Mold in the News: Issue 69

Mold in the News: Issue 69
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Mold Damage From Sandy Is Not Likely Covered By Insurance: Report: Amidst the power outages, gas shortages, mass transit shutdowns and school closures left behind in Superstorm Sandy’s wake, there’s one issue few people are talking about, and that’s the cost that homeowners will incur from mold damage. Aside from the health risks associated with mold from flooding, mold removal is extremely costly and is not covered by most home insurance policies, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The average homeowner could be forced to shell out anywhere from $200 to $30,000 for mold removal. In a recent report on Sandy’s destruction obtained by Business Insider, Citi strategist Jeffrey Berenbaum wrote, “mold damage could likely be the largest risk to properties that remain flooded for weeks.”
Expert: Sandy Victims Need To Start Getting Proactive Against Mold: The water has receded from most homes, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely dried out. The damp conditions created by Superstorm Sandy leave many at risk for mold growth. As CBS 2’s Chris Wragge reported Friday, there is quick action that can prevent mold — and the damage that comes with it. With all the devastation, it may be the last thing on the minds of Sandy victims. “Everything’s gone. The back of the house blew out,” a woman named “Carla” said. “I’m just trying to get through the day.” However, they may be facing a much harder-to-see problem, one that will likely pose potential health risks.
Leading Biotoxin Illness Expert Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker Warns of Mold Exposure in the Aftermath of Super Storm Sandy: Hurricane Sandy, with its unprecedented storm surge and consequent flooding, has created a perfect storm of health hazards that could linger on, long after the waters recede. In addition to the obvious dangers of sewage, gasoline, and other industrial contaminates spread throughout the affected areas, water damaged buildings will continue to pose a health threat, long after the streets are dry and power is restored. According to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, leading biotoxin illness expert specializing in diagnosis and treatment of mold-related sickness, Those with flooded homes, schools, and businesses have just 48 hours to dry out before the extra moisture lets harmful microbes, including mold, start to grow. Bacteria, fungi, and mold thrive in damp, humid environments, and can be found during any season. Approximately 25% of people have a genetic make-up that leaves them susceptible to the toxins produced by these microbes; inhaling these inflammagens is what makes people sick. Symptoms can range from fatigue, cough, or weakness, to shortness of breath, abdominal pain, or difficulty concentrating. Left untreated, muscle, nerve, and other systems can be injured by uncontrolled inflammation.
Flooded houses harbor health threat: Hurricane Sandy left many ugly reminders of her unwelcome visit to the Jersey Shore: docks and decks ripped away from bay-front homes, damaged appliances and destroyed possessions, and the residue of toxic flood water on roads, sidewalks and lawns. But the ugliest reminder is one just beginning to appear. It can’t be seen from the street, the way piles of soaked carpeting, sodden mattresses and ruined keepsakes can. Even when you can see it, experts say, it’s more of a nuisance than a menace, as long as it’s remediated promptly and properly. What is it? It’s mold, a four-letter word with which many Jersey Shore property owners are about to become unhappily acquainted.
Couple say baby sick from damp: A YOUNG couple claim their 11-week-old baby is suffering from chest problems as a result of damp conditions in their council house. Andrew Moorhouse, 21, and his partner Kelly Rae, 19, say that St Leger Homes – which manages council housing on behalf of Doncaster Council – did not act fast enough when the pair discovered damp in their Edlington home. They say they were even told by their health visitor that their baby daughter couldn’t have vital injections until her health improved. Andrew, of Violet Avenue, said: “Kaitlyn keeps coughing and wheezing. We were really worried about her. “We found damp and mould on the back of the wardrobe and chest of drawers, as well as on the wall in the bedroom when she was just two days old.
Why your bedroom is a ‘hotbed of allergies’: The bedroom is the most allergic room in the house, with house dust mites responsible for most of the problem. National charity Allergy UK says among those with an indoor allergy, 77% experience symptoms in the bedroom, while 41% report that their symptoms are actually made worse by that room. As Indoor Allergy Week gets underway, it says it wants to help people better manage the triggers associated with the main culprits for allergens: house dust mites, mould and pets. Experts say that the house dust mite causes most of the problems, with 92% of people reacting to them. Allergy UK says this comes as no surprise as the average person shares a bed with over two million house dust mites. When you consider that the average person spends 52 and a half hours each week in the bedroom, the nation is literally sleeping with the enemy.
Health effects plague communities hard-hit by Sandy: The waterfront neighborhoods of Lindenhurst on Long Island have become a toxic wasteland since Hurricane Sandy hit. Toxic fumes hang in the air, the ground is covered in mud and oil. Homes are gutted and the streets are barely visible; garbage is strewn about. Jill Vaneck, who lives on Artic Street, said she has been coughing since the storm hit, and she’s had a constant headache. “I’m concerned over mold, but definitely the oil – it’s everywhere, in the streets, in our homes,” Vaneck said. “The smell of oil has given me a headache every day, and I have this bad cough. So, yes, I’m concerned. I’m worried about the water . . .not only for the plumbing in my house, but there is water all around us. It’s toxic down here.”
South Street Seaport store owners battling thick green mold that has infested shops after Hurricane Sandy: The devastated business owners who saw their South Street Seaport stores destroyed by Hurricane Sandy are under attack again — by thick green mold that has infested their once-bustling shops. Workers in hazmat suits and surgical masks yesterday pulled large clods of the dangerous green growth from buildings in the low-lying area, which residents said suffered 10-foot storm surges. “Fungus is everywhere. There was bad mold — it was green, an inch thick . . . I lost everything,” said a shaken Shawn Makani, owner of Cafe on the Pier, who plans to reopen.
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After Sandy: Out In The Cold On Mold Insurance Coverage?: As victims of Superstorm Sandy evaluate the impact and begin home repairs, they should be aware that mold caused by the flooding may be the next threat. Beyond compromising a house’s structure, medical experts say some types of mold can be toxic. And there’s more bad news: Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover mold-related damages.Insurers often exclude mold problems caused by flooding because they’re considered a maintenance issue, similar to preventing e termite infestation, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).
Whirlpool front-loading washers accumulate mold, class-action lawsuit says: Front-loading Whirlpool washers accumulate mold and mildew with a smelly odor that permeates clothes in the washing machines, according to a class action lawsuit filed against the manufacturer that could affect 150,000 to 200,000 Ohio consumers. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Cleveland says that Whirlpool knew about design defects and failed to inform customers of the problems before they bought their washers.
Cleaning Up after a Basement Flood: While Sandy is fresh in our minds, it’s far from the first storm to cause flooding in basements. Losing electrical power can lead to basement flooding if your sump pump only uses electricity. That increases your chance of damaged stored items and mold growth. Plus, staying warm becomes a challenge as the temperature drops and you can’t turn on your heater. “If you don’t have any power in your house and you have water in the basement, you shouldn’t be in the house,” says Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, who says safety is the foremost issue. Even sharing power with a neighbor via extension cord is unsafe, he says. “It’s good to charge your cellphone or plug the lamp in, but not to run a household. Unless you have commercial-grade extension cords, they’re not made for that purpose,” he says.
How to deal with mold contamination after Hurricane Sandy: In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many in the Eastern part of the United States, including the tri-state area, are dealing with flooding and water damage. If areas of your home have been wet for two or more days, you may be dealing with a possible mold problem. Since patients need to be their own health advocates and take the proper precautions, here are the most important things you need to know when dealing with molds.