Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

  

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

  

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

  

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

  

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish

Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish
Earlier this year, we published an article on the growing risk of mold and asbestos for homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Recently a Public Advocate in NY, Bill de Blasio, stated that federal officials should do more to address the growing mold problem faced by homeowners dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Mold needs three ingredients to grow:
1. Food, which includes materials high in cellulose content such as paper and wood. Drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt, are also food sources for mold.
2. Temperatures of 5 degrees to 38 degrees present the perfect environment for mold.
3. Finally, water is the key ingredient. Mold can not grow without moisture. Where there is moisture, you will find mold. This is one of the reasons that leaking pipes, roofs and ceiling, sewer backups, floods, and condensation end up causing mold issues.
Mold is a growing concern because we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, creating a situation ripe for health issues.
Mold is like a cancer, unless it is dealt with and removed, it will continue to grow. Indeed, in addition to the many health issues caused by mold, it also poses structural risks for homeowners.
Considering the enormous cost of mold in added health care costs and lost productivity to business, de Blasio’s argument certainly makes sense. Nationwide, government’s need to follow the example of Kentucky and create regulations to not only regulate the mold remediation industry, but hopefully mandate insurance companies to offer affordable mold remediation insurance. Unless these issues are properly addressed, mold will continue to be a growing concern and have a negative impact because it is a proven fact that mold causes sickness, particularly in individuals that have a genetic pre-disposition to this problem.
“I think what’s happened here is in their desire to move past Sandy and to reduce the kind of resources they spend the city has tried to make the program less expansive than it could be but what we’re saying is you can’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish because you’re just gonna end up with a lot of people who are sick or can’t live in their homes.”
Well stated, Mr. de Blasio, not taking this issue seriously is truly and remarkably Penny Wise Pound Foolish.

Superstorm Sandy Leaves Behind the Threat of Asbestos Exposure

Superstorm Sandy Leaves Behind the Threat of Asbestos Exposure
Earlier this week we reported that mold was a threat from floods caused by Hurricane Sandy.
News reports from Asbestos.com and Mesothelioma.com are now warning home and business owners to be aware of the threat of asbestos:
Superstorm Sandy will be leaving behind more than the obvious death, destruction and darkness that it leveled on millions of Americans this week. It will leave behind more subtle dangers, too. When the cleanup begins, another threat remains. The risk of asbestos exposure has increased significantly in the wake of Sandy.
In fact, according to Mesothelioma.com:
The presence of asbestos after a storm is a serious issue. In New York City, after the World Trade Center towers fell, experts say there was a large amount of asbestos in the debris left behind. As a matter of fact, some first responders were diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases just a few years after 9/11. That means the concentration of asbestos was so toxic that diseases that normally take decades to develop were evident in less than five years.
Got Mold? has covered the issue of asbestos extensively and encourages you to share this information with friends and family that may be affected by this catastrophic environmental disaster. Knowledge is power and could save someone’s life. Contact your local Disaster Restoration Specialist and Insurance Agent before beginning clean up on your own. If you are concerned that you may have asbestos, review the Infographic below as it shows you areas of the home that may have asbestos.
Asbestos in the Home


Further Reading
How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?
10 Interesting Facts About Asbestos in the USA [Infographic]
Renovating? Read This Message From Our President!
10 Interesting Historical Facts About Asbestos [Infographic]
ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
BanAsbestos.us
The Asbestos Epidemic in America
WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
The Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!
Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!
Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust
Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret
Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
The Asbestos Abatement Process
Why is Asbestos so Scary?
Got Asbestos?
Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”

How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?

How Many People Die From Asbestos Each Year?
Discussing death is a topic that most people want to avoid. However, the fact of the matter is asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma kill people each and every day.
According to the World Heath Organization 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposure.
This means that approximately 294 people die daily from asbestos. Every hour 12 people die because of asbestos. One death every 5 minutes!
Should asbestos be banned? Absolutely!
Sadly, however, about 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace, meaning death from asbestos will continue.
You can do something about this situation! The Internet has mobilized concerned citizens and is gaining momentum. At the forefront of this campaign is the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an independent organization founded in 2004 to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. Please visit the ADAO site and sign the many petitions they have set up for banning asbestos around the world. Also, join the ADAO’s “Light a Candle” campaign to honor victims of asbestos disease.

Make yourself heard, join us in our efforts. Please share this article with your friends, family, and colleagues, so that we can continue to spread the word and increase awareness.
Further Reading
ADAO – Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
BanAsbestos.us
The Asbestos Epidemic in America
WHO | Asbestos: elimination of asbestos-related diseases
The Jig Is Up For The Asbestos Industry!
Canada’s Asbestos Industry Could End!
Elliot Lake, Ontario Residents Exposed to Asbestos Dust
Should I Be Concerned About Asbestos?
The Politics of Asbestos: Canada’s Ugly Secret
Quebec Pumps $58 Million into Certain Death
The Asbestos Abatement Process
Why is Asbestos so Scary?
Got Asbestos?
Asbestos Removal and Abatement
Asbestos Is The “Ideal Carcinogen”

Mold in the News: Issue 7

Mold in the News: Issue 7
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.
Mold case can go forward: appeals court: An appeals court on Tuesday clarified a 2008 ruling, finding that it did not bar individuals from pursuing claims that they developed illnesses from toxic mold.
Get independent lab to test air before mold cleanup: Few things scare homeowners more than learning they have mold in their home. Mold is a common problem that could cause health risks and diminish your home’s value. Though most mold remediators are honest and reliable, some unscrupulous companies try to scare homeowners into spending thousands of dollars unnecessarily. One tactic these companies use is revealing results an air quality test the company conducts itself, which shows mold present in the home.
AK Department of Building: Mold and Water Problems: State Department of Labor employees in Juneau will move out of a building that has experienced mold and water infiltration problems. State procurement officer Vern Jones tells the Juneau Empire that the state has ended negotiations with Juneau 1 LLC, the owner of the building referred to locally as the “Plywood Palace.” Jones says the building owners wanted a 10-year commitment from the state.
UPDATE–Video: Edgewater Elementary plagued by mold: The Edgewater Elementary School has a mold problem, according to tests done by an outside contractor. Parents and teachers have been complaining the damp moldy building is making them sick.
Video: Cordova Middle School Parents Worried About Possible Mold At School: Parents worried about mold at Cordova Middle School want to know if a teacher’s death over the weekend is related to mold. The School system is not speculating on the cause of death, but testing samples from school as precaution. Silence and “don’t worry” remarks concern some parents. They want to know whether their children are in danger from what they think is mold inside the school.
Budget Waterproofing Encourages Homeowners to Conduct Spring Mold Inspection: With the warmer weather approaching, Budget Waterproofing recommends homeowners to examine their houses, especially basements, looking for the signs of mold. If not handled promptly, mold growth might escalate and present a serious health hazard. According to the recent CBS21 story, some areas of Pennsylvania and Maryland are still dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee that hit the East Coast this past September.