Mold in the News: Issue 72
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Legal, Rebuilding Headaches From Mold May Last Long After the Storm Leaves: As the East Coast starts the long road to recovery in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, one of the most hotly contested areas of litigation, based on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, will likely be related to property damage and personal injury allegedly attributable to mold. Commercial property owners and managers, as well as contractors and insurance companies, are advised to carefully evaluate proper response approaches when responding to complaints about, or evidence of, mold proliferation in spaces with indoor occupants. The alternative may well be protracted and costly courtroom battles.
After Sandy’s deluge, mold and dust are the threats: From his perch on top of his father’s house in Breezy Point, N.Y., Ken Court can see an array of health disasters in the making. “There are asbestos roofs that have collapsed near the ocean,” says Court, a 52-year-old roofer. “There is a lot of dust. You see people walking around with masks on. You use the hand cleaners all day long.” Breezy Point sits at the tip of the peninsula jutting into the waters south of Brooklyn where Jamaica Bay, New York Bay and the Atlantic Ocean come together. Much of the close-knit, blue-collar neighborhood was destroyed when Superstorm Sandy hit three weeks ago – swamped in the storm surge, roofs ripped by flailing winds or burned to the ground in a six-alarm fire that took out block after block of homes.
MOLD and HEALTH (1)
Mold Miracle: 13-year-old Girl Gets Second Chance after Asthma Attack: It can be growing in your home. And slowly creeping into your immune system. It can be a silent killer. Mold killed a 13-year-old Peoria girl not once, but twice. “The outside is fixed, but this (ceiling) is what we get on the inside,” explains Saprina Brown. It should’ve been a simple repair. A leaky roof. “The tenants before us had complained about the rain coming through, she was going to send somebody out to fix it, but never did.” After months of water coming into her home…The unthinkable. “To go to sleep and then get a phone call, nine in the morning, saying that your child’s dead, the day after her birthday, is just unexplainable,” says Brown. “I don’t wish that upon nobody.
MOLD IN SCHOOLS (3)
Mold adds to cost of reopening shuttered schools: The St. Paul public school district is investing nearly $7 million to renovate four shuttered schools scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2013. It already has spent more than $184,000 on mold removal at two of the schools, an expense that some district employees say could have been avoided. The district also spent $45,000 to deal with water damage when a hose was left on overnight during one of the mold-removal projects. District officials say they did all they could to ward off mold problems during the humid summer of 2011 — and addressed them promptly that fall.
Manchester Middle School Re-Opening After Mold Cleanup: Middle school students will be back in their permanent building Monday, as the Manchester Middle School will re-open. Sixth-graders were bused from their temporary home at the high school on Wednesday for an orientation. Principal Nancy Driber talked about the opening and reminded the kids that starting Monday, school starts at 7:39 a.m. “so there is no more sleeping late.” Guidance counselor Kristen Sutherland showed them how to open lockers. Middle school students have been on a split session schedule at the high school since the discovery of mold at the middle school in August forced a remediation effort.
Joe Soucheray: Mold not the only problem in St. Paul school district: The bottomless pit of public education funding in St. Paul now includes more than $200,000 for the removal of mold at two shuttered schools scheduled to reopen in 2013. That figure includes $45,000 to deal with water damage caused by a hose having been left on overnight in one of the buildings. People speaking for the school district don’t know who left the hose on, a contractor or an employee.
MOLD IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Downham woman’s ‘nightmare’ due to damp in flat: THE damp in a woman’s flat was so bad it caused mould to grow on her flip flops. Kelly Hallett, moved into the flat, Capstone Road in Downham, and said she’s been living a “nightmare” ever since. Her doctors have also written a letter to the housing company, Phoenix, recommending she be moved due to her health. The 35 year-old said: “I wake up coughing and being sick, so does my daughter, Emily who’s eight. I never had any health problems before.
Flood leaves community housing residents scrambling for new homes: Water leaks, floods, mould scares, rust-coloured water … for more than five years the tenants of 704 Mortimer Ave., a community housing building in East York, have been dealing with the building’s plumbing slowly falling apart. On Tuesday, at 5:30 a.m., the problems reached a breaking point — literally. The main water line on the third floor burst, sending water pouring through ceilings and flooding the building. On Wednesday evening, the tight-knit community of tenants — many of them single mothers — of the 33-unit building on the corner of Mortimer and Woodbine Aves. were told they must move out by Monday so intensive repair work can be done. They are not sure where they will go, where their belongings will be stored or when they will be able to return home. “Why didn’t they fix it before it reached this point?” demanded five-year tenant Denise Huneauit, standing with a crowd of panicked residents outside the building Thursday morning. Inside, workers clad in white suits and face masks are hard at work amid the hum of fans and dehumidifiers, ripping up carpet and drywall in hallways and apartments, to avoid further damage and mould growth that could start after 72 hours.
Mold, fire hazards created when crawl space gets wet: Homeowners who have had their homes flooded above the first floor are in danger of assuming they can remove the drywall, insulation and floor covering, and when apparently dry, replace everything. The crawl space will probably still be wet. The floor joists, floor insulation and underside of the subfloor, having been submerged, will retain moisture. This is an invitation to mold and an unhealthy home. Removing the subfloor and insulation is the best way to resolve the problem, although costly. For those who elect not to, be advised that forced ventilation of your crawl space is recommended, followed by a mold inspection and treatment if necessary.
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