Mold in the News: Issue 15

Mold in the News: Issue 15
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 some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
Mould found at seniors centre: Breathing complaints at the Katrine Community Centre led to the discovery of mould in the seniors centre downstairs. Township of Armour Reeve Bob MacPhail explained that a few years ago there was a leak near one of the staircases and since then work was done, including extending the roof, however a recent discovery of mould caused concern with seniors using the facility.
Solving the mold problem: Steve Tilman estimates that he’s looked at more than 3,000 homes in his eight years as a licensed home inspector for HomeCheck Inspections in Winston-Salem. In many of those inspections, Tilman – a certified mold investigator and assessor and certified indoor-air-quality technician – was checking for mold. But Tilman discovered that his customers had difficulty finding reliable companies to solve the mold problem.
Parents Allege Mold in Middle Township Elementary No. 2 : Pink painted ceilings don’t seem to be able to contain the black stains seeping through from what appears to be a proliferation of mold in Elementary No. 2.
Tips for preventing, removing mold, mildew: Spring is officially here and Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities would like to remind residents that mold and mildew are common in this part of the country because of the warm and moist air that this season brings. Though mold and mildew spores are always in the air, the types that cause mildew need moisture and can only grow in certain temperatures and can commonly develop in Kansas.
Allergy season gets off to early start: Elizabeth Harris Krasnoff knows this spring is turning into a terrible allergy season.
Mold testing set for Middle school: A Pennsylvania firm is expected to conduct mold testing at Middle Township Elementary School No. 2 this weekend. A parent recently raised concerns over ceiling tile discoloration in the one classroom at elementary school, said Superintendent Michael Kopakowski. But Kopakowski did not want to say if mold is present. That’s why testing is being done, he said.
Video: Allergens target nearly half of people in the Ozarks: Treatment can be tricky. “The mold is a very bad thing in the Ozarks. But most people don’t talk about it that much because there is not that much we can do about it,” explained Lux. “There are molds that don’t grow in culture, so we don’t have them available for testing. So there’s a lot of people who suffer from mold in the Ozarks, but we don’t have an allergy test for it.
Military housing firm cites progress in mold abatement: Despite delays that Lincoln Military Housing blames on new state standards related to mold, the company has made marked progress in cleaning up hundreds of its houses across Hampton Roads, Lincoln officials said this week. But for several families who may sue over the issue, it’s too little, too late, according to their lawyer.

Mold in the News: Issue 14

Mold in the News: Issue 14
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 some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
FEATURED STORY: Video: Condo Association Accused Of Hiding Mold Problems From Tenants: A company managing condominiums and apartment rental units is being accused of exposing residents to potentially dangerous mold and not telling them about it. CBS 2′s Dave Savini investigates the conditions and a woman’s fight for justice. Sonia Alvarado’s home is sealed in plastic. To get a glimpse inside, she puts on a special protective mask and mentally braces herself.
Mold problem at DHS nearly gone: Responsibility for a mold problem at Demopolis High School lies with air conditioning maintenance and drainage according to a report presented to the board of education Monday night. Last week, representatives of Safety Environmental Laboratories and Consulting, Inc (SELC) conducted a Limited Indoor Environmental (Fungal/Mold) Assessment of Select Areas of Demopolis High School, which was requested due to concerns of fungal contamination at the school.
Mould and Your Health: Mould and Your Health Home is where the heart is – it’s where we spend time with family, friends and loved ones. Because we spend much of our time at home, home is also where our health is. That’s why it’s important to make sure that our homes are healthy environments. The steps to make your home a healthy environment may not all come as a surprise to you. But you may be surprised at just how much those little actions can help your health!
Court Rejects Teacher’s Suit Over Classroom Mold: A Virginia teacher who suffered sinusitis, bronchitis, and other ailments because of exposure to excessive mold in her classroom could not sue her school district on a constitutional claim that her bodily integrity had been violated, a federal appeals court has ruled.
More floods means more mould – and more respiratory problems?: We know that Australia is a country of droughts and flooding rains, but recently it has seen more rain than usual. By Dr Tom Jeavons and Professor Michael Abramson In the past five years there has been record rainfall and flooding in many towns and cities across eastern Australia. The floods themselves are dangerous, but there are also health hazards associated with the indoor dampness that follows, and more specifically the excessive mould this encourages.
Floods herald creeping problem of mould and growing health risks: The past five years have seen record rainfall and flooding in many towns and cities across eastern Australia. The floods themselves are dangerous, but so are the health hazards associated with the indoor dampness that follows and, more specifically, the excessive mould it encourages. A lot of indoor mould growth resulted from Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of homes in New Orleans in 2005.
First Nations students likely to lose school year: Most elementary school students in Pikangikum First Nation won’t be passing this year. They’ve lost 57 days of class time since December, when teachers left the community after mould was discovered in their homes. Repairs have been made and trailers brought in for alternative accommodations, but Principal Joanne Donnelly said teachers won’t be back until next week at the earliest. They’re still waiting for the results of air quality testing before returning. The delay will have consequences for students.
Province goes to war on scofflaw landlords: The provincial government has slapped notorious landlord Gurdyal Singh Sahota with a $115,000 penalty for failing to maintain a water-damaged Surrey apartment building despite several orders from the Residential Tenancy Branch. The penalty against Sahota, a wealthy landlord who has long been criticized for allowing his buildings to fall into disrepair, is the first administrative penalty under the Residential Tenancy Act.
Video: Mold forces elderly woman out of West Palm Beach condo: A 78-year-old Century Village resident says she complained about a leak in her unit years ago, but no one believed her until the problem got so bad she became sick and her entire kitchen had to be gutted.

Mold in the News: Issue 12

Mold in the News: Issue 12
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 some stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of mould and mould related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet important mould news. Our facebook page is also full of mould news…please LIKE us. Our founder, James C. Watson, is donating $0.50 for every new LIKE we get to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Thanks for your support.
FEATURE STORY: Court denies appeal of school mold lawsuit: An appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Suffolk Public Schools by a former teacher who alleged that mold in her classroom caused her illness. Christina Hood taught fourth grade at Booker T. Washington Elementary School during the 2007-2008 school year. She originally filed suit in June 2009 claiming that the School Board knew about mold and humidity issues in the building and deliberately sought to cover up the problems.
CBC Audio: More Mould in Pikangikum First Nations
Fix them now: Building maintenance has long been a weakness of Harford County Public Schools. Certainly, school buildings are used hard and can’t be expected to last forever. Then again, most school buildings are constructed rather solidly using the best techniques of the day. Even when the old Bel Air High School building was demolished a few years back, it wasn’t falling apart and, with enough work, probably could have been kept serviceable for another half century.
$100K+ To Fix Lead, Mold at Honolulu Hale: Two city departments will together look to hire an emergency contractor to clean up mold and lead at Honolulu Hale — an operation that is expected to cost taxpayers at least $100,000. The contaminants were revealed in a report released last month by a consultant hired to study the safety of city hall last summer. Civil Beat first shared photos and details from the report Thursday.
Take Simple Steps To Reduce Mold In Storm-Impacted Buildings : Recent storms in Indiana may have caused mold. Outside, mold decays leaves, contributing to soil enrichment. However, mold growing inside buildings can cause serious health risks.
Controlling Mold Growth Indoors During Spring Cleaning and the Rest of the Year: Spring is around the corner and with the season’s warming weather we often open up our windows and take on the task of spring cleaning. As a toxicologist for EPA’s Indoor Environments Division, I’m often asked if I have any indoor air quality tips that people might use during spring cleaning. One step people might not think of is to check for excess moisture that could lead to mold growth and take steps to prevent mold from becoming a problem in the home.

Mold in the News: Issue 4

Mold in the News: Issue 4
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of mold related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are some stories we thought may interest you!
Mold remains a problem for people hit hard by Tropical Storm Lee: Nearly six months after Tropical Storm Lee soaked Central PA, people are still waking up to problems. We understand mold is a persistent pest for many flood victims. Mold is a pesky problem that may still be blossoming behind your back if you couldn’t take care of it immediately or turned a blind eye. Experts fear that as temperatures continue to climb and become more humid, the problem will only get worse.
Titusville police mold problem to cost city $600K: Titusville city leaders said a mold problem at the police department will now cost the city $600,000 to clean up. WFTV reported in October when officials discovered the mold at the headquarters on John Glenn Boulevard. There’s now mold in 42 rooms at the department. City leaders said peeling back the vinyl wallpaper at the Titusville police station was like peeling back an onion. Crews kept finding more mold and more problems.
Camp Allen takes action to get rid of mold in barracks: More mold problems have been reported; this time the complaints are coming from local bases. But the military is not shying away from the mold monster. Instead, they are trying to keep our troops safe from it. Complaints started surfacing in October about the mold and water damage on Camp Allen in Norfolk at the 1st fleet anti-terrorism security team building.
Does my House have Mold and What should I do?: Q. What is the difference between a mushroom, a toadstool, a mold, a mildew, and a fungus? A. They are all fungi (singular = fungus). The study of fungi is called mycology. Q. Where can I find fungi? A. Everywhere, including the Arctic, Antarctic, tropics, deserts, woodlands, oceans, lakes, streams, in the air, in the soil, and even on the soot in chimneys.
Video: Mould Invades Ottawa Home: Recent research suggests that mold can more than double the risk of respiratory illness in children. Please watch this video, there is great information here! Does your home have lots of humidity or visible mold, watch this video!
Video: Black Mold Covered by Wallpaper, This Will Gross You Out: From the outside, an apartment building on a north side commercial corridor looks unlike any other. But a look inside reveals shocking conditions. Shakeen Aslam, a tenant of the building at 2727 W. Devon Ave., said he stopping paying rent to the landlord because things were so deplorable; rotting ceilings, jerry-rigged and exposed wiring, and electric meters rusting from the water that had been leaking on them from above.
Health Care and Household Mold: Have you ever noticed a musty smell in your bathroom, closet, or other areas of the house, especially in areas near water? Mold: it’s as old as the Earth and it’s everywhere- inside homes and out. And under the right set of conditions, it can actually start to grow inside your house, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB reports that Mold is alive, but it is neither a plant nor an animal. Mold is a type of fungus.
Video: SNOKIST Recycles Black Toxic Moldy Apple Sauce 4 Children. Shocking!: Leeza Broome did what many parents do when her kids came down with upset stomachs in January – she fed them applesauce. A nurse recommended the applesauce diet. But the result was not good. “After that their diarrhea, both of them, got much worse,” said Broome.
Mold found in two Lake County fire stations: Mold has been found in two Lake County fire stations, an official said today. Firefighters will be moved into trailers in the parking lot when workers begin to eradicate the mold from a station in Astor and another in the Four Corners area, county spokeswoman Kelly LaFollette said. Cleanup is expected to take 50 working days.
Mold found at Port Barre High School: Significant water damage at Port Barre High School has caused a serious mold issue at the school’s library, science lab and a classroom, St. Landry Parish School System officials said this week. The problem first was spotted in the library, where books were so badly damaged by water that they had to be thrown out, system curriculum director Claudia Blanchard told the school board Building, Lands and Sites Committee on Monday.

Mould in Classroom Made Her Sick!

Mould in Classroom Made Her Sick: Forced to Retire, Denied Benefits!
“My doctor just kept giving me medication and I kept taking medication,” Griffith said. “I had puffers … a yellow, an orange — I’ve had them all.”
“It would be irresponsible to return an employee that has already developed a health risk.”
Yesterday I read this news story about Carmen Griffith, a woman dedicated to running the after school program at Chelsea Elementary School in West Quebec. Here are the facts:
1. Griffith’s health did not have to suffer…the root cause of the problem was a leaky roof, which was not fixed. Mold thrives in such conditions. All the school board had to do is fix the leaky roof and then conduct an air quality test to measure the mold spore count.
2. Since the roof was not fixed on the portable school room, moisture continued to enter…creating a breeding ground for mold to thrive.
3. Black mould was found underneath wallpaper covering the wall behind Griffith’s desk. Black mold, also known as stachybotrys, is toxic.
4. After four years of working at her desk, Griffith became severely ill and was constantly seeing her doctor. Eventually, the air quality was tested and toxic mold spores were found.
5. Mold is the root cause of Griffith’s health problems; mold was found growing in her lungs.
6. Griffith had to retire early because she was no longer able to work because of her health.
Despite these facts, Quebec’s Workers Compensation Agency is denying Griffith her benefits, stating that there is no link between the working conditions and her health. Really?
“I’m very upset that the system let me down,” Griffiths said. “I feel the system could have done more for me, I really do. It’s maddening.”
I agree, this is maddening! Mold is a growing concern. This problem did not have to occur; it could have easily been prevented by fixing the root cause. Yet, the West Quebec School Board failed to do this. How many other school boards are negligent and failing to make their schools safe environments for students, teachers, and staff?
It is clear that in our quest to save money our governments and school boards are sacrificing the health of our children and teachers. This story should upset every parent or teacher who is concerned about the air quality of their schools. Is your school a safe environment or a breeding ground for toxic mold? We want to know.
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