Mold in the news issue #174

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. We share these links every time we can on all of our social media channels.
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Mold Awareness
September is Mold awareness month and got mold? has put together a 4 part segment to help educate our readers, Here are the first 3 articles.
Part 1 – Interesting facts about mold & the most common types and varieties of mold
Part 2 – What you should look for when buying or renting a home 
Part 3 – What mold is and what you should do if you find it in your home

Mold In Public Buildings, Homes & Schools
The house that Colleen Weesies described as her family’s “dream” has turned into what she now calls her family’s nightmare. 
After mold was discovered inside walls on all three levels of their home, the Weesies have had to uproot their lives and move into their garage and two in their driveway.

Georgia’s peanut farmers are having problems this year with white mold. White mold disease has always been a problem for Georgia peanut farmers, according to University of Georgia plant pathologist Tim Brenneman. The disease has been even more of a nuisance due to the hot and humid weather conditions this growing season.

Pittsburgh’s UPMC Presbyterian probing itself within the deaths of two sufferers. A hospital in Pittsburgh is investigating whether or not the deaths of two sufferers are linked to infections from mould they could have contracted whereas in an intensive care unit.

A mold problem at Wilson County school had some students displaced over the summer. Wilson County Schools received its most recent mold report last week for Watertown Elementary School. Mold assessments on September 9 and 14 showed no disease-causing or toxic-producing molds were amplified in the indoor environment.

Minor mold issues at a pair of Clarksville-Montgomery County schools were addressed prior to the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, officials say. Elise Shelton, the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System director of communications, said some mold was found at Northeast High School in both a textbook storage room and in the choir and band rooms at the end of July. Additionally, Northeast Middle had a mechanical system failure the week before school started, and they have scheduled the ducts to be cleaned as a precautionary measure.

BPL assessing rare book section after mold outbreak. A significant mold outbreak has forced the Boston Public Library to close its Rare Books Department for five to 10 weeks after staff found fuzzy white spores on a medieval manuscript and other prized items in the renowned repository for ancient publications and artifacts. The library routinely battles mold, but has never faced an outbreak “to this scale,” according to Laura Irmscher, the chief of collections strategy. Mold was discovered on a reference book by a staff member Monday in the main library in Copley Square, Irmscher said.

U.S. court catching flak over moveFederal officials are planning a major renovation to stem water and mold damage at Pensacola’s federal courthouse, but a government document released Tuesday alleges court staff may have jumped the gun by vacating the building.

Health Department official talks about mold and public health. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter Bob Mayo sat down with an Allegheny County Health Department official to get the big picture on mold and public health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking of Buying A Home, Look For These Moldy Clues

Thinking of Buying A Home, Look For These Moldy Clues
The busiest time in real estate sales tends to be during the spring and summer. If you are in the market for a new home, you should be aware of mold. Since mold remediation is costly, it is much better to thoroughly investigate a home before buying and inheriting a moldy mess.
Here are three clues that you should look for when you are investigating a home purchase.
WHAT’S THAT SMELL?
A bad musty smell is not a good sign because it could indicate mold growth.
Earthy, musty, mildew and even urine like smells are often an indicator of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC). Which are gaseous by-products produced during fungal metabolism. MVOC’S are an indicator of active and past mold growth.
WHAT’S GROWING ON THE WALLS?
If you see signs of growth on the walls, ceilings, corners of the basement, then you should be concerned. A small mold growth can easily turn into a large mold growth. It is probably a good idea to find out if the home has had any past moisture issues and if, in fact, they have been fixed.
WHY AM I SNEEZING AND WHEEZING?
Our founder, James C. Watson, is particularly susceptible to mold and in some cases can even sense that there is a mold problem when he walks into a home or office building because he begins to wheeze and can also have difficulty breathing. Keep in mind Watson’s sensitivities can sometimes be caused by smoke and or chemicals, etc. The only way to verify a mold problem is through proper inspection and testing. If you know that you are susceptible to mold and have respiratory problems when you do a walk-through, then there is a good chance that there are mold issues.
These are just three clues you should look for. However, keep in mind, just because you do not find evidence of any of the above does not mean that there is not mold present.
The basic problem with mold is that it can be hidden. Home inspectors are not mold remediation specialists and do not have the expertise required to identify potential mold issues. Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues. (Buyer Beware! How Reliable is Your Home Inspection?)
Since a home purchase is such a life changing event, once you have narrowed down the potential homes you are considering, it is a wise decision to invest in a mold inspection because home inspectors lack mold expertise.
Since extensive mold in a home can make it virtually unlivable, paying for a specialized mold inspection will save you thousands of dollars and your health.
The cost of a professional mold inspection is negligible when you consider the potential price you have to pay if the mold is unabated. When you are buying a home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry with your money and your health. To learn more about our mold inspection service or if you have questions, call us toll free, 1-888-909-6653 or use the form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.