Mold in the News: Issue 74

Mold in the News: Issue 74
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mould related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 13 stories we thought may interest you!
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Addressing Mold in Apartments: When a co-op shareholder or a condo unit-owner complains about mold and water infiltration in an apartment, a co-op or condo board should give the matter immediate attention. Delay will only cause greater expense in both remediation costs and legal fees. Delay in inspecting the source of the water will cause mold to grow and/or spread. If the water source can be corrected quickly, no mold will grow at all. If mold exists and spreads, the cost to remediate the mold properly will be significant.
Can I Sue for Mold Exposure?: People who have been exposed to mold often wonder if they can sue. A typical question about mold exposure goes something like this: Can I sue for mold in my apartment? Can I sue my place of employment for exposure to mold? My property has been damaged due to mold, can I sue for damages? A variation of the three with additional personal details. To answer these questions you must first understand that no advice should be taken word for word because your situation can differ from general responses, no matter how alike it may seem. Keeping this in mind, you should always contact an attorney in your area to get guidance on your specific issue. The circumstances of your situation may be different from those referred to here, in which case only an injury lawyer in your area can give you accurate guidance.
Mold From Hurricane Sandy? “Four Ds” Help Homeowners Clean Up, Remove and Prevent Mold: Sandy’s water surge brought 13.88 feet of high water at the Battery in New York Harbor and devastating damage to life and property across New-York, New Jersey, Maryland and Philadelphia. Now that Sandy’s flood waters have receded, the problems facing homeowners have not. Another serious Sandy side-effect is a a threat to more property damage, health, not to mention additional clean-up costs- Mold. Traditional mold–fighting solutions, like bleach, have limited effectiveness against mold and also emit harmful chemicals into the air. If not identified early, homeowners who thought they escaped with minor flooding can be left with thousands of dollars in mold damage and health issues.
More Hurricane Sandy aftereffects – do not mess with the black mold: When Hurricane Sandy came to the Rockaways, it wrecked a lot of people’s lives and property – people were displaced when their homes were damaged, some beyond recognition; the boardwalk was destroyed, a structure that provided pleasure for visitors and residents and income for businesses located on it; and fires raged in Belle Harbor and Breezy Point, burning everything to the ground (exception: the Madonna). Sandy’s destruction was obvious and it was easy – though heartbreaking – to see what was gone. Myriad problems and challenges followed – how to get supplies into the area; how to get an inspector to come by and determine if one’s home needed to be demolished; and how to live day to day. But there are hidden dangers from the storm – we mentioned the tetanus risk earlier, but black mold is also a threat, and it’s a pretty nasty one.
Superstorm Sandy: Cold, mold loom as hazards in disaster zones: A month after Sandy’s floodwaters swept up his block, punched a hole in his foundation and drowned his furnace, John Frawley still has no electricity or heat in his dilapidated home on the Rockaway seashore. The 57-year-old, who also lost his car and all his winter clothes in the flood, now spends his nights shivering in a pair of donated snow pants, worrying whether the cold might make his chronic heart condition worse.
Concern over mold at Montevallo Elementary continues: Black mold discovered in a portion of Montevallo Elementary School continues to raise concern among parents. “I just want them to go to school, home and not get sick. That’s all I really want,” parent Justin Shores said. The clean up process on the affected portion of the school started in September. It’s forcing about a hundred students into portable buildings. The school system says everything should be back to normal by January.

Parents Concerned About Potential Mold At Queens School: While the New York City Department of Education says it is clean, concerns over mold have some parents keeping their kids out of P.S. 114 in Queens. NY1’s Natasha Ghoneim filed the following report. Parents want to know: is there mold growing behind the Sandy battered walls of P.S./M.S. 114? Until tests provide a definitive no, Maggie Murphy isn’t going back to her fifth-grade classroom. “I was scared if I could get sick,” she said. “How could you possibly open up the school and put these children and teachers and so on in jeopardy?” said parent Don Murphy. “I don’t understand that.”
Olive Branch Elementary students’ parents want mold, rodent issues fixed: Parents of Olive Branch Elementary students have complained to DeSoto County school board members about environmental problems at the school, including mold and rodents, and asked school system officials to do something. The Commercial Appeal reports Heather Fox, who has a 7-year-old daughter at the school, told board members Monday she knows some of the conditions she has seen at the school shouldn’t be allowed.
Mold found in Pearsall Elementary School: Some area parents are worried that their children may be sick from moldy conditions at Ted Flores Elementary. Pearsall I.S.D. superintendent says the low levels of mold found do not cause a danger to students who are using parts of the elementary school. The second grade wing is closed for renovations. The school had a environmental consultant take air samples to test the mold levels. The inside air samples identified lower levels of total fungal spores than the outside air sample. Slightly elevated spores of Aspergillus/Penicillium were identified on one of the air samples collected in the cafeteria.
Mold discovered at Sarasota Salvation Army: A few families staying at Sarasota’s Salvation Army building on 10th Street were being forced out Wednesday night — but it’s for their own safety. Several residents living in the family dorms are being evicted after mold was discovered in some of the rooms. Officials at the Salvation Army aren’t saying much about the ordeal, but a source there tells us they are working quickly to fix the problem.
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East side house demolished because of mold: A once historic house in a fashionable Milwaukee neighborhood is now a pile of rubble, razed because of mold. The mold infestation was discovered just days after Craig Miller and his wife bought it. There was mold under carpets and behind dry wall throughout the house. “We had a great hope that we would be able to do a little bit of remodeling and live here forever. That was the hope, unfortunately, not realized,” Miller said.
Zombie mould returns to attack central organ of Canadian government: Secret documents in the archives of the Privy Council Office are mould-infested – more than a decade after the pesky scourge was thought to have been killed off for good. The mould first appeared in 2001, after a flood from a broken pipe drenched key files in a storage area used by the Privy Council Office, the department that supports Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the cabinet.
Sandy cleanup: Workers who are sent into mold-infested, storm-damaged basements lack proper equipment, gear or training: Extra hands hired off the street are being sent into mold-infested, storm-damaged basements in public housing to clean with highly toxic chemicals but without proper equipment, gear or training, the Daily News has learned. The Housing Authority first asked its union partners to help with the cleaning — but union officials refused, citing the lack of training or protective clothing. So the city hired Belchor, an outside company, to do the work. The company would not comment, but a top official with the federal agency that oversees worker safety said workers were not properly suited up for the jobs they were performing.