Archive for ◊ December, 2010 ◊

• Wednesday, December 29th, 2010


Written reports analyzing the Phelps County Courthouse and jail for mold, documenting examinations of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning facilities in the courthouse and jail, and advising recommendations of any changes that may be necessary have been commissioned by Phelps County after mold was discovered in county offices.

Fees of the agencies performing the work are estimated to be $5,325.

On Jan. 11 the experts who were hired will be attending the Bertrand village board’s meeting.

Prior to hiring the experts, Emergency Manager Pat Gerdes and Kim Ryan, a public health nurse with Two Rivers Health Department and Terry Krohn, director of Two Rivers Health, spoke to the board regarding the dangers of mold, and suggested cleaning the air conditioning ductwork.

In June 2010 after local flooding, a flood clean up instruction pamphlet including mold instructions was released by the Two Rivers Health Department.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Friday, December 24th, 2010

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You may have seen this before, but winter is the season of respiratory illness. You may be thinking you have a winter flu, when all you’ve got is a mold allergy. Do these symptoms look familiar?

√ Itchy, watery eyes
√ Sneezing
√ Coughing
√ Stuffy or runny nose
√ Wheezing
√ Rash or hives
√ Itchy skin
√ Headache
√ Nose bleeds
√ Breathing disorders
√ Fatigue

Your mileage will vary. You could have one of these symptoms, all of them or none of them.

@ Note: As a home remedy, consuming local honey can help. A small concentration of spores may reside in honey, enabling your body to develop a natural immunity. On the other hand, this is the reason that honey is NEVER given to babies.

But no matter what your symptoms are, if mold is part of your health problem, then you know what we’re going to say.

  1. Repair all leaks including those in roofs, windows and pipes.
  2. Control the moisture in your residence.
  3. Keep humidity levels between 40 percent and 60 percent.
  4. Use a dehumidifier if necessary.
  5. Get an inspection to pin down what kind of mold is affecting you

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

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• Friday, December 24th, 2010

Christina Hood who went to court about her medical problems stemming, she believes, from mold exposure at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Suffolk Virginia, sued for 1.5 million in damages.

Her case was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson, who granted the school board’s motion to dismiss. The school board believes the extent of their compassion need go no further than the times they had the room cleaned, and the humidifier they let her put in the classroom to combat her itchy and irritated eyes, a rash, sinusitis and bronchitis that were caused by mold exposure. In typical you-can’t-win fashion, the school’s other solution was to offer to move her to a position she wasn’t licensed for. How’s that for generous? They don’t seem to deny the mold was there, just that they did enough to deal with it.

Mold cases can be tough to win, even when the mold makes you sick, and even when it is documented.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Cold weather mold?

Watch out for it. Let’s say you’re huddled around the heater–all that hot dry air. It may be causing your asthma to flare up. Along with that warm air circulating, without filtration, you may be breathing in dust, spores, and other asthma triggers. Also, the abrupt change of temperature, going from warm air to cold air, or the reverse–can also trigger asthma. Bear in mind keeping in all that warmth in air tight houses also keeps in the dust and mold spores. Indoor air quality may lessen as the winter passes, chiefly again because of air tight homes. In fact, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers is aware that sustainability and energy security together will mean higher levels of insulation; and higher levels of insulation mean lower drying potentials, creating more of a mold risk, which will of course, be hanging around in winter, just waiting to irritate your asthma.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Sunday, December 05th, 2010

According to the experiences of Angela Cupi, and Suzanne Anderson, Summit View Elementary School may be under siege by mold. Or at least these two teachers are convinced that the mold in their classroom is related to their illnesses. Parents complained of students who experienced migraines, upset stomach, fevers, chills and would vomit. Cupis had severe headaches, 105 degree fever, chills, respiratory infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Anderson who has mold allergies had respiratory symtoms. However it appears now that the school will be taking care of the problems; if not, there will certainly be some repercussions. But not for Cuposm who teaches elsewhere.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Friday, December 03rd, 2010

On December 12, Savannah Fire & Emergency Services (station 7), near the intersection of Sallie Mood and Eisenhower drives, is shutting down for remediation. This is the third fire station requiring mold remediation in two years. Savannah Fire stations No. 5 at 6 Henry St., and No. 11, at 931 Mohawk St. were both heavily contaminated with mold, and although they were both judged clean in May 2009 inspections, the two stations will be moving to new buildings once they are built.

Mold was found at the station and the building is closed to the public for remediation. In station7, a concentration of mold was found in ceiling tiles, the source being a water leak from an upper level dormitory air conditioning duct. The ductwork has already been repaired. Three quotes were offered for remediators. Fire fighters complain of a lack of maintenance in fire facilities and urges Savanna gov’t to improve their maintenance plans.

If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.

• Friday, December 03rd, 2010

Remember, don’t overfill the water for the tree. Spillage may feed mold!

• Thursday, December 02nd, 2010

The basement of the Moses Building, used by Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Department, is dealing with the results of long term water leakage and a sewage problem. The mold problem has displaced 50 employees from the basement. The 50 are now working all over Pittsylvania although files are still stored in the contaminated area, causing allergic reactions in Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Department employees.


If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.