Mold: Evicting the Unwelcome Houseguest

Woman Cleaning MoldHave you noticed a strange pungent odor in your home lately? Perhaps you have been coughing, sneezing, or suffering from other allergy-related symptoms and can’t find the trigger? These can all be signs that your home has a mold problem. Before you condemn your home and call a demolition crew, here are a few tips for identifying a mold problem, treating it, and avoiding future issues.

Most mold experts agree that small amounts of mold are present in every home. However, large amounts of mold can cause hay fever symptoms and be particularly irritating to people with allergies, immune suppression, and asthma, according to the CDC.

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Health Advice for Hurricane Ike Evacuees

As Hurricane Ike evacuees return home and begin to rebuild their communities, they will encounter various environmental health hazards including mold, contaminated soil, infections, and respiratory ills.

Speaking to Galveston County Daily News, Dr. Scott Weaver points out that organisms living in soil contaminated by human waste can be easily transmitted from hand to mouth; these germs can lead to Hepatitis A, tetanus, or other infections. He advises that people should avoid touching their mouth and eyes and wear rubber boots and gloves. Anyone involved in extensive clean up efforts should get a tetanus shot to be safe. You can also order special disinfectants to clean up areas damaged by flooding. Continue reading…

Midwest Flood Water Damages Homes & Businesses

The great floods of June 2008 ravaged the Midwest, destroying thousands of homes and businesses. Many homes are still under water, and many residents are still homeless.

FEMA employee Jim Segar has been reporting on the damage for The Barre Montpelier Times Argus. On July 7, Segar wrote, “There are 1.5 million people affected in Illinois with 18 counties declared disaster areas by FEMA. This region received over 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Many homes in the northern section of Illinois are still under water. Continue reading…