Mold in the News: Issue 13

Mold in the News: Issue 13
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: Mould is so bad it grows in our food cupboards: Kelly Mercer has lived in the house in Kennington Road, Radford, for four years – and says that for the past two years, mould has affected every room. Mould misery Kaira, 4, right, and Rianne, 5, in their bedroom, with mould evident on the ceiling and, below left, a close-up of the problem.
Labrador school to stay shuttered for months, mould cause: Residents of Charlottetown want a new school to replace the current aging one. Pictured is water damage that closed the school last month. The school in Charlottetown on Labrador’s coast will be closed for at least another two months. Western School Board officials confirmed last night that more mould has been found at William Gillett Academy. School council member Lisa Dempster said the priority now is to find places for students to attend classes.
Scrub your way to a cleaner kitchen: Spring cleaning should begin in the kitchen, but shouldn’t end when summer arrives. Kitchens provide ideal places for mold and bacteria to grow and because of the close proximity to a family’s food supply they should be cleaned often. Microscopic dangers can hide behind appliances and forgotten crevices or in plain site in high traffic areas like counter tops and light switches if they are not cleaned regularly.
Allergy season rushes in: Jennifer Maryniak holds her son, Collin, almost 2, in the kitchen of her Rexmont home. Before them sit the many medications she takes for allergies and asthma. She has suffered from allergies since she was a teenager.
Video: Angie’s List: Water Damage: Now that we’ve had an early spring thaw, it’s time to do an assessment. You need to make sure water damage isn’t washing away your most important investment, your home. The solutions are usually simple and inexpensive, but waiting too long can be costly. Time is of the essence when you have water coming into your house. It can quickly lead to wood rot, structural damage and mold.
Better Science Means More Toxic Mold Lawsuits: Toxic mold lawsuits have historically been met with speculation. Much of this was the result of the science — differing opinions on causation and whether visible mold automatically implies the presence of toxins. Some even went so far as to claim mold litigation was based on “junk science and hysteria.” However, a recent ruling from a New York appeals court suggests that prevailing opinions about mold science may have changed.
Mold is not just indoors and can cause infection: Does mold cause serious health problems? — T.J., Seneca A: People who are sensitive to mold usually present with allergy symptoms of stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing or skin irritation.
Video: Vancouver tenants protest so-called renovictions from moldy building: About two dozen people rallied outside an apartment building in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood Monday to protest so-called renovictions. Residents of Richard Watson Manor, at 577 East 8th Avenue, say they’re being forced out by Carrera Management Corporation. Of the building’s 39 units, tenants say just four remain occupied because unsafe, unnecessary and disruptive renovations have pressured tenants to leave.
Mold in the Attic: If you see black stuff covering or growing on the roof sheathing in your attic, it’s probably mold. It’s never fun to find out that your house has mold, but the fix for mold in the attic is usually quite straightforward, and doesn’t involve the services of any ‘mold remediation experts’. There are a lot of folks in the real estate industry, including home inspectors, who get very excited when the word ‘mold’ comes up.
Hagens Berman: Portico Decking Customers File Lawsuit, Claim Deck Mold Policy Violates Warranty: Consumers, represented by Hagens Berman, who purchased Portico-brand decking manufactured by Fiberon have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that when their decking developed mold and fungus, the company failed to honor its warranty and pay for the deck to be repaired or replaced.
Couple claims mold due to improper plumbing: Local residents Samuel and Carol Rogers allege plumbing work and subsequent repairs at their Dickinson residence resulted in “significant” mold growth, recent court documents say. The Rogers are suing Keystone Foundation Repair Ltd., Vornkahl LLC and Irving Williams, doing business as Williams Plumbing Co,. in Galveston County District Court.
Nearly 70% of Americans Have Found Stains, Mold, Hair and More in Their Hotel Rooms: Quarter of Americans Admit to Cleaning Their Hotel Room with Disinfectant Wipes. Whether checking into a hotel for a night or for a weeklong vacation, nearly 9 in 10 (87%) Americans inspect their hotel rooms for cleanliness upon arrival, and 49% of Americans, clean all or part of their hotel rooms themselves, according to a survey issued by Wakefield Research.

Mold in the News: Issue 11

Mold in the News: Issue 11
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.
Halstead: ‘Mould making me ill’: A family say they don’t know where to turn after being told their windows will not be replaced for another three years despite pools of water appearing inside their house. Mum Lisa Scrimshaw, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, says her condition has been made worse because the house is so cold. She also said the family have been forced to buy electric heaters and blankets at their own expense to keep warm during the winter because the windows won’t close properly.
Safety of students priority after mould discovered in school, says government: Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister is trying to quell concerns after mould was found in a small community’s only school. Clyde Jackman says the safety of students at William Gillett Academy in Charlottetown, along Labrador’s southeast coast, is a priority for the government. Jackman says preliminary results of testing carried out last week by an independent consultant found elevated levels of mould in some areas of the kindergarten to Grade 12 school.
Labrador town needs new school because of mould problem: A leaking, mouldy school in Charlottetown, Labrador, needs to be replaced, says MHA Yvonne Jones. Several tests have shown mould at William Gillette Academy despite some remediation measures, Jones stated in a news release. The school was closed three weeks ago after a leaky roof led to water-soaked ceiling tiles falling into classrooms. Since then, students and teachers have been using church basements as a temporary school.
Prevent mould in key areas of the home: Singapore has a climate of high humidity and creates the perfect conditions in which mould likes to grow. A key area of mould growth is the bathroom, not surprisingly because it is an area of the house that attracts condensation and water retention.
Waterford voters reject school upgrade prompted by mold problem: Township residents on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a $9.2 million plan to upgrade local schools in the wake of a mold infestation. Residents voted 738-369 to defeat the plan, which called for improvements to Waterford?s three elementary schools. Those schools closed for a week last fall due to mold problems, and district officials had said the project would address structural problems, such as leaky roofs, that had led to the infestation.
Mold causing health concerns in Hartford School: Numerous parents, the leader of the local teachers union, the director of the national group that supports the union are concerned for the safety of teachers and students at William Paca/Old Post Road elementary schools after new reports and photos of black mold and rust in the facilities have been revealed.
Video: Little Havana Apartment Residents Living With Mold: Carla Balladares has to wash her dishes with extra care because she can only use cold water. She says the owner of her Little Havana apartment building has failed to provide hot water since January. “It’s difficult when you have three children. You want them to have a house, a home,” she told CBS4’s Natalia Zea in Spanish with tears in her eyes. She says her six-year-old daughter keeps getting colds despite her attempts to give her a warm bath using water she heats up in the oven.
Lead, Mold Contaminate Honolulu Hale: A new report says mold and lead dust has been found in Honolulu Hale, raising health concerns for those who work and do business at City Hall. Indoor mold, the report notes, proliferates in moist or humid areas and can induce “allergic respiratory disease” for some individuals. Lead, meanwhile, is often found in paint flakes and poses more of a concern for children younger than 6 than for adults.
Blight fight: Ypsilanti Township targets 10 property owners with mold, mice and other code violations: Once again, Ypsilanti Township’s Board of Trustees approved staff and its legal department moving forward with court action against multiple property owners. At its March 12 meeting, the board unanimously approved staff to take legal action – if necessary – against 10 property owners, which is triple the usual load.
Spring cleaning efforts can lead to healthier lifestyles: Annual U.S. Prevalence Statistics for Chronic Diseases reports that allergies and asthma strike one out of five Americans each year, and though there is no cure for allergies, simple measures such as spring cleaning can greatly impact the physical and mental health of those living in a home. A sure sign of spring is increased pollen and mold counts, but bacteria, mold and haphazardly stored items throughout a home can negatively impact a person’s health as well, according to health experts.