Mold

As New Jersey recovers and rebuilds from Superstorm Sandy, mold and its remediation may become a significant issue for many residents in Cape May County. Molds can cause staining of walls and ceilings and can affect building components causing property damage.

Mold Exposure
Exposure to mold can cause:
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Eye irritation
  • Nasal and throat irritation
  • Skin irritation
Unfortunately, it is not known how much mold is needed to cause health problems. Also, there are no standards, regulations or guidelines to base a health determination or exposure.

It is important to remember, that individuals should consult their physician if they suspect they are experiencing health effects resulting from mold exposure. Individuals at highest risk include those who have a pre-existing health condition such as:
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Lung conditions
Very young infants and the elderly may also be at an increased risk.

Remediation
The Cape May County Department of Health strongly recommends that corrective actions and remediation steps need to be taken to address mold conditions immediately. Remediation is necessary to prevent further property damage and prevent further exposures. Specific steps have been outlined by the USEPA to remediate mold contamination. These include:
  • Ensuring the area is completely dry before performing any renovation or construction work
  • Identifying and correcting the source of moisture
  • Removing and/or cleaning mold contaminated materials
  • Removing the mold
The USEPA also notes that it is important not only to kill the mold but to also clean it up since even dead mold remains allergenic.

Mold Training
To further address the issue of mold, the New Jersey Department of Health has provided UMDNJ-School of Public Health with a $125,000 grant to provide free training on mold assessment and removal for homeowners, volunteers and public health and building code officials. There will be 25 classes for homeowners and volunteers and 10 classes held for public health and building code officials. Through these classes, UMDNJ expects to train 1,000 homeowners and volunteers and 500 public health and building code officials.

Classes for public health and building code officials begin this month and registration information is posted on the New Jersey Learning Management Network website.

In addition, mold remediation information can be found at the following websites:
References
  • Mold Remediation in Schools and Public Buildings
  • USEPA-Office of Air & Radiation, Indoor Environments Division, EPA 402-K-01-001, March 2001. Mold in My Home: What Should I Do?, California Department of Health Services, Indoor Air Quality Info Sheet, July 2001.
Mold Remediation Firms
View our resource directory to find mold remediation firms. This listing is being provided as a service to New Jersey residents.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) does not endorse or qualify the services of these companies. These companies have been surveyed and have stated that they perform mold remediation services in residential settings. Please contact the NJDHSS at 609-588- 3120 for any question or comments on the listing.