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Mayor of Niles, OH Hospitalized due to Mold-Related Illness

The mayor of Niles, Ohio, was hospitalized on August 18th due to a mold-related illness. Mayor Tom Scarnecchia was taken to hospital after toxic mold spores were found in the area above his desk in the City Hall. Authorities said the recent heavy rains had caused the city hall’s roof to leak, thus facilitating mold

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World Health Organization Report on Mold

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The World Health Organization composed a publication revealing scientific evidence on health problems associated with building moisture and biological agents. The attached Scientific review concludes that the most important effects are increased prevalences of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma as well as perturbation of the immunological system. The publication is available for download

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Lawyer Alleges Mold at Pittsburgh Hospital Led to Patient’s Death

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The family of a kidney transplant patient who died last week is planning to file a lawsuit against University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Daniel Krieg, 56, of St. Marys, underwent a kidney transplant last year at UPMC. In March this year, he suffered from pneumonia and had to go back to the hospital where

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Baby Company Recalls Sippy Cups after Reports of Mold Development

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Mayborn USA is recalling over 3 million spill-proof sippy cups due to reports of mold developing in removable valves. The company is recalling their “Tommee Tippee Sippee” cups due to risk of mold development in white, removable valve that remains moist. The decision was taken after the company received 3,066 complaints of mold in similar

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$135 Million in Settlement to Family of Hospital’s Deceased Mold Victim

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Tracy Fischer died in October 2014 after contracting a fungal infection at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh. After staying in the same room in the hospital’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit as two other patients who later died with fungal infections, Tracy Fischer also died. The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said a

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High Volume of Outdoor Mold Spores and Pollen Recorded in Philadelphia

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On May 25th, outdoor mold spores in Philadelphia were recorded at over 7000 spores per cubic meter. The overall tree pollen volume also increased to 700 pollen grains per cubic meter of air, which is more than double of the volume recorded on Tuesday. Authorities have warned that this increase in mold spores and pollen

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Moldy Apartment Makes Pocatello Man Sick

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An Idaho State University student has been sick for about four years because of mold in his apartment. Matthew Shugert said he did not know until January of this year that the cause of his sickness was mold infestation in his apartment at Ridge Crest Housing, Pocatello, Idaho. Explaining his illness, he said, “Over the

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NASA’s Cargo Run to International Space Station Delayed Due to Mold on Packing Bags

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NASA has delayed the next cargo run to the International Space Station after black mold was found in two packing bags. According to NASA spokesman Daniel Huot, the unmanned Orbital ATK Cygnus craft was scheduled for March 10 and was more than halfway packed when the black mold was discovered in two fabric bags used

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Klamath-Trinity School District Closes Schools Due to Mold Issues

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The schools in Eastern Humboldt County’s Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District have been closed due to mold issues. The Superintendent of Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District Jon Ray said in a statement, “Effective today, we are required to take immediate health and safety measures involving remediation due to mold. These health and safety measures also

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Venice Public Library to Shut Down Due of Mold Infestation

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Sarasota County Commission has decided to shut down the Venice Public Library, Florida, due to mold problem. Authorities said the decision for shutting it down was taken because the building is 50-year-old and it would be very expensive to renovate and repair it. Sarabeth Kalajian with Sarasota County Libraries said, “It’s really with an abundance

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Florida State University Students Find Mold in Dorm Rooms

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Students at Florida State University, who returned to their dorms this week, have reported mold in the rooms. According to FSU freshman Stefanie Prieto, “I came back on Sunday night, and the moment I walked in it just smelled disgusting and there was like mold all over the floors, all over the furniture, all over

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Duncan Fire Station Closed due to Mold Problem

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Duncan fire station number 3, located at 1701 Elder in Duncan, Oklahoma, was recently closed after mold was discovered in the living quarters and office space. According to Duncan Fire Chief Dayton Burnside, “Once the city discovered the mold, they had it tested and got the report back…then paid an environmental specialist out of Lawton

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Start of School Year in Hesperia Delayed Due to Mold Infestation

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The start of Hesperia Community’s school year has been delayed due to mold infestation in some classrooms of Patricia St. Clair Elementary School in Hesperia, Michigan. Authorities said the mold was detected on the carpets in elementary school during a routine walk-through on September 7th. However, since the K-12th students share the same ventilation system,

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Franklin County Health Department Faces Mold Issue

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The Franklin County Health Department building in Columbus, Ohio, was temporarily shut down on September 2, due to mold issues. According to Franklin County manager Angela Harris, the building was briefly vacated to seal off mold-infested areas for treatment. The staff was requested to vacate the building and customer services were made limited. Harris said

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Mold Detected in Fayette County Elementary School

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Fayette County school district officials have detected mold in Huddleston Elementary School, Peachtree City, Georgia. Principal Heidi Pfannenstiel said the Fayette County school district has cleaned the mold-infested classrooms and confirmed that it was not black mold. In a letter addressed to the parents, she wrote, “There are some individuals with a higher sensitivity to

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Third-Grade Wing of Oakdale Elementary School Closed due to Mold Infestation

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Third-grade wing of Oakdale Elementary School building in Cincinnati, Ohio, was temporarily closed on August 12 due to mold outbreak. The wing was shut down after mold was discovered on books and clipboards in a classroom. The students have been temporarily shifted to other classrooms while the crews are working to clean up the wing.

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$107,000 Bid Approved for Mold Cleanup at Dublin City Hall

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The Dublin City Council has approved a bid of $107,000 to clean and sterilize the mold-infested and storm-damaged city hall building. The building was severely damaged by the water, wind and hail during spring’s devastating storms. As temperatures increased, mold infested the building, making it unusable. During cleanup, the city operations will be temporarily shifted

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Ill Woman Sues Drake Hotel over Moldy Rooms

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Lori Ficarra, who allegedly became sick after residing in a moldy hotel room, has filed a lawsuit against Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, being operated/owned by the Hilton Worldwide Inc., LCP Berkshire LLC, and HPP Hotels USA Inc. According to the lawsuit, Ficarra resided in the hotel room on August 23, 2013. She started feeling ill

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Flood-Affected Properties are at High Risk of Mold Infestation

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Due to extraordinarily high rainfall this summer, floods have caused serious destruction across the country. There have been reports of deaths, injuries as well as property damage. Experts recommend paying attention to possible mold infestation before moving back into the flood-affected properties. According to the experts, the flood water brings invisible pathogens with it while

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Doraville Mother Complains Mold is Making Her Family Sick

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A resident of Sonoma Ridge apartments in DeKalb County, Georgia, has complained that the mold infested apartment is making her family sick. Ethaca Truitt, a Doraville mother, said she has been making continuous complaints to the management about the situation. She claims that the owner is not letting her out of the lease agreement, and

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Dangers of Mold

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Some people say the dangers of mold are highly overrated. They are the lucky ones. Maybe they are the ones who are unaffected. Just as some people do not have hayfever, some people do not have sensitivity to the kinds of mold that cause an allergic reaction in people. As for other molds which produce

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Walgreens Recalls Donuts after Complaints of Mold

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After the reports of mold in some Nice! Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts, Walgreen Co. of Deerfield, IL is refunding the customers who bought this product. The company has asked the customers to return these products to nearby Walgreens stores and claim a refund. In case of any questions, the company can be contacted at 1-800-925-4733.

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Broken Arrow Fire Station Closes due to Mold Issues

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Broken Arrow fire station 1 in Oklahoma, was temporarily shut down last week due to mold infestation in building walls. The building, located at 120 W. Kenosha St., was flooded last week due to heavy rains and the clean-up crews reported mold in the building during their post-flood operation. Authorities said tests are being conducted

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“Moldy” the movie

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LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Bulletproof Films investigates the dangerous world of toxic environmental mold in the new documentary film MOLDY. Produced by prominent biohacker, bestselling author, and Bulletproof Founder, Dave Asprey, and directed by Kee Kee Buckley and Eric Troyer, the film uncovers the frightening truth about this growing health crisis far

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Atlanta Resident Complains of Mold Infestation in his Apartment

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A resident of a Peoples’ Town Villas apartment in southeast Atlanta, Georgia, has complained that mold is making him sick. Joseph Culler said he suffers from an ailment that weakens his immune system and mold infestation in his apartment is further worsening his condition. “I know about mold, it’s very lethal. It’ll kill you, especially

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Nobody Shows up at Auction of Mold-Infested Building in Bartow

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City management of Bartow, Florida, held an auction to sell the mold-infested, former solid waste department’s building on May 19, however, nobody showed up. The building, located at 2060 State Road 60 E, was abandoned more than a year ago after its wall and carpet became infested with mold. The city’s Solid Waste Department was

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Washington County Post Office Closed due to Mold and Other Issues

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A Washington County post office was closed on May 6 due to mold, flooding and other issues. The Shushan post office, located in a rented property at 691 county Route 64, was closed due to serious safety concerns. According to Town Supervisor Seth Pitts, “There are mold issues, water issues, foundation and floor issues… just

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Santa Monica’s Famous Celebrity Rental Faces Mold Issue

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Champagne Towers, a famous celebrity high-rise rental located at 1221 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica, California, is undergoing major overhaul, in part due to mold infestation. As per the public records, the management has been trying to get rid of mold since several months. Recently, Donald Bren’s Irvine Co. has decided to go for a

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Firefighters Exposed to Mold

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Firefighters who tested positive for toxic mold exposure have led to a planned re-inspection of Indian River County Fire stations. Toxic Mold inspection for the buildings is in the planning stage. The Indian River Firefighter’s Union says they are not asking for a double-digit raise. They only want livable working conditions and roofs that don’t

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Asbestos, Mold Hazards Found in KC-Based Advance Auto Parts Store

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On complaint of a worker, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA} inspected an Advance Auto Parts store located in Kansas City, Missouri, for possible asbestos, mold and hygiene hazards. On inspection, OSHA inspectors found one repeated and ten serious safety and health violations. According to Barbara Theriot, OSHA’s area director

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Mold-Infested West Lafayette City Hall Building to be Demolished this Year

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After remaining vacant for more than a year, the mold-infested West Lafayette city Hall building, Indiana, will be demolished this year. Last spring, an engineering report confirmed a failing foundation as well as the presence of mold in the building due to damaged water pipes. The offices were then moved to the police station and

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Mold, Moisture Damage Can Enhance Risk of Asthma in Children

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According to researchers at Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare, exposure to mold or moisture damage can increase the likelihood of asthma in children. The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics on February 16. According to lead researcher Anne Karvonen, “The most significant finding was that moisture damage with or without mold in

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Kane County Morgue Reopens after Mold Clean-up, Repairs

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The Kane County morgue, which was closed last summer due to mold infestation and other issues, has recently been reopened. The morgue was closed around 8 months ago, when several problems were detected including mold and freezer malfunctions. According to Coroner Rob Russell, the mold detected in the facility was non-toxic but it was necessary

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Mold and Bacteria Could Accumulate on Your Bath Towels

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According to a University of Arizona environmental health science professor, the towels used after a shower or bath should not be used more than 3 times without washing. According to Professor Kelly A. Reynolds, each time you use a towel after a bath, your dead skin cells end up on it. “Bacteria and mold will

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Mold Remediation Underway in Miller County Courthouse Building

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Miller County Courthouse building, located in Texarkana, Arkansas, is facing mold problem due to which, some employees have been temporarily relocated while the remediation is underway. Mold infestation was found last month after an investigation by an Arkansas Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health officer. According to Miller County Judge Larry Burgess, “He

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Memphis Housing Authority Project Plagued with Mold, Exposed Wiring

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A recent audit has exposed that the Memphis Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program has a host of problems including exposed electrical wiring, mold, missing locks, improper water heater lines and poor yard maintenance. The officials with the federal Office of Inspector General inspected 90 program units during the audit. Out of them, 77 failed

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Vanderbilt University Residence Halls Inspected for Mold Growth

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Discovery of mold in some residence halls of Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, prompted the management to inspect around 500 rooms in September. Vanderbilt’s senior director of housing operations, Jim Kramka, said that the presence of mold was reported in some old buildings which were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s, making them particularly

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School Remained Closed for 4 Days due to Mold Infestation

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Recently conducted test reports confirmed the presence of mold in a Catholic school located in St. Louis County, Missouri, after which it was closed for 4 days. The tests reports showed that Penicillium, Aspergillus or Cladosporium species were present in some classrooms as well as on the furniture, ceiling tiles and band instruments. Therefore, the

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Hospital Surgical Theatre Closed in the Bahamas Due to Mold Infestation

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Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said last week that a surgical theatre of the labour ward of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), located in Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas, has been shut down due to mold infestation. He said that the theatre was closed after the nurses and other staff complained about having respiratory problems due to mold

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Black and Yellow Mold Discovered in Martin County Building

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A repair work request was filed on August 13, after discovery of mold in the General Services Field Operations building of Martin County, Florida. The black and yellow mold on the walls and ceiling was discovered by the employees. The work order submitted by the Field Operations/Storm Water Manager Mark Gavitt, shows that there were

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Mold Tests to be Conducted in Katonah-Lewisboro Schools

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An anonymous complaint lodged with the state Department of Labor has prompted the Katonah-Lewisboro school district, South Salem, New York, to get 5 out of 6 buildings tested for mold infestation. Some weeks ago, the teachers union had expressed their concern regarding the presence of mold. However, the administration, after “visually re-examining the areas in

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Analysis Reveals ‘Normal’ Mold Level in Miami County Courthouse

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A recent mold testing conducted at the Miami County Courthouse in Troy, Ohio, shows that the building has ‘normal’ mold spore levels. The tests were conducted after a county commission candidate, Dave Fisher, said in a press conference that he has found 3 types of mold on a ceiling tile from the building. He also

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Mold Found in Kourtney Kardashian’s Calabasas Mansion

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An 8.4 million dollar Calabasas mansion bought by Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick in January, has turned out be infested with dangerous mold. The mold was found by the Kardashian’s interior designer who was installing lighting fixtures in the house. Kourtney, Scott and their kids, Mason, 4 and Penelope, 2, have moved out of the

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Highest Mold Count Recorded for 2014; Air Quality Alert Issued

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Extremely high mold count recorded in the Gottlieb Allergy Count has prompted a dangerous air quality alert in the Midwest. According to the creator of the Gottlieb Allergy Count, Dr. Joseph Leija, “Today’s mold count is the highest for the 2014 recording season.” He further explained that, “The mold count was 53,000 today, well over

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Parents Detained, Children Removed from the House Covered with Black Mold

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Odessa Police have arrested the parents of a 5-month-old girl and 23-month-old boy, after animal feces, exposed wires and black mold was found in their Odessa home. Both the children have been placed in a foster care. According to Child Protective Services (CPS) spokesperson Marleigh Meisner, “We remove children if the unsanitary conditions affect the

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Washtenaw Community College to Spend Over $500,000 for Mold Removal and Prevention

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The Washtenaw Community College, Michigan, has decided to take necessary actions after mold was detected on the outside layers of drywall in the Crane Liberal Arts and Science building. According to the Vice President of Facilities Damon Flowers, “It’s not a health issue, but over time if there becomes greater humidity in the rooms or

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600,000 books damaged by Mold

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A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will be applied to fix the damage to 600,000 books damaged by mold while books were in storage underground in Columbia, although 100,000 of those books will be lost. James Cogswell, Director of Libraries at the University of Missouri said there will be a partnership with Washington

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California Board of Equalization Faces $50M Claim Over Mold-related Illness

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The California Board of Equalization (BOE) is facing a new claim filed by their employees, who say that the mold at the BOE headquarters has been causing them respiratory problems, skin rashes and other mold-related illness. The claim is not the first one; a previous lawsuit regarding mold-related illness in BOE employees involved 31 plaintiffs

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Mold Spore Count in Chicago Recorded Near Dangerous Level

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According to a recent press release, the Gottlieb Allergy Count for mold spores in Chicago almost reached the threshold for the air quality level to be termed as ‘dangerous’. On June 30, the count was recorded to be 45,000, while the threshold of 50,000 is considered dangerous. The mold count was at its highest level

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Prevent Mold Growth by Basement Waterproofing

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Mold growth in homes is a serious issue. It can slowly destroy the area where it grows and more importantly, it often creates health issues for the residents. Mold creates irritants, allergens and mycotoxins (toxic substances). Anyone who inhales or touches the mold spores can develop serious allergies and health issues, like throat, nose, eyes,

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Black Mold Removed from Madison Elementary School

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Black mold growth at Madison Elementary School in Madison, Alabama, which was brought to notice a few weeks ago by some parents, has now been removed. The operations and maintenance supervisor for the school district, Kevin Guest, made a presentation to the Madison school board regarding the black mold abatement on June 26. He said

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Workers Walk Out to Warn About Black Mold in Muskegon Hotel

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The workers of Victory Inn and Suites, Muskegon, Michigan, have warned the public regarding black mold growth in several rooms. “I can’t take it no more,” said Alicia Rogers from the hotel’s housekeeping service, who led the group of 6 workers and gathered outside the hotel to warn the masses. According to Alicia, they tried

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Mold-Infested Abandoned House in Union Beach Poses Health Threat to Neighbors

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Authorities revealed that an abandoned, mold-infested home at Saint James Avenue in Union Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey could be causing health issues for the nearby residents. The house, which was left abandoned after Sandy storm, was recently inspected, after a neighbor complained that the mold is making his family sick. The inspection confirmed that

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Clean your Air-Conditioners to Keep Mold Allergies Away

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There is no denying to the fact that air-conditioning makes life easier. Nevertheless, those who live in warm areas know that it can also increase the risk of mold allergies. The leftover moisture inside the units often provide a favorable space for mold growth and if such units are used without cleaning, the mold spores

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Kane County Coroner Office Closed Following Black Mold Detection

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The coroner office for Kane County, Illinois is being temporarily shifted to DuPage County facility, after black mold was detected in and around the morgue’s cooler and refrigerator area. Rob Russell, the Kane County Coroner, said at Friday’s Judicial and Public Safety Committee meeting that mold growth was found in the morgue during freezer parts

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$70 Million Funding to Address Housing Improvement, Mold Remediation for Tribal Communities

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a funding of $70 million for improving housing conditions and economic opportunities for tribal communities across the nation. The funding has been announced, through HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG). According to HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Native American Programs, Rodger Boyd, “HUD

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Mold Infested House Poses Health Threat to Queens Neighbours

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Some residents of Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, have complained that a nearby mold infested house has become a health threat for them. According to them, the house sustained damages due to Superstorm Sandy and has since been left abandoned by the owners. The next door resident Joyce Zoller said that the house is

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Old Nursing, Fine Arts buildings in WSSU Cleared Mold Test

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Two old buildings of Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina, have cleared the mold and asbestos tests. The tests were conducted after some complaints were reported regarding possible mold and asbestos contamination in Old Nursing building, built in 1956 and Fine Arts buildings, built in 1958. However, the director of Environmental Health and Safety at WSSU

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Black Mold Found in a Hotel in Covington, Georgia

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According to a fire inspection conducted in Covington Lodge, Covington, Georgia, on June 3, many rooms in the hotel are infested with black mold. Tony Smith, a Fire Marshall at the Covington Fire Department said that the inspection was conducted after two separate complaints were lodged against the hotel. The first complaint was a life

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Part of School Closed in Saint Lucia due to Mold Infestation

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A section of Corinth Secondary School in Saint Lucia, was closed last month due to mold and termite infestation. According to the school officials, the mold and termite infestation was found mostly on the outer walls and the ceiling of some of the classrooms. According to the School Principal, Willard Andrew, the decision for closure

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2014’s Highest Mold Count Recorded in the Midwest

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On May 28, the allergy count for the Midwest regions showed the highest mold count in the year 2014. According to Joseph Leija , who is an allergist and the creator of Gottlieb Allergy Count in Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, situated outside Chicago, “The daily rains coupled with the warm, humid weather have created the perfect

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How to Keep Your Home Mold Free

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Mold growth in a home is not only unsightly, but can also trigger many health problems in the residents. While the health implications may vary from person to person, the common problems include wheezing, coughing, nasal and throat infections and asthma. In order to keep your home mold free, experts recommend the following things to

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Experts Recommend Berries with Mold Growth Should be Avoided

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Have you ever seen white coloured mold grown on the blueberries you bring from supermarkets? According to health experts, this white mold is usually a species from trichoderma genus. This type of mold is not generally dangerous for human health however, it can trigger an allergic reaction in some people. The experts recommend that the

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City of Donalsonville Fire Station Faces Mold and Asbestos Problems

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The fire station building in the city of Donalsonville, Georgia, is experiencing mold and asbestos problems. A survey, conducted this February by the Alternative Construction & Environmental Solutions, showed the evidence of mold growth as well as high carbon monoxide levels in the building. The mold spores were found in many indoor areas including the

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs Law Requiring Mold Resistant building Materials

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New York city Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has signed a bill presented by the councilman Steven Matteo, which necessitates the use of mold-resistant building materials in the moisture prone areas of the houses. The bill, which has now become a law, was presented due to the moist conditions experienced following the Hurricane Sandy. According to

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Arizona, California, and Nevada at Risk From Toxic Mold

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Experts have warned that the ongoing hot wave and severe drought in Arizona, California, and Nevada has increased the likeliness of toxic mold growth inside air-conditioners, swamp coolers and central air conditioning systems. According to Phillip Fry, who is an Environmental and Industrial Hygienist, “Such cooling equipment is often a big mold factory because of

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76 Year old Roosevelt County Courthouse Building Infested with Mold

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The employees of the Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales, New Mexico, were temporary relocated, after mold was discovered in the building. Eight different of molds, including one black mold strain were discovered in the 76 year old building. According to Roosevelt County Manager, Charlene Webb, “This is not the toxic black mold that you would

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Recent Stormy Weather Leaves Mississippi Residents Vulnerable to Mold Problem

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The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has warned the residents regarding the possible mold issues which can occur following the recent severe weather situation in the area. According to the MSDH, the stagnant moisture can significantly contribute in mold growth. When such conditions persists, the mold issue can become serious and the residents can

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Section of Dighton Police Station Demolished due to Mold Problems

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A mold-infested section of the Dighton police station, located at 1551 Somerset Ave, Bristol County, Massachusettswas, was demolished earlier this week by the officials. The chief of Dighton police, Robert MacDonald said, “We lost 300 square feet of this building,” The decision of demolishing the section was made after mold infestation was discovered. Police officials

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Monticello City Hall to Get a Grant of $129,986 for Mold Remediation

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On April 22, 2014, the city council of Monticello, Florida, approved a resolution to accept bids worth $129,986 from Environmental Protection Associates, for solving mold and other related issues of the Monticello City Hall. A major contributor in the project will be GIF, who will be providing a grant of $15,000. The funds will be

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Another Mold Lawsuit

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Mold lawsuits strike again: This time, Akeidra Massey and Joseph Jacks filed suit against Willwoods Community, Willwoods Community Management Inc. and their insurer in the 24th Judicial District Court on March 26. The attorney defending Akeidra Massey and Joseph Jacks is J. Nelson Mauyer III of New Orleans. These tenants of the Courtyard Apartments were

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West Lafayette’s City Hall Faces Serious Mold Problem

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The mold problem in the vacated City Hall of the West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana has been found to be more serious than anticipated. Mold spores were first detected in January this year, after which, the hall was completely vacated by the end of February. According to Mayor John Dennis, the mold remediation crew has

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Shreveport Memorial Library Faces Mold Issue Again

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The huge literary collection of Shreveport Memorial Library is under serious threat due to mold growth. Mold was detected recently by the main branch manager Mary Canfield. According to her, the Louisiana collection, petroleum, government documents and law collections on the third floor have been contaminated with mold. In a letter to the executive director

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Capri Sun to Handle Mold Problem with New See-Through Packaging

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After several complaints from the customers about the presence of molds in their products, the management of Capri Sun, the famous kids’ pouch drink brand, has decided to improve the product packaging. The manufacturers of Capri Sun, Kraft Foods have replaced the old packaging design with an improved one having a see-through bottom. The new

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NY: classroom mold

PS 48 on Broadway is covered in mold, and Washington Heights parents are upset. Why should their kids have to go to a moldy, mildewy school? Why, indeed? Ten year old trailers called TCUs (transposable classroom units) in which classes are being held are literally infested in mold and falling apart, but the kids are

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Kanawha County Elementary: Mold Removal

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Mary Ingles Elementary in Kanawha County has mold issues and is scheduled for a mold clean-up to the tune of $155,000, which includes a new, non-leaking roof. The school has apparently had lots of water issues for a long time. Campbell’s Creek elementary children will be glad to see it finished. The due date is

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Jury Awarded $12.4 Million to Building Owners for Suing Builders over Mold Issue

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A jury in Polk county, Florida, has rewarded the apartment complex owners who sued the apartment builders for leakage and mold in the building. The jury has awarded $12.4 million to the owners, in what is being regarded as the greatest judgment of this kind. The owners complained that the Westlake apartments and condos, a

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New Study Links Mold Exposure to Asthma in Middle Aged Adults

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A recent study conducted by the researchers of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne determined that the presence of mold inside homes increases the likeliness of asthma symptoms in middle age adults. The researchers John Burgess and Desiree Meszaros found out that the study participants having more mold

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Princeton School District Office to Relocate Due to Mold, Field Mice

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The board members of Princeton  school district office have decided to temporary re-locate it to another location. The office located at 506 E. Dover Road, Princeton is currently facing various maintenance issues, including field mice and mold. The building will be temporarily evacuated for proper maintenance and mold remediation. The Reagan Middle School, Tiskilwa and Douglas School,

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Kitchen Items That Must be Cleaned to Avoid Molds

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There are places in the kitchen which even the most particular people ignore to clean; even occasionally.  These are the places where mold may be lurking in its various forms, and hence must be cleaned to avoid the mold growth.  These places include: Can Openers: Residuals of food or juices cause mold and yeast on

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Woman Says Mold has Sent Her and Her Daughter to Emergency Room

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Andricka Phillips of New Orleans blames mold for worsening her asthma and sending her to the emergency room.  According to her, she is sick of being sick constantly and can hardly walk without wheezing. She has been dealing with mold in her bathrooms for almost a year and feels that it is her biggest problem

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Sea Bright Police Headquarters to be Evacuated for Mold Remediation

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Sea Bright police headquarters building, located at 1099 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, New Jersey, is going to be temporary evacuated, after black mold was detected within the floor layers. According to Joseph Verruni, the Sea Bright Borough Administrator, “There is non-airborne black mold that exists within the layers of the floor in the building”. In

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Remediation of Ocean Avenue Police Station

A mold infestation in the floor of the police building on Ocean Ave is leading to remediation. The process is expected to take a couple of months. The floor and walls are affected. Fortunately, the expense is going to be covered two kinds of insurance and FEMA and possibly a grant. The dozen or so

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EMA Starts Investigating Mold Issue at a School in DeKalb County, Georgia

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The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has started investigating the presence of molds at Valley Head School in DeKalb County, Georgia. The EMA teams, police and firefighters arrived at the school on Afternoon of Friday, March 14, 2014. According to Anthony Clifton, Director EMA, they had received reports about the presence of mold in the school and

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Failure To Disclose Big Toxic Problems

Now sick from living in toxic mold, homeowners are suing a California realtor, home inspector, and mortgage lender for failing to disclose elevated levels of toxic mold in their just-purchased San Diego home. The couple now suffers from memory loss, headaches, chronic tiredness, sinus problems, and respiratory problems such as difficulty in breathing and frequent

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About Mold Removal

To remove mold, first you have to find ALL mold growth, including mold hidden inside walls, ceilings, floors, attics, basements, crawl spaces, and heating/cooling equipment and ducts, as well as mold hidden inside, beneath, and behind kitchen sink cabinets, bathroom vanity cabinets, carpeting and padding, dishwashers, washing machines, furniture, draperies, and wallpaper. A professional would

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Homeowner Tips for Staying Mold Free

■ Check for standing water in the basement, water marks on the walls, musty smells. ■ Make certain your home’s airtight barrier is properly installed. Improper installation lets water penetrate and mold can grow where you won’t see it. ■ Have home inspector look for mold, or signs of water damage. ■ Investigate home history

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Mold Location

Dear George, Do you have services available in Michigan? I am interested in having our home tested for mold and mildew. Signed, Michigan Dear Michigan, We are located in California. Here is a link to a portion of our service area: http://byebyemold.com/sa.php 1-800-686-1992

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Chronic Cough and Mold

Dear George, I have a chronic cough, that only occurs at home, nowhere else, can it be mold? How can I test the house? Thank you. Dear thanks, To test for mold, you can always hire a company like Byebyemold to come in and perform tests. Before we actually perform the tests, we talk with

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Mold assistance

Dear George, I have a friend whose son is undergoing treatment for Hodgekins Lymphodema. They have found a LOT of mold in their house. Are there any resources or organizations out there that may help them financially to redo the house and get rid of the mold? signed, help Dear Help, The government website http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Benefits.shtml

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Dangerous molds?

Dear George, Is the mold called Aspergillus, Mysomycetes and Cladosporium dangerous molds? Can they be cleaned out of your home? Thanks, Christina Dear Christina, There are many varietals of Aspergillus (like Aspergillus candidu, Aspergillus carneus, Aspergillus clavatus,Aspergillus deflectus. Some are more pathogenic than others. One of the worst is Aspergillus flavus which produces a type

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Moldy Foreclosure

Dear George, I want to be in a foreclosure home but it has mold. It has black mold on the basement walls in a couple other walls in the house. Should I even consider this because it is a 250,000 dollar house going for 52,000? Signed, Perplexed Buyer Dear Perplexed Buyer There’s no way to

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Mold in my Car

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Dear George, What are the effects of breathing mold from carpeting, etc. in an automobile? Signed, Car mold Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxic substances called mycotoxins. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, and the responses will differ depending on which mold is growing

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Attic Mold

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Dear George, I have black mold forming under the roof sheeting and on rafters in attic. I have a ridge vent as well as soffet vents on both sides. You can easily look down between the rafters and see daylite. What is causing this and how do i get rid of it. Signed, rafter mold

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Mold Odor

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Dear George, I smell mold near the windows of my home. My husband can’t smell it. My eyes burn, ears and neck feel swollen. The house is 100 years old. What should we do? If its not mold, then what is it? Moldy on Peaks Island, Maine Dear Moldy in Maine, There’s a brand of

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Method of Detection

Dear George, what is the most effective method for detecting mold and spores? signed, Efficiency Dear Efficiency, It’s like real estate–it depends on location, location, location. So the answer is: it depends. The most obvious method and the most likely answer is sampling. Take the sample, send to the lab. (etc) But if you can’t

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Source of the Odor

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Dear George, My daughter purchased a remodeled home in Woodland Hills.Her babies room and the adjacent office has a fishy odor. At times it goes away and other times it is very strong. Is there a way to determine what and where this odor is coming from Signed, Fishy Dear Fishy, ByebyeMold does have devices

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San Carlos Mold

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Dear George, I had air sampling in my home & found areas with mold levels 3x outdoor air levels. I have inspected for moisture but can’t find any. What should I do next? I’m in San Carlos, CA – can you recommend someone I could contact? Signed, San Carlos Dear San, For a professional mold

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Mold Spreads

Dear George, CAN BLACK MOLD ON THE PATIO CEILING FALL ON MY BED CLOTHES AND FURNITURE IF I HAD MY SLIDING GLASS DOOR OPEN. CAN IT BE BLOWN ON TO EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE BY THE WIND ARE MUST IT BE TOUCHED TO CONTAMINATE MY THINGS. signed, Patio The quality of outdoor air is the

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Mold is in the Letter of the Law

Dear George, We just bought a house and before we closed escrow we had a mold inspection. The inspection showed no mold issues after air samples. After we moved in we have found mold in 4 rooms, is the mold inspector liable for the costs we are incurring ? Signed, Sample Realty Dear Sample, It

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green surface and yellow edged Mold

Dear George, Please what could these fungi be 1 green surface and yellow edge 2 gray surface and white edge 3 white woolly surface with sported black 4 black surface all in SDA THANKS Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, We can’t do your homework for you. If you want to look at our glossary, it should help

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Cost of testing

Dear George, how much does it cost to get a mold inspection? and/or testing? Signed, Cheap Call us at 1-800-686-1992 so we can discuss specifically what you want. ByeByeMold actually provides a wide range of testing services; we can test for mold in one or several areas, take lab test samples as well as do

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Why Compare mold levels?

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Dear George, I don’t get it. What’s the point of indoor outdoor comparisons? Signed, mixed up Dear Mixed up, It’s all about establishing a basis for comparision. Depending on the geographic ecosystem, there is some natural level of mold and mold spores outside (lower of course, somewhere like the North Pole compared to an area

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Spreading Mold

Dear George, CAN BLACK MOLD ON THE PATIO CEILING FALL ON MY BED CLOTHES AND FURNITURE IF I HAD MY SLIDING GLASS DOOR OPEN. CAN IT BE BLOWN ON TO EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE BY THE WIND ARE MUST IT BE TOUCHED TO CONTAMINATE MY THINGS. Signed, Ceiling Fan Dear Fan, The quality of outdoor

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How Deep is the mold?

Dear George, Got a question that I just can’t seem to say it without too many words. I just found what the aparment maintenance manager called black mold. He says that he is going to spray clorox on the about 6 inches spot and is going to seal the… Dear …, Have you ever seen

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Cost of a Mold Inspection

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Dear George, how much does it cost to get a mold inspection? and/or testing? Signed, my wallet Dear Wallet, Call us at 1-800-686-1992 so we can discuss specifically what you want. ByeByeMold actually provides a wide range of testing services; we can test for mold in one or several areas, take lab test samples as

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Mold Inspector

Dear George, We just bought a house and before we closed escrow we had a mold inspection. The inspection showed no mold issues after air samples. After we moved in we have found mold in 4 rooms, is the mold inspector liable for the costs we are incurring ? Signed, Homeowners Dear homeowners, Congratulations on

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Mold Agency

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Dear George, Is there an agency that issues an inspection and clearance certificate after mold abatement to a commercial building? Please advise. signed, California Dear California, California is one of only a few states which have taken steps toward establishing permissible mold standards. California’s “Toxic Mold Protection Act of 2001” authorizes the state’s Department of

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Mold types

Dear George, please what could these fungi be 1 green surface and yellow edge 2 gray surface and white edge 3 white woolly surface with sported black 4 black surface all in SDA THANKS Signed, Timmy Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, We can’t do your homework for you. If you want to look at our glossary, it

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Nursing Home Mold

Dear George, How do i anonymously report suspected black mold in a Nursing Home? I have very close friends living in a nursing home that I have heard has black mold growing on the walls under the wall paper. I do not want my friends subjected to retaliation. Sign, Nursing Home Rat Dear Nursing Home

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Kids and mold allergy

Dear George, Could my 9 month old keeping getting sick from mold being places in my home? She’s having problems breathing, weezing all the time.Someone told us it could be from mold growing somewhere in our home and we just dont know! Don’t know in West Dear West, Yes, your child could certainly be getting

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Condo Mold

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Dear George, i recently discovered my mother’s condo has mold. a neighbor’s handyman said it was black mold. i would like to have it tested to confirm this. what would the cost be for a two level condo in west covina? Signed, West Covina Dear West Covina Call us at 1-800-686-1992 so we can discuss

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Hidden Ceiling and wall mold

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Dear George, How do you detect mold? Can you detect mold in the ceiling and walls? I think thats where my mold is. apartment dweller Dear Dweller, There are several ways which mold can be tested in walls and ceilings–Sampling takes samples which are lab tested for verification. There are also mechanical devices which can

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Mold Types and Results

Dear George, Asperguillas/Penicillium and Cladosporin are what type of mold. What if anything can they do to your health? Signed, Penicillium Nuts Dear Nuts, Molds can cause a number of responses, more than we can answer here, including any degree of allergy. If you’re talking about classification, molds are either Zygomycota, Deuteromycota and Ascomycota. Aspergillus

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Types of Mold-see glossary

what are all the different molds and what health problems do they cause? There are thousands of types of mold, far more than we can do justice to in a small paragraph here. But we do host a mold glossary, which you can explore here: http://byebyemold.com/glossary.php Heath effects of moldy environments vary because most reactions

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Landlord Mold Assessment

Dear George, I have a resident who thinks he has mold.I took some pictures and saw no concern, nor smell of mold or moisture. I wonder if I sent the pictures if you can take a look and write back what you think? My name is Carla Dear Carla, We are professionals whose word stands

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Mold you smell but can’t see

Dear George, Moved into remodeled house.Water has been a problem during the remodeling. One room smell musty after heavy rains, however I do not see any mold. Can you suggest the best way to approach this? signed, sniffer Dear Sniffer, If you smell mold, it is likely there IS mold. The best thing to do

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Who owns test results?

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Dear George, As a tenant in the State of Nevada, may I obtain a copy of mold test results without going through my landlord? Signed, Mold test results Byebye Mold policy is that whoever orders and purchases the mold testing owns the results. If your landlord refuses to give you the mold result documents, you

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Is Mold a problem?

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Dear George, how long it takes for mold to grow to became a problem? thank you anatoly Anatoly Dear Anatoly, Why wait for it to become a problem before you fix it? THis is one of these things that remind me of the old saying…a stitch in time saves 9. Why not stop it before

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Detection

Dear George, Is there a way to have a house inspected to detect if there is black mold present possibley in the inside walls? signed, Curious Dear Curious, Yes. If the mold assessor is like Byebye Mold, they use thermal imaging systems as well as devices which detect gases. Because moisture intrusion and water leaks

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Green and Black

Dear George, If there is mold on the outside of the wall then is it growing on the inside? The mold color is kind of black and green and of course has grown where there has been moisture. I was wondering if you had and idea what type of mold it was? Signed, Bicolor Mold

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Building flooded

Dear George, I work for US Oil Recovery in Pasadena tx. We had 2 ft of water in our building. The water is now gone and we are working in the builing People are starting to get sick,how do I go about checking the air quality? and how much should it cost? Signed, US Oil

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Stuffed Animals full of mold

Dear George, My stuffed animals from childhood were taken over by black mold. Can they be saved/cleaned? Thanks in advance for your help! Gina Gramzow Dear Gina, Soft items that absorb water are usually not salvageable. Adding chlorine bleach to the wash cycle (if the stuffed animal is washable) will remove most mildew and will

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Mold Illness

Dear George, I have molds, black, white, copper and shades in between. how do I determine health risks? Signed, Sick, moldy patient Dear Sick, A professional mold assessment can determine the specific species of molds which have infiltrated your home. Certain molds such as Stachybotrys chartarum are well documented to have negative health effects, and

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Mold in our clothes

Dear George, We have Mold in our close and we told that it might air born and if thats cases we need it taken care of soon please call at 000 000-0000 Signed, Phoenix Dear Phoenix, There is no question about it. Mold spores are carried in the air. However we are not in the

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Wet Carpet

Dear George, We had water in our finished basement soaking the carppet but no standing water or water above the carpet. The whole carpet & paddig was removed & thrown out. what is the risk of developing mold in the dry walls, how to check for mold & prevent mold signed, wet carpet Dear Wet

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waterlogged carpet

Dear George, We have a basement play area for our kids that took in several dozen gallons of rain water over the weekend. We are concerned now in drying the carpeting and padding that we have mold and need help quickly in assessing and addressing the issues. signed, waterlogged Dear waterlogged, IF the carpeting has

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Mildew on Ceiling

Dear George, Hi there! On the outside of my house I have mildew growing that corresponds to mildew growing on ceilings & walls on the inside second floor. What’s up??? Can’t breathe in Ohio, Kit Doll-Shemas Dear Kit, If there’s moisture and an environment where mold or mildew can grow, the varieties of species which

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Leaky Air Conditioning Grows Mold

Dear George, My roommates and I have had a leaking air conditioner which made a whole in the ceiling and now mold is growing all along side of it, how do i go bye getting this checked out. The maintance people said put bleach on it but it doesnt go away Signed, Leaky Dear Leaky,

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$1 million to fix Mold

El Paso County Downtown Detention Facility has mold. Mold in the HVAC supply and return units, mold in the duct work. The cost of moved prisoners is $35,000 per day–that’s $70 per day per inmate. The fourteen days it will take to clean up the mold is going to cost the county $490,000. After white,

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Toxic Mold for Illinois School May Strain Budget

Dear George, Why should the school be concerned about mold detected in school? Signed, inquisitive Dear inquisitive, A toxic mold problem was detected in an Illinois school $6 million, and according to a report from wpsdlocal6.com, it could cost the school up to $6 million to fix it. Meridian Elementary and Junior High reported that

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What is the most effective method for detecting mold and spores?

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Dear George, What is the most effective method for detecting mold and spores? It’s like real estate–it depends on location, location, location. So the answer is: it depends. The most obvious method and the most likely answer is sampling. Take the sample, send to the lab. (etc) But if you can’t see it, if mold

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How do I find out what the smell is?

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Dear George, My daughter purchased a remodeled home in Woodland Hills. Her babies room and the adjacent office has a fishy odor. At times it goes away and other times it is very strong. Is there a way to determine what and where this odor is coming from? Signed, Grams Dear Grams, ByebyeMold does have

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My mold levels are 3x outdoor levels

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Dear George, I had air sampling in my home & found areas with mold levels 3x outdoor air levels. I have inspected for moisture but can’t find any. What should I do next? I’m in San Carlos, CA – can you recommend someone I could contact? Dear San Carlos For a professional mold assessment, call

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Does Mold Spread?

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Dear George, CAN BLACK MOLD ON THE PATIO CEILING FALL ON MY BED CLOTHES AND FURNITURE IF I HAD MY SLIDING GLASS DOOR OPEN. CAN IT BE BLOWN ON TO EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE BY THE WIND ARE MUST IT BE TOUCHED TO CONTAMINATE MY THINGS. The quality of outdoor air is the baseline for

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House Mold Inspection

We just bought a house and before we closed escrow we had a mold inspection. The inspection showed no mold issues after air samples. After we moved in we have found mold in 4 rooms, is the mold inspector liable for the costs we are incurring ? Currently there are no legal standards for mold

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What could these fungi be?

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Dear George, please what could these fungi be 1 green surface and yellow edge 2 gray surface and white edge 3 white woolly surface with sported black 4 black surface all in SDA THANKS Timmy, Timmy, Timmy, We can’t do your homework for you. If you want to look at our glossary, it should help

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how much does it cost to get a mold inspection? and/or testing?

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Dear George, how much does it cost to get a mold inspection? How much does it cost to get testing? For an inspection, or just to talk about it, call us at 1-800-686-1992 so we can discuss specifically what you want. ByeByeMold actually provides a wide range of testing services; we can test for mold

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What’s the point of indoor outdoor comparisons?

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Dear George, What’s the point of indoor outdoor comparisons? Depending on the geographic ecosystem, there is some natural level of mold and mold spores outside (lower of course, somewhere like the North Pole compared to an area in the tropics). There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor

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Is there mold below the surface?

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Dear George, Got a question that I just can’t seem to say it without too many words. I just found what the apartment maintenance manager called black mold. He says that he is going to spray clorox on the about 6 inches spot and is going to seal it? Dear wordy, Have you ever seen

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Is there an agency that issues an inspection and clearance certificate after mold abatement to a commercial building?

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Dear George, I’m in California. Is there an agency that issues an inspection and clearance certificate after mold abatement to a commercial building? Please advise. The guidelines for mold are that there is no visible mold growth and that the results of the air sampling is equal to or less than the baseline sampling outdoors.

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report suspected black mold in a Nursing Home

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Dear George, How do i anonymously report suspected black mold in a Nursing Home? I have very close friends living in a nursing home that I have heard has black mold growing on the walls under the wall paper. I do not want my friends subjected to retaliation. Signed, Mold Spy Dear Spy, It depends

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Could my 9 month old keeping getting sick from mold?

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Dear George, Could my 9 month old keeping getting sick from mold being places in my home? She’s having problems breathing, weezing all the time.Someone told us it could be from mold growing somewhere in our home and we just dont know! Signed, Mama Dear Mama, Yes, your child could certainly be getting sick from

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Asperguillas/Penicillium and Cladosporin are what type of mold?

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Dear George, Asperguillas/Penicillium and Cladosporin are what type of mold? What if anything can they do to your health? Signed, Curious Molds can cause a number of responses, more than we can answer here, including any degree of allergy. If you’re talking about classification, molds are either Zygomycota, Deuteromycota and Ascomycota. Aspergillus is a genus

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What are all the different molds?

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Dear George, what are all the different molds and what health problems do they cause? Signed, Curious Dear Curious, Byebye Mold is good, really good at mold inspections– But you should know that doctors, scientists and lawyers have been fighting over the answer to your question for years. Even when doctors and scientists find definitive

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Can you see mold in my pictures?

Dear George, I have a resident who thinks he has mold.I took some pictures and saw no concern, nor smell of mold or moisture. I wonder if I sent the pictures if you can take a look and write back what you think? My name is Carla Dear My Name is Carla, We are professionals

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I smell mold in my remodeled house

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Dear George, Moved into remodeled house. Water has been a problem during the remodeling. One room smell musty after heavy rains, however I do not see any mold. Can you suggest the best way to approach this? If you smell mold, it is likely there IS mold. The best thing to do is to call

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May I obtain a copy of mold test results?

Dear George, As a tenant in the State of Nevada, may I obtain a copy of mold test results without going through my landlord? Byebye Mold policy is that whoever orders and purchases the mold testing owns the results. If your landlord refuses to give you the mold result documents, you can always have tests

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How long does it take for mold to become a problem?

Dear George, how long it takes for mold to grow to became a problem? thank you Anatoly Dear Anatoly, I wish I could give you an answer, but really, there is no set length of time. It varies for several reasons. Different species of mold grow at different rates of speed and even that is

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Can you detect if there is black mold present behind the walls?

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Dear George, Is there a way to have a house inspected to detect if there is black mold present possibley in the inside walls? Signed Growing Mold Yes. If the mold assessor is like Byebye Mold, they use thermal imaging systems as well as devices which detect gases. Because moisture intrusion and water leaks project

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If there’s mold outside…

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Dear George, If there is mold on the outside of the wall then is it growing on the inside? The mold color is kind of black and green and of course has grown where there has been moisture. I was wondering if you had and idea what type of mold it was? This depends on

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My Workplace Flooded

Dear George, I work for US Oil Recovery in Pasadena tx. We had 2 ft of water in our building. The water is now gone and we are working in the building. People are starting to get sick,how do I go about checking the air quality? and how much should it cost? The best thing

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My stuffed animals from childhood were taken over by black mold

Dear George, My stuffed animals from childhood were taken over by black mold. Can they be saved/cleaned? Thanks in advance for your help! Gina Gramzow Dear Gena, Soft items that absorb water are usually not salvageable. Adding chlorine bleach to the wash cycle (if the stuffed animal is washable) will remove most mildew and will

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I have molds

Dear George, I have molds, black, white, copper and shades in between. how do I determine health risks? Signed, black, white, copper, etc… Dear Etc, I hate to say this because it is so inconclusive, but…it depends. Mold has more characteristics than color. Certain types of mold tend to grow in certain locations, and have

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Mold in our Clothes

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We have Mold in our close and we told that it might air born and if thats cases we need it taken care of soon please call at — xxx-xxxx There is no question about it. Mold spores are carried in the air. Generally if you just wash your clothes, you need to dry them

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Water in our finished basement soaking the carpet

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Dear George, We had water in our finished basement soaking the carppet but no standing water or water above the carpet. The whole carpet & paddig was removed & thrown out. what is the risk of developing mold in the dry walls, how to check for mold & prevent mold Signed, Wet Rug Dear Wet

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Basement play area flooded and now we have mold

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Dear George, We have a basement play area for our kids that took in several dozen gallons of rain water over the weekend. We are concerned now in drying the carpeting and padding that we have mold and need help quickly in assessing and addressing the issues. IF the carpeting has been saturated, you can’t

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On the outside and the inside of my house I have mildew growing

Hi there! On the outside of my house I have mildew growing that corresponds to mildew growing on ceilings & walls on the inside second floor. What’s up??? Can’t breathe in Ohio, Kit Doll-Shemas Dear Kit, If there’s moisture and an environment where mold or mildew can grow, the varieties of species which grow locally

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Leaking Air Conditioner Mold

Dear George, My roommates and I have had a leaking air conditioner which made a hole in the ceiling and now mold is growing all along side of it, how do i go bye getting this checked out. The maintance people said put bleach on it but it doesnt go away. Signed, A drip First

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Moldy Smell in apartment

Dear George, We are renting an apartment that has a moldy smell. How do we find out if there are dangerous levels of mold in the apartment? The landlord has only suggested cleaning the carpet. Is that enough? signed, Moldy The carpet may well be one source of mold. If it IS the carpet, it

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my house was flooded

Dear George, My house was flooded with 4″ of water from TS Fay. I spent a week drying out the house with dehumidifiers and wanted to know when I should test for mold? How long will it take to know if our efforts are succesfull? Mold testing at ANY time provides a baseline of comparison

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Is Popping the Bubble Enough?

Dear George, Near the window in weeks ago the rain caused water under the carpet and buble of water about 1foot long in the living room under the bedroom.About 2week ago the landlrd repair poped the bubble, and repaint the surface. Signed, Bubble-free Dear Bubble-free, Hopefully your landlord did more than pop a bubble. Hopefully

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SICK, TROUBLE BREATHING, CHEST PAIN, SORE THROAT HIVES, COULD I HAVE MOLD?

Dear George, I JUST MOVED IN MY NEW PLACE BUT SINCE I MOVED IN I HAVE BEEN GETTING VERY SICK, TROUBLE BREATHING, CHEST PAIN, SORE THROAT HIVES RASHES ETC PLEASE I NEED HELP COULD I HAVE MOLD. MY SUN GETS RUNNY NOSE COUGH AND VOMMITING You could have mold allergies. You could have mycotoxins in

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Dear George, I have mold, but no leak

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Dear George, I have black mould in 2 bedrooms in my house. Neither room is humid or damp….. is this something a professional should look at? Yes. There are always mold spores in the air. The quantity varies depending on the time of year and location. But that does not mean you have to have

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Dear George We’re sick and we have mold

Dear George, We recently discovered alot of mold in our a/c unit by the a/c repair man. I had a heart transplant 3/24/03 and am and have been on immuno-supprsents since than. My husband has severe fibromyalgia and allergies. what to do? You should consider having an assessment done of the mold levels in your

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Dear George, will spray kill the mold?

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Dear George, I had a water leak for 2 1/2 months.There was mold on wood work,dry wall.They sprayed KILZ on the drywall and replace the trim.They tell me that will kill the mold. Is this true?This water leak was from my air conditioner should ducts be checked? It is hard to make a perfect analysis

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Dear George, Is my furnace moldy?

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I had my basement finished in my old home this past winter. Suddenly there is a mold smell in the furnace room that appears dry. The duct work and furnace are 3 1/2 yrs old. The duct work was cleaned in April. Could it be in the furnace? Mold can take root anywhere that water

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Dear George, Can you have invisible mold?

Dear George, Can you have black or any mold that causes illness and not visually see it? Yes, of course. There are parts of your house you can not see, such as inside walls, under carpeting, crawlspaces, attics. Anywhere that water can leak into, or anywhere that humidity can be trapped is a fertile place

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Dear George, I need mold

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Dear George, I need microscopic view of different molds. Thanx. Sincerely, Radhey Shyam Research Associate Best biotek research Labs Radhey, We have mold photos up at this location: http://byebyemold.com/morepix.php Enjoy

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Dear George, How Do I Detect mold?

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Dear George, My daughter rents in the basement of an old 3 story house. Her room has flooded to the point of very wet carpet four times this year. The landlord had a carpet company come in and they gave me a letter that stated there was no mold. How do I detect mold? Mold

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Dear George, Rain soaked our office carpet badly.

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Dear George, Rain soaked our office carpet badly. Management says there is no mold and are having the carpet cleaned. The smell for the last 48 hours has been HORRID. Should we be worried? t sounds as if you need a good dose of prevention. If there is no long term damage and the entire

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Dear George, We have alot of black spots that seem to grow bigger

Dear George, We have alot of black spots that seem to grow bigger through out the year on our walls and certain parts of the ceiling in or bathroom. If I spray beach on them it seems to make them go away for a while and then it comes back. Would this be mold? Dear

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Dear George, if there is water damages…

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Dear George, if there is water damage,excessive moisture,and building materials wet for more than forty-eight hours at a time in a building for the past ten months,is this a good indication that there will be mold growth? If so, please indicate what needs to be done. Dear Water Damage, The first thing to do is

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Dear George, Can you explain to me why you have to send the tests to a lab?

Dear George, Can you explain to me why you have to send the tests to a lab? The other company that was here had results over night, is that possible? I look forward to meeting George Jr. We send the samples we collect to the laboratory to for laboratory analysis. All samples are collected under

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What health symptoms are common with mold exposure?

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Allergic reactions are the most common mold health problem from exposure such as allergic rhinitis, dermatitis, asthma associated aggravation and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. A toxic affect may cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, headache, fatigue and muscle pain. A lack of concentration and mood swings have also been reported. Rare fungal infections are usually

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If mold is present, what’s the best way to get rid of it?

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The answer depends on how much mold is present and where it is located. If the mold is on furnishings or boxes simply discard the materials. Moldy materials are not considered hazardous waste; they can be sent to a regular landfill. However, it is smart to seal the mold material in heavy plastic to protect

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Are there reliable tests to indicate the presence of mold?

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Almost all of us already have two effective mold detectors: our eyes and our noses. If black or green discoloration is noticed that is fuzzy in appearance and is in a location that is damp or had been damp, it is almost certainly mold. If a building smells musty, there probably is mold somewhere; the

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Are there harmful and non-harmful molds?

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There are only a few molds that can cause infection in healthy humans. Some molds cause infections only in people with compromised immune systems. The biggest health problem from exposure to mold is allergy and asthma in susceptible people. There are more than 100,000 types of mold. Good information has been developed for only a

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What Are Molds?

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Molds are ‘tiny microscopic organisms’ that digest organic matter and reproduce by releasing spores. Molds are a type of fungi and there are over 100,000 species. In nature, mold helps decompose or break-down leaves, wood and other plant debris. Molds become a problem when they go where they are not wanted and digest materials such

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