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MOLD IN THE NEWS
Living with Mold
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Even with high levels of unhealthy mold in her house,
a First Coast woman says she cannot afford to move her family out.
Mold can happen to anyone in a new or old home. Last February, First Coast
News introduced viewers to Linda Armstrong. She had just tested her home for
mold and the results confirmed the levels of toxic mold were so high that
she was told to move out of the home. One year later, she's still there. MORE
By: Carmen Coursey
News 13 On Your Side
Feb 18, 2003
I almost laughed when Bill Fisher, a mold inspector for Mobile Tech, handed
me a mask and goggles before our tour of a Panama City Beach home. But once
inside, I was glad for the protection.
"This is the bathroom door, and as you can see, it's just like the dining
area door, covered with mold," said Bill. MORE
Parents say mold making students sick
They say their children attending King Middle School have developed a variety
By LAURA GREEN
BRADENTON -- District officials who came to King Middle School on Thursday
to discuss the status of a renovation project were instead confronted by parents
complaining that mold at the school is making students and staff sick.
"We're at the point where we feel like the only way to get things done
is to storm the School Board," said parent Cathy Mackey. MORE
Alliance Opposes Texas Mold Remediation Bill
January 23, 2003
The Alliance of American Insurers announced its opposition to HB 329, a
bill introduced into the Texas House of Representatives that would create
the Mold Assessors and Remediators Act. The act would establish regulations
for mold remediation and provide educational and licensing requirements for
individuals engaged in mold remediation. MORE
Tenants fed up with mold Hayward lawsuit against landlord
Jason B. Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Every night between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., Joseph Mayer, 15, is awakened by the
tightness in his chest. Coughing and shaking, he must suck on a plastic tube
connected to a breathing device to calm his asthma attacks.
Joseph's parents believe their son's condition was caused by black mold
growing throughout their two-bedroom northeast Hayward apartment, which has
a thick musty smell. MORE
ESCAPE FROM MOLD MANOR: APTS. ON SALE
By BRADEN KEIL
January 30, 2003 -- RESIDENTS at 515 Park Ave. are fleeing - and listing
- their eight-figure luxury lairs after learning about a toxic mold spreading
throughout their high-maintenance building.
Several of the condo apartments, ranging from $7.9 million to $23 million,
are flooding the already-strained market for ultra-luxury properties. MORE
Courthouse - Mold May or May Not Be Cause of Illness
Thu, Jan 30, 2003
Officials using neutralizer spray to clean air
By Julie Allison
The Morning News/NWAonline.net
ROGERS -- Peggy Butterbaugh has had pneumonia four times in 18 months,
and she spent 10 days in the hospital last year.
Butterbaugh, who works in the Carroll County clerk's office, is one of several
employees at the Carroll County Courthouse in Berryville who have suffered
from illnesses that could not be explained. MORE
Workers sue over alleged mold exposure
By Todd Ruger
At least 11 employees of the Iowa Department of Corrections facility at 605
Main St., Davenport, are suing the building’s owner for damage to their
health, citing the building’s water leaks, air-quality problems and
high levels of mold.
Eight lawsuits filed Monday in Scott County District Court accuse Community
Resources Corp., the not-for-profit company that owns the building, of negligence
for allegedly failing to identify and repair water leaks, ignoring visible
mold and failing to prevent mold growth or repair raw sewage leaks. MORE
Mold costs still growing
By Tim Ruel
The cost of the mold infection at Hilton Hawaiian Village has reached an
estimated $55 million, because of a $15 million jump in expected spending
on system and product improvements, Hilton Hotels Corp. said today.
The Beverly Hills, Calif.-based company plans $35 million in mold-related
spending this year, which is in addition to $20 million in charges taken by
Hilton last year for investigation and remediation efforts. It's still not
clear how much of the damage will be covered by insurance, Hilton officials
told analysts today. MORE
Black mold can pose danger
By Derek Gentile
Berkshire Eagle Staff
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Black mold, also called mildew, is about as old as dust.
There is even mention of it in the Old Testament.
According to the Book of Leviticus, Chapter 14, verses 33-38, "on the
seventh day, the priest shall return to inspect the house. If the mildew has
spread on the walls, he is to order that the contaminated stones be torn out
and thrown into an unclean place outside the town."
Black mold is a member of the fungi kingdom, of which there are more than
1 million individual species, including mushrooms, molds and yeasts. MORE
You may have a problem in your home and not even know it. It can hurt your
health and cost thousands of dollars to repair.
The problem is mold, and many people like Germaine Thomas never thought
it could cause so much damage.
For many years, it was an invisible enemy in Germaine’s home. She
says it's caused health problems. MORE
Dogs sniff out termites, toxic mold in buildings
By DWIGHT DANA
FLORENCE -- Sydney's mission at Cumberland United Methodist Church was
to make sure the foundation remains firm for its members.
Restoration plans are in the wings for the historic church located along
South Coit Street. But the restoration progress is being hampered because
the foundation is under attack by ageless and undiscriminating enemies. MORE
Black Mold Displaces Businesses
By Dawn Russell
At least one suite in a shopping and business complex in Flowood has shut
its doors because of mold. Some people who still work there are worried about
If you shop at the Cavalier Shoppe, you're out of luck for now. The clothing
store, which is located in a shopping and business complex off Lakeland Drive,
has closed it's doors because of a mold problem. The owner says the mold was
caused by a leak in the roof. MORE
Western Hills High School accelerates mold cleanup
By Martha Deller
Star-Telegram Staff Writer
BENBROOK -- Cleanup will intensify this week at Western Hills High School
where hidden mold was uncovered last year after a construction-related air
conditioning outage aggravated old flooding damage in 26 basement classrooms.
American Environmental, which cleaned mold from two other schools last summer,
will complete work begun by district employees after the mold was detected
at Western Hills last fall, said Mike Lee, the district's lead environmental
Steiner School is closed for cleanup of toxic mold
By Ellen G. Lahr
Berkshire Eagle Staff
GREAT BARRINGTON -- High levels of toxic mold at the Rudolf Steiner School
have prompted school leaders to shut down the main West Plain Road campus
and to relocate the school operations for as long as six to eight weeks, until
a cleanup project is complete.
The school was closed last Friday, after school leaders reviewed initial
results of an environmental engineering report conducted in late all when
some unidentified mold was uncovered in a wall cavity. MORE
First Mysterious Rash, Now Dangerous Mold
The search for the cause of a mysterious rash that has plagued the Dongola
School since early January leads district leaders to a frightening discovery.
Tests done inside the Union County School building Friday revealed the presence
of Stachybotrys, or black mold, a potentially dangerous growth that can cause
breathing and other health problems. MORE
Local School has mold problem
Local parents say mold in their school is making their children sick. Now
the school is trying clean up the mess.
For weeks, parents of students at Washington Charter School said their children
were coming home with bloody noses and allergy symptoms. They say they didn't
know what the problem was, until they discovered mold in their classroom.
Hudson pair sues builder over mold
By ANDREW WOLFE, Telegraph Staff
NASHUA – A Hudson couple charges that a local builder skimped on construction
of their house, resulting in an outbreak of toxic mold.
Edward and Joan Marden, of 2 Nathaniel Drive, sued Sousa Realty and Development
Corp., of 46 Lowell Road in Hudson, in November in Hillsborough County Superior
Their lawsuit claims the roof and attic of the house Sousa built for them
didn’t meet town building codes. Sousa disputes the couple’s claims,
and contends state law bars any claims for faulty construction more than eight
years after a building is completed. MORE
County Schools Dealing With Mold Problem At Red Bank Middle School
posted February 3, 2003
A small section of Red Bank Middle School has been closed off after some
mold was found during repairs for a leaky steam pipe.
County School Supt. Dr. Jesse Register said, "We believe we have the
problem isolated and are dealing with it. We do not believe it will be necessary
to transfer any students away from the school." MORE
Federal agency to investigate mold complaints at school
BY MICHAEL ERB, The Island Packet
Other stories by Michael Erb
Published Tuesday, February 4th, 2003
Representatives from a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
will be at Hilton Head Elementary School this week to survey teachers and
test air quality. MORE
Managing Mold, and Lawsuits
By JAY ROMANO
ACCORDING to the Insurance Information Institute, an industry organization
based in New York, there are more than 10,000 mold-related lawsuits pending
in state courts across the country.
And while most of those suits were filed in states like Florida, California
and Texas — where weather conditions make it easier for mold to get
a foothold — some New York lawyers say that multimillion dollar jury
awards in some of those cases seem to be inspiring an increasing number of
mold-related claims here. As a result, property managers and lawyers who represent
co-ops, condominiums and owners of rental buildings are doing everything they
can to ensure that the buildings they represent will not wind up in a mold-related
Health Concerns Breed Suits Over Mold
December 31, 2002
By AARON FAUST, Courant Staff Writer
ENFIELD -- Stephen Champagne says the mold in his rented Elm Street home
has sent him to the hospital twice and is responsible for the headaches, fatigue,
memory loss and respiratory ailments he has suffered since he moved in a year
and a half ago.
His son, who lives with his mother, is no longer allowed to go inside the
house, he said, because 4-year-old Stefan's neck balloons to the size of a
football and his nose bleeds. MORE
Mold problem being addressed
Dec. 30, 2002
The Horry County Schools system is spending about $300,000 to deal with
a mold problem at Myrtle Beach Primary School. MORE
Hoosiers blaming mold for problems
December 30 -- Indiana residents and people nationwide are increasingly
blaming mold in their homes for ill health.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says over 10,000 mold-related lawsuits are
pending across the country. Indiana is among a few states which have proposed
legislation to research mold problems and consider how to regulate them. MORE
Mold issues continue to spread
BY MEGGEN LINDSAY
Times Staff Writer
Homes have been razed and schools emptied in recent years, as Indiana residents
and families nationwide increasingly attribute ill health and property damage
to the phenomenon of mold.
Although mold in itself is nothing new, its contamination has become a financial
and legal nightmare for property owners and insurance agents. MORE
Mold issue spreads concern
Growth hinders couple's ideal of a warm, fuzzy home in Cedarburg
By DAN BENSON
Dec. 28, 2002
Cedarburg - Winter is a time for woolly boots, not "extremely fuzzy"
boots, like the mold-covered pair in the basement of the remodeled home of
Cynthia Collins-Hansen and her husband, Lowell Hansen.
The boots stand as a damp testament to a Hansen family ordeal that began
three years ago and has resulted in them being forced out of their mold-infested
Cambridge Ave. home last February.
Residents Say They’ve Tested for Black Mold
(Friday, December 27, 2002
Not only is black mold present in their apartments, it’s also in their blood,
say some Granbury Housing Authority residents.
Former housing authority resident Melia Barker stated she and her children
recently tested positive for black mold antibodies in their blood. MORE
Girl's Homecoming Delayed: Her House Could Kill Her
Mold Has Taken Over Family's Corona Home
December 27, 2002
ORANGE, Calif. -- The homecoming for hospitalized leukemia patient Camarae
Casillas is being delayed because her house could kill her.
The 14-year-old didn't get her wish to go home for Christmas after treatments
at Children's Hospital of Orange County because mold has taken over the family
home in Corona. MORE
Mold makes her sick, teacher says
Los Banos district to retest portables, clean ductwork.
By Mike Conway
The Modesto Bee
(Published Tuesday, December 24, 2002, 5:54 AM)
LOS BANOS -- A second-grade teacher says her classroom is infected with mold
that makes her sick. Cathy Cox avoids using the heater because it stirs up
the spores and even tried wearing a surgical mask to see if that would help
cut down the problems in her portable classroom. MORE
NAII Says 35 States Have Adopted ISO Mold Limitations
December 24, 2002
Thirty-five states have adopted an approved Insurance Services Office (ISO)
mold limitation for homeowners coverage, which allows insurers to exclude
coverage for loss caused by mold and wet or dry rot, unless the conditions
result from a covered peril. According to the National Association of Independent
Insurers (NAII), a separate limit for mold damage resulting from a covered
peril may be added by endorsement. MORE
State Farm passes on mold
BY CARA BUCKLEY
One-fifth of Florida's condo associations faces rate hikes of 132 percent
and will no longer have mold coverage, marking the latest chapter in insurers'
efforts to head off an explosion in mold-related claims. MORE
Leaks, mold strike Doral apartments
Tenants in at least 60 percent of the 384 rental units at the 3-year-old
Jefferson at Doral luxury apartment complex in Miami-Dade County have been
asked to leave so the landlord can fix water leaks and isolated cases of mildew.
Appeals court knocks down $32 million judgement in toxic mold case
AUSTIN - In a high-profile case involving a mold-damaged home, a state appeals
court on Thursday reduced a jury verdict against Farmers Insurance Group from
$32 million to $4 million plus interest and attorneys fees. MORE
Insurer, Fla. break ground over mold
Homeowners to get 'broad-based coverage,' state says
BY DALE K. DuPONT
December 18 2002
The Florida Department of Insurance and Florida Farm Bureau Insurance Cos.
reached agreement Tuesday on mold coverage, one of the prickliest issues facing
homeowners and insurers.
While both sides stress that this is only one case involving one company,
it appears to be the first detailed guideline on this issue in Florida. MORE
Crews to check Kennedy Junior High for mold
By Kari Hartman Daily Herald Staff Writer
December 18 2002
While school officials consider how to tackle elevated levels of carbon dioxide
at Kennedy Junior High, consultants also will check the Lisle school for mold
over winter break.
The probe was sparked by complaints of headaches and sinus problems from
several teachers at Kennedy. Some wonder if their health woes can be traced
to the school's air quality. MORE
Mold closes Loudon hotel Owner, builders, designers working on problem
By REBECCA FERRAR,
December 18, 2002
One of the key issues forcing closure of the Holiday Inn Express in Loudon
County is a mysterious mold in the rooms, the construction contractor and
state health inspectors have confirmed. MORE
Battle against mold
By JENNIFER HICKS
December 17 2002
It lurks in shower stalls, basements, other damp areas, and can cause serious
health problems. It's mold, an organic fungus that's been around for billions
of years. It's also the cause of many health problems in humans, as well as
structural damage in homes and buildings.
"If you see mold, it's something that needs to be removed," said
John Bolduc, executive vice president of the Eastern Connecticut Association
of Realtors in Norwich. MORE
New Home Found For Shelter Plagued By Mold
$1.5 Million Project To Be Completed Within 20 Months
December 16, 2002
CLEVELAND -- Officials said that mold has been attacking the county's shelter
for homeless women and children, creating a dangerous environment. MORE
Mold Is Becoming A Significant Real Estate Matter
by Stuart Lieberman
Who ever heard of a home not selling because of mold? Or of a "mold
contingency?" Five years ago, no one ever heard of such a thing. But
mold is getting more attention and home inspectors need to look for mold on
a regular basis, if they are not doing so already.
Most of us laugh at the idea of mold entering into a real estate transaction.
But here is the problem: mold litigation is on the rise. More and more lawyers
are handling cases relating to mold exposure. And some judgments have been
awarded in these cases, suggesting that they may have legal punch. MORE
$557,000 home must be torn down because of mold
Published Dec. 12, 2002
WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. -- In May, Brian and Kaare Lotz bought a $557,000 home,
a perfect fit, they thought, for their growing family.
It had a small yard and needed few repairs before the family moved in.
The black slime under your sink is becoming your insurance agent's biggest
Across the country, insurance companies and health officials say they've
watched complaints about mold - a fungus that can cause health problems ranging
from stuffy noses to asthma - surge during the past year. MORE
No Sold If There's Mold
by Blanche Evans
You've heard of Radon, asbestos and lead paint. Now meet the newest official
pollutant - mold. Mold is a biological pollutant, a fungi that grows in moist
conditions. Molds are found in up to 50 percent of all structures, according
to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) And it could kill your next
real estate deal.
Milton, Ontario Realtor Chris Newell recently lost a sale because of indoor
mold. "The seller had a pre-sale inspection done, and it revealed minor
cosmetic problems," says Newell. "My buyers brought in a 'good'
inspector, and he discovered that the entire underside of the roof was covered
in black mold." MORE
Whose Mold Is It Anyway?
by Stuart Lieberman
You live in an apartment and it has a lot of mold. Good news? Bad news?
News at all? The answer is all three.
It's good news if you are a mold hobbiest. What an opportunity. And if you
can harvest the penicillin, so much the better.
It's bad news if you are one of the many people who react poorly to mold.
Some of us just sneeze. Others can become pretty ill. MORE
Is the fungus in your floorboards making you sick? With no clear answers,
panic and lawsuits abound
By ANITA HAMILTON
Sunday, Jun. 24, 2001
Sharyn Iler, 52, of the Woodlands, Texas, an upscale suburb of Houston, couldn't
figure out what was wrong. Every time she went into her bathroom to put on
makeup, her eyes started burning. She felt constantly exhausted, her vision
was blurry and she had a dry cough that just wouldn't quit. MORE
Black mold turns home into a prison
By DONNA HARRIS
BASIN -- Like a convict on death row, Frances Prescott spends her life in
a gas chamber waiting for the poison to kill her.
Red and Frances Prescott's home in the southern George County community of
Basin has been invaded by black mold that is spreading through their ceiling
and walls. Some of the airborne mold spores have started growing in Frances
Prescott's lungs, slowly suffocating her to death. MORE
Whether you rent or own, a little bit of water in your home can quickly grow
into a health problem. Mold is a toxic threat.
While experts dispute how dangerous the spores are to your health, one thing
is certain, mold clean up is a booming industry. MORE
Sexy it's Not, but Mold is Real Hot
Bob Van Voris
The National Law Journal
The next time you see Julia Roberts battling corporate evildoers in spike
heels and a push-up bra, don't be surprised if the villains are named stachybotrys,
aspergillus and penicillium.
Erin Brockovich, the real-life law-firm clerk portrayed by Roberts in last
year's hit movie, has a house with a bad mold problem. And, like many others
who claim that they have been forced from their homes and workplaces by toxic
mold, she's suing. Brockovich v. Morrison Associates, No. 051037 (Los Angeles
Co. Super. Ct.). MORE
Tests on apartment mold show wide growth, variety
State wants plan for cleanup at Elsmere complex
By EDWARD L. KENNEY
Tests on mold samples that state officials collected at an Elsmere apartment
complex indicate a variety of molds, some of which can cause allergic reactions
"The mold was not only extensive in its growth, but there was a large
variety," state toxicologist Gerald Llewellyn said, referring to the
preliminary findings released by the state's Division of Public Health. "Probably
one type of mold has grown on top of another." MORE
Search reveals no mold in Hawkins County schools
Friday, November 08, 2002
By Jeff Bobo
ROGERSVILLE - In light of the black mold crisis gripping schools in Sullivan
County, Hawkins County School Superintendent Tommy Dykes said he recently
initiated a search for mold in his schools, which revealed his district to
be "black mold free." MORE
Mold another problem at CASD school
By Bajeerah Lowe, Special to the Coatesville Ledger November 08, 2002
Reports of mold in the Coatesville Area Ninth and Tenth Grade Center have
prompted the administration to hire an engineering firm to inspect the building,
said Superintendent James T. Scarnati.
A full report of findings along with short-term and long-term solutions is
to be presented in time for the December board meeting. MORE
Kingsport City Schools closing part of Annex due to mold concerns
Saturday, November 09, 2002
By J.H. Osborne
KINGSPORT - Mold concerns have closed, at least temporarily, the part of
the Kingsport City Schools Annex that houses the system's alternative school.
It means about 30 KCS students - enrolled in the system's "New Horizons"
program - and another 20 or so participants in the school system's "GED
+2" program will not have classes Monday.
Acting Superintendent Richard Kitzmiller said air and surface testing for
mold has already begun, and some results may begin to trickle in over the
AAI Discourages Md. Mold Coverage Mandate
November 8, 2002
The Alliance of American Insurers (AAI) pressed the Maryland Insurance Administration
not to establish coverage mandate, arguing that such a mandate would destabilize
the state's homeowners insurance market.
"Any appropriate solution to the mold issue must address availability,
affordability and choice, otherwise the Maryland consumer will be the ultimate
loser," said Neil Malady, Alliance Mid-Atlantic regional manager speaking
at an informational hearing. MORE
Galt Boys and Girls Club Closed After Mold is Discovered
Children in Galt are being turned away from their after school haven after
mold was discovered in the Boys and Girls Club.
The city was first alerted to the problem about a week and a half ago. During
a routine inspection, a city employee noticed what appeared to be mold growing
in an equipment room. Tests were immediately ordered. MORE
November 6, 2002
Defamation suit filed in $32M mold case
Melinda Ballard, the victor in a high-profile $32 million mold case in the
Dripping Springs area, claims Farmers Insurance Group of Cos. and a company
spokesman falsely accused her of committing insurance fraud, according to
a lawsuit. MORE
'Black mold' closes Bristol elementary
Holston View to be closed for at least the rest of this week
by DAVID McGEE
Bristol Herald Courier
Bristol Tennessee's Holston View Elementary School will be closed for at
least the rest of this week, after "black mold" was found in parts
of the building, school officials said Monday.
Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum was found on ceiling tiles in the
school's "A-pod" and "B-pod," Director of Schools Steve
Dixon said. Officials began testing in city schools after the toxic mold was
discovered in nearby Sullivan East High School.
School officials took 13 samples from Holston View and all tested positive
for some type of mold, with two testing positive for black mold, Dixon said.
Flood-stricken residents should be wary of mold
By JAIME LUGIBIHL
November 5, 2002
HOUMA – Flooding from Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili may have
ebbed, but the accompanying health hazards have not.
While pulling out carpets and pouring bleach may seem the obvious solution
to cleaning a building after flooding, some experts warn that without proper
care, toxic molds can grow during the weeks following water damage.
More than 1,000 molds are found inside homes throughout the United States,
where they spread and reproduce by making spores. MORE
Nov 4, 2002
Holston View Elementary Closed Due To Black Mold
by Meredyth Fox
Bristol, Tennessee City Schools Director Steve Dixon announced Monday that
Holston View Elementary will be closed for the remainder of the week due to
the discovery of black mold in the building.
The announcement comes after school officials learned that a test on ceiling
tiles, which were being routinely replaced, tested positive for the mold.
School officials have been randomly selecting suspicious ceiling tiles from
buildings where individuals had expressed concern. Dixon said the school system
is still in the process of testing additional buildings. The results from
those tests are not yet available. MORE
Mold discovery shuts down library
Vesic Library to reopen after specialists clean affected books
by Andrew Card
November 05, 2002
An unlikely foe has recently barred students and faculty members from entering
sections of the Vesic Library for Engineering, Mathematics and Physics--mold.
Mold discovered on an unspecified number of books in early October caused
University officials to seal-off the library's first and third floors, which
contain about 100,000 volumes of material in the physical sciences and mathematics.
Mold forces two schools to move class
By CAMERON COLLINS
Mold in Montgomery Central High School and Northeast Middle School has forced
officials to move classes and clean heating and air conditioning systems this
At MCHS, the air conditioner will have to be replaced.
But the mold situation is not as bad as it was recently in East Tennessee,
where three local schools were closed because of toxic conditions. MORE
Holston View Elementary begins black mold eradication process
Thursday, November 07, 2002
By Matthew Lane
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Efforts to eradicate black mold from Holston View Elementary
School were delayed on Tuesday but will be continuing through the rest of
the week, school officials announced Wednesday.
Bristol Superintendent of Schools Steve Dixon announced Monday afternoon that
the school would remain closed the remainder of the week after he found out
earlier in the day that two drop-ceiling tiles from the school tested positive
for black mold. MORE
CALN -- Reports of mold in the Coatesville Area Ninth and 10th Grade Center
have prompted the administration to hire an engineering firm to inspect the
building, said Superintendent James T. Scarnati.
A full report of findings along with short-term and long-term solutions is
to be presented in time for the December board meeting.
In the meantime, said Scarnati, extra cleaning of the school, including
the air ducts and ventilation system, has been ordered and alternative education
opportunities have been offered to the handful of students complaining of
severe allergies. MORE
Mold report expected next week
Cost to test school rises to $48,000
BY MICHAEL ERB, The Island Packet
Published Tuesday, November 5th, 2002
Parents and school officials hope to finally learn if mold problems exist
in Hilton Head Elementary School when findings from a nearly two-week air
quality study are presented next week. MORE
Another Black Mold Case
Date 5 November 2002
Another school in our area is closing because of black mold.
Holston View Elementary in Bristol, Tennessee will be closed the rest of this
The mold was found on two ceiling tiles during routine testing.
Parents, faculty and students were told about the results Monday.
More air tests will be conducted this week. MORE
October 31, 2002
Mold Rush Days
By CARL H. TEPPER
A home is a man's castle, and every castle needs a moat to dissuade attackers.
In this day and age, instead of a moat the homeowner needs knowledge of current
events, a good insurance company, and common sense to fend off the hoards
of lawyers and unscrupulous contractors who have encircled American communities.
For years, lawyers and contractors have been utilizing scare tactics to swindle
millions of dollars from homeowners and insurance companies.
The use of junk science to cheat homeowners and insurance companies started
with the asbestos scare of the 1960's. Even today American cities are filled
with needlessly abandoned buildings because of lawyers, unscrupulous contractors,
and knee-jerk government reaction causing the evacuation of formerly valuable
assets. When the lawyers, contractors and politicians milked the asbestos
issue for all it was worth, they turned to the myth of radon gas, then radon
gas turned into toxic poisoning, then electromagnetic waves (they're coming
back again), and now mold. MORE
REGION It's the same mold story health officials are hearing
If you spot mold, just get rid of it and the moisture causing it, health
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
Valley residents have steadily become more aware of mold problems in homes,
apartments, schools and office buildings.
Even the Trumbull County Health Department isn't immune. The basement of
its offices in Warren has been sealed off from the rest of the building because
of mold. MOLD
AIG Unit Offers Mold Protection Program to Eastern Schools
October 30, 2002
The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, a unit of American
International Group, announced it would offer a mold protection program to
help clients prevent and manage risks temming from mold growth.
The new program will first focus on schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
"Mold can cause health concerns and major property damage that strains
local budgets and disrupts learning," said Richard Williams, Ph.D, vice
president for new product development with Hartford Steam Boiler. "But
mold can be managed. Our program includes inspections, specific loss control
steps, ongoing technical support and insurance protection to help manage,
and more importantly, help prevent mold risks. We are working with schools
to help avoid lossesdue to mold, rather than just pay a claim." MOLD
Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Scientific evidence still lacking about effects of mold on health
By JEFF MONTGOMERY
Gannett News Service
Since the late 1990s, concern over toxic mold has mushroomed into congressional
hearings, dramatic increases in claims and lawsuits, demands for reform by
the insurance and real estate industries, and growing business for those involved
in testing for and cleaning up all things dark and slimy. MOLD
Parents await mold test results for two schools
HILTON HEAD ISLAND: Public also will learn recommendations to improve conditions
at Nov. 11 forum.
By Jennifer Moore
Carolina Morning News
Beryl Title has "serious concerns" about sending her daughter
to Hilton Head Elementary School.
The chronic headaches and impaired vision her daughter suffers from are
a result of mold in the school, she said, and she doesn't want to continue
to expose her to that environment.
"I don't want to compromise my child's health," she said. MORE
Mold liability worries insurers
Large settlements could prompt exodus; Md. ruling sought on exclusions; Cost
of repairing home might exceed its value
By Anne Lauren Henslee
Special To The Sun
Originally published November 3, 2002
Maryland homeowners insurance could be reaching a critical juncture on an
unlikely issue that might prove the final straw for insurance companies teetering
from market woes and the impact of recent legislation.
Added to the familiar house assailants -- asbestos, lead paint and radon
-- mold is deemed a new threat, one that thus far has had little consequence
for the state's homeowners, but has become a potential catalyst for the entire
Sullivan East mold woes not just an isolated experience
By Sam Watson
Press Education Writer
Sullivan East High School’s mold-inspired stay at Bristol Motor Speedway
has increased awareness about the need for mold testing and moisture control
in other area school districts.
“I’m getting more educated on this, just like everybody else,” Kevin Ward,
middle school supervisor for the Carter County School System, said Friday.
Mold closes Duke library temporarily
DURHAM, N.C. - Mold found on books has prompted Duke University officials
to close the first and third floors of a library temporarily.
Wayne Thomann, director of occupational and environmental safety at Duke,
said Friday that officials closed the Vestic Library for Engineering, Mathematics
and Physics until the books are cleaned and the cause of the mold identified.
Mold Takes Over Local Woman's Apartment
Carpets, Walls Covered With Mold
CINCINNATI -- Mold has taken over a local woman's apartment, but she's
not sure if she can get out of the building.
Mold Takes Over
The mold is covering the walls, floors, doors, and carpet of Pamela Crooms'
apartment in Kennedy Heights, WLWT Eyewitness News 5's Tony Gnau reported.
"It's past gross," Crooms said. "It's disgusting."
Crooms' best guess is that a leaky faucet caused the mold to form. Her landlord
fixed the faucet, but the mold moved in a few weeks later. MORE
Air-quality, mold stamped OK after latest study
By Criselda Valdez
The Brownsville Herald
Environmental consultants on Tuesday reported indoor air quality and mold
investigations at Hanna High School and the Oliveira Middle School campus
show no cause for alarm. MORE
More steps taken to stop mold
October 29, 2002
With the results of mold testing at Lincoln County High School still not
in, officials have already taken additional steps to stop the infestation.
A mechanical engineer has inspected the site and recommended that germicidal
lights - ultra violet air purification devices - be installed in the school's
heating and air conditioning ductwork. The lights would kill the mold as well
as bacteria, germs, fungus and the like. MOLD
Inspectors continue work on mold problem at THS
Students and teachers have complained about mold problems at Topsail High
One of the walls replaced at Topsail High School after traces of mold were
Mold experts are scheduled to finish their work at Topsail High School
today. Inspectors will be back Monday night to continue work that began last
Lincoln County, TN
Mold Found At Valley School
Christie del Amo Reports, 10/25/02
It's Brian Long's last year at Lincoln County High School, so he wants to
make every day count. "It is fun. I've never enjoyed class quite as much
as this one," Long says.
However, an unseen problem could have kept Brian and other students of
class and sick in bed. "A few days ago, we discovered some mold in the
school," says Bob Alden, maintenance supervisor for Lincoln County Schools.
"Mainly, [the problem is] in the northern portion of the high school,"
Alden explains. MORE
Mold Forces Woman Out Of Her Apartment
Reported by: Shannon Kettler
The mold inside Pamela Crooms' Kennedy Heights apartment is overwhelming
-- it covers the walls from floor to ceiling in just about every room.
The health department said the mold is so bad that they are recommending
that Crooms find a new place to stay immediately.
The problem began when the kitchen sink started to leak, Crooms said. "After
that, I started to see all the mold coming out." MORE
School Contaminated With Dangerous Black Mold
Rare Mold Can Cause Breathing Problems, Bleeding Lungs
POSTED: 3:45 p.m. CST October 30, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Constant moisture and humidity may be feeding a dangerous
black mold in one Birmingham-area high school.
A laboratory in Florida issued a recent report identifying the mold as Stachybotrys.
The fungus was found in a hallway at Mortimer Jordan High School. MORE
State official commends East's mold-fighting efforts
Saturday, November 02, 2002
By J.H. Osborne
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Tennessee's top education official said Friday she hopes
school systems across the state take notice of Sullivan County.
"This is a prime example of a community that cares about education,''
Education Commissioner Faye Taylor said while visiting Sullivan East High
School - which these days is at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Taylor said she was "delighted" by her visit to East at BMS.
From what she saw, she said, the education of East's 1,000-plus students has
been "enhanced,'' "not impeded" by their temporary relocation
to the speedway. MORE
The Knox County school system is taking action to protect an elementary
school from mold.
A contractor finished building the Dogwood Elementary School in 1994. School
leaders told WVLT VOLUNTEER TV News there is a moisture problem in the school.
They said the seals on walls have cracks, and that's what's causing the problem.
On Your Side Watchdog Report
Oct 30, 2002
Ainslie Vice and her husband broke ground in the spring of 96. Six years later
they haven't spent one night in the house. From top to bottom Vice says the
house has a laundry list of problems. The biggest problem is mold. MORE
Mold seminar held on island
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Published Monday, October 28th, 2002
The best mold killer is clean dry air.
That was the message delivered by guest speaker George Graham at a seminar
held at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis on Thursday evening.
The seminar -- attended by Hilton Head Elementary School Executive Principal
Mary Briggs and district maintenance director Paul Carstens -- was presented
as a public service by the Coalition for Safe Schools in response to recent
questions about air quality at the elementary school. MOLD
THE BLACK MOLD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM SULLIVAN EAST HIGH SCHOOL, BUT ITS
STILL NOT READY FOR STUDENTS TO RETURN.
EAST STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ATTENDING CLASSES AT THE BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR
ALMOST A MONTH...
THEY WERE EXPECTED TO BE BACK IN THIER SCHOOL BUILDING TOMORROW, BUT DIRECTOR
OF SCHOOLS DOCTOR JOHN O`DELL SAYS AN EXTRA WEEK IS NEEDED TO MOVE MATERIALS
AND FURNITURE BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS.
IT HAS TAKEN CLOSE TO TWO MONTHS TO CLEAN-UP THE BLACK MOLD THAT WAS FOUND
THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.
Relative calm settles over Lincoln
BY DIANE KRIEGER SPIVAK
ROSELAWN -- The drinking water contamination that left this rural Indiana
town reeling last spring has quieted since, but some parents still are seething
over what they believe could be a lifelong threat to their children's health.
High levels of the gasoline constituent and suspected carcinogen methyl tertiary
butyl ether, or MTBE, were found in Lincoln Elementary School's drinking water.
The contamination was made public in April, but lab results showed that students
were exposed to it for at least two years. In addition, air-quality tests
revealed mold contamination in the school. MORE
Olympia holds off on mold standard
DEANA POOLE THE OLYMPIAN
OLYMPIA -- Olympia City Council won't take immediate action to adopt mold
standards or a tenant relocation assistance ordinance, but the issues aren't
off the table indefinitely.
Council members decided late Tuesday night to talk with county officials
about a tenant relocation program, which would provide financial assistance
to tenants who are forced out of apartments deemed substandard. MORE
Toxic mold breeds lawsuits
Area homeowners take insurance companies to court over problems
By Cheryl Powell
Beacon Journal medical writer
Lawsuits over toxic mold have been flooding courtrooms in some parts of
the country. Now these complaints are starting to seep into Akron-area courts
In two suits recently filed in Summit and Stark counties, homeowners are
accusing their insurance companies of not paying to correct water damage that
led to mold problems. MORE
Developer faces mold suit
BY DOUGLAS HANKS III
The developer of Miami's mammoth Four Seasons tower is facing millions of
dollars in lawsuits over a mold outbreak at a similar high-end condominium
complex in Washington, D.C.
Millennium Partners is wrapping up an extensive clean-up and relocation
effort at its new Ritz-Carlton project in Washington, where it says faulty
plumbing spawned an outbreak of mold. Residents sued the New York-based developer,
saying the black, inky fungus caused health problems and forced them to abandon
their luxury units. MORE
Los Fresnos schools address mold problems
By KEVIN GARCIA
LOS FRESNOS — Aspergillus, cladosporium, stachybotrys and chaetomium
— scary words for parents who fear mold could endanger their children’s
These mold varieties have been identified in Los Fresnos schools, but experts
said the mold problems might not be as dire as they seem. MORE
McMahon Gets $7 Mln in Toxic Mold Lawsuit - Report
Wed May 7, 2003 08:54 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Entertainer Ed McMahon reaped a $7 million settlement
from several companies he sued for allowing toxic mold to overrun his Los
Angeles home and kill his beloved dog, a national mold litigation magazine
reported on Wednesday. MORE
AAIS To Host Web Seminar on Personal Lines Mold Filings
May 8, 2003
The American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) will hold a Web-based
seminar Wednesday, May 28, concerning new endorsements to allow insurers to
limit or exclude personal lines coverage for losses arising from mold and
related causes. MORE
Dog Sniffs Out Mold
LAST UPDATE: 5/7/2003 11:43:32 PM
Posted By: Jim Forsyth
Dogs have been trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and weapons, and
now animal technology has gone one step further.
Max, a one year old border collie, is believed to be the first dog in the
state trained to sniff out mold. Max will be demonstrated at the Texas A&M
College of Veterinary Medicine Thursday. MORE
Mold found in Chenequa Village Hall
Kelly Smith, staff writer April 30, 2003
Village of Chenequa - Air purification equipment has been temporarily
installed as contractors try to remove mold spores from three rooms in the
Village Administrator Robert Douglas said contractors found mold levels
unacceptably high in the foyer entrance to the building, the boardroom, and
the police and fire training room. MORE
Control household mold problems before they control you
A hot topic in housing today is mold. Molds long have been recognized as
allergens, but media attention to some extensive mold problems has increased
awareness and questions.
There are mold spores everywhere. They come into houses in many ways including
on clothing and with air movement. There usually is food and adequate temperatures
for them to grow in many parts of the home. Mold spores settle and grow in
the presence of moisture. MORE
2 On Your Side: The Fungus Among Us
May 6, 2003
VANCOUVER - One of the wettest April's the Northwest has ever seen has
created a major problem for many people.
The problem with mold, it hides in your walls where you can't see it.
But it can be so bad it makes your family sick. MORE
Scientists Crack Genetic Code for Mold
PORTLAND, Ore. - Six Oregon scientists were part of the international effort
to crack the genetic code of a common mold that has served as a laboratory
workhorse for more than half a century.
The complete genetic blueprint of Neurospora crassa, a harmless pinkish-orange
fungus that typically sprouts on bread or bark, will help researchers track
down the cause of fungal and congenital diseases in plants and animals. MORE
Mold woes grow in Akron
City orders apartment at Waterford condemned
By Bob Downing and Karalee Miller
The Akron Health Department on Wednesday condemned an apartment off Portage
Trail Extension because of severe mold problems.
The mold concentration was so heavy that city inspector John Goold became
physically ill while in the unit at Waterford at Portage Trail Apartments,
a department spokesman said. MORE
House mold causes problems
Reporter: Chris Williams
Claremont, IL May 3 -- Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary from the
But one Tri-State family is fighting a losing battle against mold inside
"For health reasons is the big thing why we're out," Pat Harmon
said, and the fact the floors are falling down. We can't do it. We can't live
here for safety reasons and health reasons. MORE
Health Officials Investigate Mold Problem In Apartment
Apartment Managers Refuse To Speak With NewsChannel5
POSTED: 5:22 p.m. EDT May 1, 2003
AKRON, Ohio -- Health officials spent part of Thursday investigating whether
a severe mold problem at an Akron apartment complex was being taken care of.
NewsChannel5's Tracy Carloss reported that officials have been flooded with
phone calls after Live On Five Investigator Jodi Brooks' report on Wednesday.
Smelly, wet carpet was tossed in a trash bin after the appalling conditions
were exposed. After revealing on Wednesday black mold all over the walls of
an empty apartment, NewsChannel5's cameras captured on Tuesday soaking wet
floors, mold on the windows and a moldy utility closet. MORE
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungi. There are more than 100,000 known species of mold. Mold
can survive the cold of space and high temperatures. High spore levels in
the air can have health effects on people. Overexposure can cause breathing
problems, congestion, hay fever, and allergies just to name a few. Water damaged
building materials is a good food source to promote mold growth in the home
What is Toxic Mold?
Toxic mold can be of any species. Mold becomes toxic, when one is over exposed
to high levels and the human body has a reaction to overexposure to these
toxins in the environment.
What is Black Mold?
Mold can come in many colors. Just because mold is black does not mean that
is Stachybotrys atra. Mold can grow on many types of materials and this in
turn can affect it color.
What is a Sick House?
A home that is no longer environmentally safe for people to live in. Mold
in the home can cause people to have allergies and other symptoms that could
have an impact on their health. Sick House or (Home) in some cases can be
treated to remove the contamination to safe levels. In an extreme case of
contamination the home my have to be demolished.
What is Mold Allergy?
These are the symptoms that can cause people to have a reaction to high
concentrations of mold spores in the home or work environment. Over a period
of time the body’s immune system will break down and the subject will
experience flu like symptoms. Examples: nasal congestion, inflammation of
the sinuses, headaches, and cough just to name a few.
What is Mold Removal?
The elimination of contaminated material in a home or business that has
been tested and found to be a danger to public health. A trained professional
should do work of this nature.
What is Mold Remediation?
The safe and professional removal of mold contaminated material from a structure,
and the use of safe guards to protect the uncontaminated areas of the structure
to insure public safety.
What is Mold Mildew?
When people see mildew growth on the north side of their home or in a shaded
area most people refer to it as mildew, this is a fungi that likes a dark
damp area. This type of mold should be washed from homes and buildings to
help cut down on the likely hood of this contaminate from infecting your home
What is House Mold?
This mold is like any mold found in our every day environment. These molds
sometimes find their way into our homes and do multiply; in most cases, because
of high humidity or from water leaks that can sometimes go undetected giving
the mold spores the right condition for growth in walls, floors, and ceiling
What is a Mold Spore?
These spores are microscopic in size it has been said that 250 thousand
can fit on the head of a pin, and over 300 million spores can cover one square
foot. Mold spores can infect a large area and cannot be seen with the human
eye. They are present everywhere indoors and outdoors.
What is Mold Inspection?
A certified mold inspector should perform inspections for mold and other
toxic contamination. Using the right equipment to test indoor air quality
and visual inspection to locate the source of the infestation and providing
a treatment plan to clear the home or business of mold.
What is a Mold Inspector?
This is a person that has been trained in the art of testing air and direct
samples for mold spores and other contaminates in the environment.
What is Black Mold Symptoms?
Black mold symptoms can very from person to person. High mold spore counts
in the home environment can cause some to have an allergic reaction and they
have been known to kill infants that were continually exposed over a long
period of time.
What are Toxic Mold Symptoms?
When people are consistently exposed to high mold spore levels a host of
symptoms can develop, here a few to look for nasal congestion, irritation
of the eyes, inflammation of the sinuses, irritation of the skin, breathlessness,
headaches, runny nose, sore throat, hoarseness, fatigue, and memory loss.
What are Toxic Mold Attorneys?
These types of attorneys in most cases are personal injury attorneys or
toxic tort attorneys. Ask about their qualifications and experience in this
What is Mold Growth?
This is the process by which mold grows and multiplies. When this goes unchecked
in the home environment and the levels of mold spores become to high, over
exposure to mold can cause health problems.
What is Basement Mold?
This mold can be any number of molds in the fungi family. Basements are
cool and damp areas that can grow mold on the walls, under carpet, and carpet
padding. Mold growth in the basement can have an effect on the health of everyone
living in the home from high mold exposure.
What is Mold Insurance?
Mold insurance is a policy written to help homeowners to recover loses from
toxic mold contamination. Some insurance companies are trying to rewrite their
policies to exclude mold claims.
Are there different Types of Mold?
There are many types of mold, and in cases of high mold exposure people
can have health problems and a variety of symptoms such as asthma, nosebleed,
memory loss, fatigue, and hay fever.
What is Mold Exposure?
Being exposed to a high concentration of contamination in a home or work
environment that can pose a health risk and cause allergies and other symptoms.
What is a Mold Law Suite?
This is when a person files a suite in a court of law to receive compensation
for loss of health and property. In most cases these types of attorneys are
personal injury trial lawyers.
What is a Mold Treatment?
Can be a chemical treatment of an area and the removal of contaminated or
water damaged material to reduce the spread of mold spores in the home environment.
The use of a chemical that can kill mold on contact is preferable.
What are molds?
Molds are microscopic fungi that live on plant or animal matter. No one knows
how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands
to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Most are filamentous organisms
and the production of spores is characteristic of fungi in general. These
spores can be air-, water-, or insect-borne.
What are some of the common indoor molds?
How do molds affect people?
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can
cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, or wheezing. Some
people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe
reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts
of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay.
Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. People with chronic
illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in
Where are molds found?
Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors
and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions.
Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or
other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity
levels are high, such as basements or showers.
How can people decrease mold exposure?
Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such
as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can
be slowed by keeping humidity levels below 50% and ventilating showers and
cooking areas. Mold growth can be removed with commercial products or a weak
bleach solution (1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water). In situations where
mold exposure is unavoidable, sensitive people should wear a tight-fitting
Keep the humidity level in the house below 50%.
Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans in kitchen
Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.
What areas have high mold exposures?
I found mold growing in my home, how do I test the mold?
Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in
a residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current
evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated
with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals can vary greatly either
because of the amount or type of mold, sampling and culturing are not reliable
in determining your health risk. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is
seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what
type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore,
reliable sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what
is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been
A qualified environmental lab took samples of the mold in my home and gave
me the results. Can CDC interpret these results?
Standards for judging what is an acceptable, tolerable, or normal quantity
of mold have not been established. If you do decide to pay for environmental
sampling for molds, before the work starts, you should ask the consultants
who will do the work to establish criteria for interpreting the test results.
They should tell you in advance what they will do or what recommendations
they will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken
in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection
of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics
and the factors that led to the present condition.
WHAT IS SICK HOUSE SYNDROME?
Occupants become sick or may become sick in the future from exposure to airborne
contaminants in the house. These contaminants can be chemical or biological.
CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS?
Indoor air with high concentrations of chemical and/or biological contaminants
may cause symptoms in people. Some symptoms may include headaches, nausea,
sinus problems, unexplained fatigue, and even cancer.
Chemical contaminants are many and various. Here is a short list.
Dry cleaned clothes
Before the energy crisis of the 70s, the standard US home was not typically
"tight" construction. Houses had built in infiltration and exfiltration
paths. This was good for the IAQ, because outside and inside air were accidentally
exchanged. However, the cost of heating and cooling was exorbitant due to
these leaky houses. The energy crisis forced builders to build tighter houses
with little or no paths for outside air exchange. As a result, indoor contaminants
accumulated and thus began the sick house syndrome.
Until recently, the typical Japanese house was purposely built with mechanisms
for infiltration and exfiltration. This was done to prevent the buildup of
humidity and heat from the hot and humid summer season. Floors under tatami
mats were made of planks that allowed infiltration/exfiltration to dry out
the mats. Roofing planks were used as the base for typical roofing tiles.
Sliding doors are a great way to turn an indoor room into a semi-outdoor room.
With this planned natural ventilation, the house would not be quite as hot
in the summer as it would without ventilation. However, recently, the modern
Japanese wants more thermal comfort in the home during winter and summer.
Since this cannot be done efficiently with natural ventilation in most of
Japan, they are resorting to mechanical means for thermal comfort. Doing this
and saving energy at the same time requires tight construction. Thus, sick
house syndrome has become a problem in Japan also.
WHAT MEASURES SHOULD YOU TAKE TO COUNTER SICK HOUSE SYNDROME?
Hardwood floors instead of composite materials.
Central air conditioning for the entire house.
Hardwood stairs instead of composite materials.
Exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms, and toilet rooms that exhaust to the
WHAT ADDITIONAL MEASURES CAN YOU TAKE?
Reduce accidental infiltration/exfiltration in combination with controlled
and filtered ventilation.
Use insulation without formaldehyde binders.
Use particle board without formaldehyde binders.
Provide controlled ventilation to satisfy ASHRAE requirements.
Size HP systems to precise requirements to reduce humidity levels.
Use paints and sealers that will not contribute to poor IAQ.
Provide QUIET timer switches for spot ventilation and educate the customer
on their usage.
Provide a means for cleaning and maintaining indoor coils on the heat pump
system. Provide a humidistat in addition to the standard thermostat for the
heat pump system.
Are you looking for training to be a Certified Mold Inspector or Certified
It is the goal of S.E.M.I. to offer individuals lecture classes and hands-on
training in the business of mold inspection and mold remediation so they are
prepared to establish their own mold inspection and mold remediation business
or to find employment with established mold inspection companies.
Mold Inspection & Mold Remediation
The Mold Inspection & Mold Remediation curriculum consists of the following
required classes and hours:
A Brief History of Mold in Our Environment
(This module gives an explanation of what and why mold is in our environment.)
How Does Mold Contamination Affect Our Health
(This module gives an explanation of how mold in our environment can affect
our health. How and why high levels of mold spores affect our air quality.)
Equipment Used in Mold Inspection & Remediation
(This module gives an understanding of what equipment is required and preferred
in the mold inspection and remediation profession.)
Mold Inspection Technique and Protocols, Looking For Mold
in Any Structure
(This module gives an in depth study on how to find mold in structures,
where to look and what to expect.)
Collection of Mold Samples Procedures and Protocols
(This module will explain the proper procedures on how and where to collect
your samples of mold in a home or business environment.)
Lab Reports, Documents, Chain of Evidence
(This module will explain how to read lab reports, documents used in the
industry, and how to report on the evidence you found in the structure.)
Case Studies of Mold Contamination in Structures Q&A
(This module will cover cases of mold contamination from start to finish.
How, Why, What If ect…)
Mold Remediation Protocols
(This module will explain the proper protocols that you need to follow to
safely remediate a structure.)
Mold Remediation Using Chemical Solutions
(This module will explain the different types of solutions used in the industry
and the effects it may have on your health)
Furniture, Carpet and Clothing
(This module will cover how to test these materials useing EPA guidelines.)
(This module will cover how to communicate with your client’s questions
and fears of their home or business being contaminated by mold.)
Dealing with Attorneys on Mold Cases
(This module will cover some of the requirements attorneys will look for
such as evidence, reports, and being an expert witness or consultant.)
Fees, Paper work, and Your Clients Q&A
(This Module will cover the fees you should charge and what factors to take
into consideration when setting your fees. We will also cover the paperwork
needed to be completed at the end of each inspection or remediation.) 1hr
Ten Things You Should Know About Mold
Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include
allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor
environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold
and eliminate sources of moisture.
Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60% ) to decrease mold growth by: venting
bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using
air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust
fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within
24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.
Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be
Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces
(i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting
(i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with
leaks or frequent condensation).
Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance,
providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper,
carpet, and foods.
Asthma and Mold
Molds can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma. People
with asthma should avoid contact with or exposure to molds.
During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may
appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated
materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term
health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms,
such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic
reactions, and continue to damage materials long after the flood.
This fact sheet discusses problems caused by microbial growth, as well as
other potential effects of flooding, on long-term indoor air quality and the
steps you can take to lessen these effects. Although the information contained
here emphasizes residential flood cleanup, it is also applicable to other
types of buildings.
Remove Standing Water
Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms, which can become
airborne and be inhaled. Where floodwater contains sewage or decaying animal
carcasses, infectious disease is of concern. Even when flooding is due to
rain water, the growth of microorganisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive
individuals. For these health reasons, and to lessen structural damage, all
standing water should be removed as quickly as possible.
Dry Out Your Home
Excess moisture in the home is an indoor air quality concern for three reasons:
Microorganisms brought into the home during flooding may present a health
hazard. These organisms can penetrate deep into soaked, porous materials and
later be released into air or water. Coming in contact with air or water that
contains these organisms can make you sick.
High humidity and moist materials provide ideal environments for the excessive
growth of microorganisms that are always present in the home. This may result
in additional health concerns such as allergic reactions.
Long term increases in humidity in the home can also foster the growth of
dust mites. Dust mites are a major cause of allergic reactions and asthma.
Remove Wet Materials
It can be difficult to throw away items in a home, particularly those with
sentimental value. However, keeping certain items that were soaked by water
may be unhealthy. Some materials tend to absorb and keep water more than others.
As a general rule: Materials that are wet and cannot be thoroughly cleaned
and dried should be discarded, as they can remain a source of microbial growth.
How to Identify the Cause of a Mold and Mildew Problem.
Mold and mildew are commonly found on the exterior wall surfaces of corner
rooms in heating climate locations. An exposed corner room is likely to be
significantly colder than adjoining rooms, so that it has a higher relative
humidity (RH) than other rooms at the same water vapor pressure. If mold and
mildew growth are found in a corner room, then relative humidity next to the
room surfaces is above 70%. However, is the RH above 70% at the surfaces because
the room is too cold or because there is too much moisture present (high water
The amount of moisture in the room can be estimated by measuring both temperature
and RH at the same location and at the same time. Suppose there are two cases.
In the first case, assume that the RH is 30% and the temperature is 70oF in
the middle of the room. The low RH at that temperature indicates that the
water vapor pressure (or absolute humidity) is low. The high surface RH is
probably due to room surfaces that are "too cold." Temperature is
the dominating factor, and control strategies should involve increasing the
temperature at cold room surfaces.
In the second case, assume that the RH is 50% and the temperature is 70oF
in the middle of the room. The higher RH at that temperature indicates that
the water vapor pressure is high and there is a relatively large amount of
moisture in the air. The high surface RH is probably due to air that is "too
moist." Humidity is the dominating factor, and control strategies should
involve decreasing the moisture content of the indoor air.
Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance
when moisture is present. Outdoors, many molds live in the soil and play a
key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. Without
molds we would all be struggling with large amounts of dead plant matter.
Molds break down plant materials by digesting them, using the plant material
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce, just as plants produce seeds. Mold
spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores
land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever
they are growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on
wood, paper, carpet, foods, even dynamite. When excessive moisture or water
accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture
problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical way to
eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control
indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
Molds can trigger asthma episodes in individuals with an allergic reaction
Can mold cause health problems?
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet
or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems.
Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants,
and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or
touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny
nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are
common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks
in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure
can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic
and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types
are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and
health effects is ongoing. This brochure provides a brief overview; it does
not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more
detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult
your state or local health department.
Suspicion of hidden mold
You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see
the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting
health problems. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry
wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, the underside
of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include
areas inside walls around pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface
of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and
in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Investigating hidden mold problems
Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution
when the investigation involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth.
For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores
if there is mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you believe that
you may have a hidden mold problem, consider hiring an experienced professional.
Cleanup and Biocides
Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical
or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example)
is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. There may be
instances, however, when professional judgment may indicate its use (for example,
when immune-compromised individuals are present). In most cases, it is not
possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores
will remain - these spores will not grow if the moisture problem has been
resolved. If you choose to use disinfectants or biocides, always ventilate
the area and exhaust the air to the outdoors. Never mix chlorine bleach solution
with other cleaning solutions or detergents that contain ammonia because toxic
fumes could be produced.
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Toxic black mold problem can cause severe health problems & mold illness
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skin sores, skin rashes & skin lacerations, fungal infections, chronic
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and other respiratory illnesses, mold induced infections, and even death.
Mold grows well in homes, condominiums, apartments, offices, & other
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and air conditioning [hvac] equipment & ducts; & plumbing fixtures,
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