Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 20, 1998 · Page 18
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 18

Ukiah, California
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Friday, March 20, 1998
Page 18
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2—FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1998 ON THE MARKET WATER DAMAGE Respond quickly to prevent secondary problems By NANCY G. SIMPSON Environmental consultant T he Center for Disease Control and Prevention concluded a study in 1997 of a cluster of infant deaths from a rare disease in Cleveland, Ohio. The previously health infants died of spontaneous acute lung hemorrhage and all of hem lived in homes where major water damage had iccurred in the previous ;nonth. Air samples taken from the houses where the deaths occurred revealed microscopic particles of Stachybotrys atra, a toxi- genic fungus that has been implicated in gastrointestinal hemorrhaging in animals that eat moldy grain. Subsequently the city of Cleveland designed a pre- enlion program focusing n* prompt clean up of loldy materials in water- amaged homes. Water damage to buildings whether from roof leaks or flooding needs to he addressed quickly in >rder to prevent the growth of molds, mildew, and fungi in building materials, household furnishings, personal possessions, attics and crawlspaces, and heating systems. Fungi are a normal and important part of our environment. Given the right conditions, 70 percent humidity for 24 hours, they reproduce quickly forming colonies of spores that are designed for airborne distribution. Mold toxins or mycotoxins, produced by molds both inside and on the surface of the spores, are harmful whether the mold is dead or alive. Strong odors signal danger to your health. That strong familiar odor has a chemical name: Microbal Volatile Organic Compounds. MVOC's are composed of: alcohols, ketones, hydrocarbons, and aromatics. These odors can be absorbed by porous materials and released over time. People are exposed to the mycotoxin of molds through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. A mold damaged building is not a healthy environment. Significant health problems including acute and chronic diseases are associated with exposure to moldy odors. Allergic responses may be burning eyes, runny nose and sore throat or excessive colds and flu from a lowered immune system response. Debilitating chronic lung diseases such as mold- induced asthma, lung infections with aspergillus, reactive airway disease, and hypersensitivity pneu- monities may result. Some individuals are especially at risk for developing these conditions: the elderly with compromised immune systems, AIDS and cancer patients, individuals recovering from surgery or extended sickness, individuals with respiratory problems and especially infants under the age of two. Anyone who is in a high risk category should leave the damaged building until remediation measures are completed. There are basically three classifications of water that will expose your building .to damage: black water: biohazardous sewage backup or flooded river water; gray water: waste from kitchen and bathroom sinks and showers. After 24 hours, gray water turns "black"; white water: uncontaminated water from rain or plumbing leaks. If the building was exposed to black water contamination, it is necessary to conduct environmental monitor- ^=== International). ASCR member directory listings in Northern California can be reached by calling l- 800-272-7012 or on their web site at If you are a business with employees' health to consider or if you are filing an insurance claim, professional documentation is essential. Protective safety gear such as gloves, boots, and a respirator need to be used by anyone in contact with materials damaged by flooded river water. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross will provide you with a free publication Repairing you Flooded Home (ARC 4477). If you are responding to uncontaminated water damage to your home, there are some basic guidelines to follow. •Respond quickly to See WATER, Page 8 ing, remove contaminated material and disinfect the area with biocides. This work is best done by flood restoration specialists who are affiliated with the industry trade association: Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration (ASCR See Us for the Financing We Want to Say "Yes" • Purchase • Construction • Refinancing • Home Equity Loans • First-time Home Buyers Program Savings Bank OF MENDOCINO COUNTY (707) 462-6613 A Full Service Community Bank Member FDIC UKIAH 444 N. STATE STREET 462-5400 COLDUietL WILLITS 1460 S. MAIN STREET 459-5389 OPEN HOUSE • SUNDAY 1:30 - 3:30 475 ZINFANDEL DRIVE 3 bedroom 2 bath with family rm. Rear yard access for boat or RV parking. 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It, 4 bd home located on private, 1.15+/- acre. Oak Mooring, timed sprinklers, woodstove in lamily rm, fireplace in living rm, upstairs loft, fenced hot tub area, JeHer's pool. Very private setting, gorgeous kitchen, oak & tile, MUST SEE! JUST LISTED1I! Delightful mobile home located in this quiet, restful, perfect for seniors mobile home park. This thoughtfully designed home features 2 bedrooms. 2 baths, living/dining room combo, kitchen with skylight and breakfast bar, family room, lots ol storage. Only $53,500. Situated on large lot, with backyard deck, front porch and sprinklers in the front and rear. Large kitchen with newer cabinets and dining area ONLY $121,500 , E Terrific Westside location lor this adorable 2 bed. 1 ba. home. Fenced rear yard w/garden and patio area Jerry McCarn 468-3882 Pat Williams 468-8634 Herri Vau 485-8254 Joe Blake 459-8698 Betty Bullard 462-6865 Jaime Garcia 468-5961 Elma Hart 468-5214 Michael Jacobs 468-1200 Don Kelly .......463-3720 ™ 1 ? A ? 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