Category Archives: Removal

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Lifeguard Headquarters in Lavallette Shut Down due to Black Mold

A lifeguard headquarters building in Lavallette, New Jersey, has been closed due to mold issues.

The building, that was opened earlier this year, was shut down after black mold was discovered.

The building had costed the Lavallette taxpayers approximately $387,000.

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Nuns at Stanwood Convent Sickened due to Mold Infestation

The sisters of the Convent of the Meeting of the Lord in the Stanwood convent, Snohomish County, Washington, have been sickened by mold.

The sisters, who make and sell beeswax candles for a living, have recently discovered that their home is infested with mold.

They estimated cost of cleanup and repair is between $10,000 and $30,000.

One of the neighbors has started a Go Fund Me project to help meet the repair expenses.

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600,000 books damaged by Mold


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 University and Missouri State University for replacement copies of missing documents.

The grant is for $400,000, and will be combined with insurance money to handle repair and replacement.

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

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 invests in people and neighbourhoods across the country that promote development at the local level by those local leaders who know their communities best. This year we are committed to not only expanding housing opportunities but also helping to ensure healthier environments for those affected by mold.”

For the fiscal year 2014, around $10, 000,000 is allocated for grants addressing the issues of mold remediation and prevention in and on the residential units, which are owned or managed by tribes and tribally designated housing units.

The deadline for application is July 29, 2014.

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Section of Dighton Police Station Demolished due to Mold Problems

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 said that the whole building was tested last week and the results showed that air quality is still satisfactory.

The officials are now looking for a temporary place to move MacDonald and his administrative assistant. For the new police chief annex, both private and public buildings are under consideration

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Shreveport Memorial Library Faces Mold Issue Again

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 of Shreve Memorial Library, Ronald Heezen, she wrote “I am very concerned about the possible health hazards that both staff and patrons are being exposed to. Additionally, and equally as important, is the deterioration of the collection on the third floor.”

This is not the first time that the library is facing mold problem. The issue goes back to 2007 and the library management has since spent millions for remediation.

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Kanawha County Elementary: Mold Removal


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 August, so next year kids at Mary Ingles Elementary will have a mold-free environment in which to matriculate.

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New Study Links Mold Exposure to Asthma in Middle Aged Adults

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 in their houses reported greater asthma symptoms.

While explaining his study, Burgess said,”The mold exposure that we were talking about is the typical mold that we all see in our homes from time to time, that is, mold that you see in the wet areas of the house, e.g., bathroom, kitchen and laundry…We were not talking about ‘whole-house’ mold infestation that might occur under special circumstances such as following the house being flooded.”

The study puts forth two steps of eradicating mold from homes. Firstly, cleaning it off, and secondly making sure that the rooms are dry and ventilated.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges that household mold should be shed off right away, and water leakages should be fixed to prevent further mold exposure.

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About Mold Removal

Category : Remediation , 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 kill the mold by injecting high output ozone for at least eight hours into each room, attic, basement, crawl space, garage, and into the return air duct of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) while the HVAC is running on fan ventilation to carry the ozone everywhere in the house or building. This is not something a homeowner is normally equipped to do.

If household items, furniture, house contents can be removed to a pod or other enclosed area, that will expedite the process.

After the ozone, a HEPA vacuum should be used to remove as much mold/mold spores as possible.

The storage room should also be ozoned, then the individual furniture pieces HEPA-vacuumed on all surfaces, and then cleaned. A boric acid will do.

Of course, the homeowner can do all this; but we always recommend that an experienced mold remediation person clean up mold unless it’s just minimal household stuff on bathroom tile walls.

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Dear George, Rain soaked our office carpet badly.

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 area (the part you see and including the areas you don’t see) is perfectly dry and disinfected, there is a possibility that infestation could be prevented.

An assessment would compare outdoor mold levels with your indoor mold levels, and indicate if you need remediation. Our Thermal detector can detect conditions favorable to mold growth inside the walls or in other hidden areas where established thriving mold colonies might otherwise be missed. If a true and complete clean up is not completed within a short window of time after flooding, you will be facing severe mold issues in the future.

Unfortunately the smell is a definite indication that the problem has not been solved.