Many home owners understand that toxic mold is dangerous but assume it grows at a snail’s pace and stays localized. A story out of New Brunswick this week illustrates why that isn’t true and why swift mold removal is imperative.
The Mill Cove Nursing Home was scheduled for a new, $23-million rebuild to happen next summer but a major mold outbreak has delayed the project. While they await the new building, seniors and staff at Mill Cove are struggling to deal with the effects caused by the mold. The New Brunswick government now has to delay the future to focus on fixing the problems with the present home (not to mention Grand Manan, another nursing home in N.B. plagued by mold).
The mold outbreak started in the building’s storage area. It’s not a surprise, as any certified mold inspector will tell you that moist, dank areas like basements or storage rooms are common breeding grounds for mold spores.
But the key lesson lies in what happened next. The real problem at Mill Cove was that the mold spread through the walls and into the adjoining wing. It caused numerous health problems for residents and staffers that were “mostly respiratory, a lot of difficulty breathing, coughing, runny nose, people with congestion and headaches, sore eyes and people missing work quite a bit,” explained Nancy Kierstead, Mill Cove’s director of nursing, to CBS News this week.
The problem wouldn’t have been nearly as serious if the home had professionals perform a mold detection process. The pros would have snuffed out the problem in the storage room and eliminated it permanently, preventing the spores from spreading at all.
Let Mill Cove’s story be a lesson to all home or business owners out there. Mold in a seemingly harmless place is still dangerous. If you find yourself saying “It’s only in the basement and I’m never down there,” – stop! Understand that toxic mold is a living thing that spreads. Take the right steps to destroy it.
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