Fight Mold

first_imgHurricane Irma had slowed down to a tropical storm by the time she reached Georgia, reducing the amount of expected structural damage to homes. Flood waters still may have left behind a sneaky and dangerous after-effect: mold.“Heavy rains can produce an explosion of mold. Molds produce spores that spread through the air and form new mold growths or colonies when the conditions are right,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert Pamela Turner. “Mold is all around us. It can grow on any organic material, as long as there are moisture and oxygen. Molds are types of fungi and all fungi need moisture to live.”The key to controlling mold and mold spores is to control the moisture and do it quickly, according to Turner, a housing and environment specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. New mold colonies can form in as little as two to three days.Mold can cause fungal allergy and respiratory infections or worsen certain illnesses like asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“Clean any damp or wet materials and furnishings within 24 to 48 hours of the water damage,” Turner said. “Porous materials like carpet, wood and ceiling tiles may need to be discarded. Non-porous materials made from metal, solid wood or plastic can be cleaned with detergent and water and then dried completely.”To treat mold, Turner recommends following these steps from UGA Extension:Wear protective gear during clean up. Reduce skin exposure by wearing gloves, long sleeves, long pants and sturdy shoes. Protect eyes by wearing goggles. To avoid breathing spores or fragments, wear a respirator rated N95 or higher.Isolate work areas and ventilate these areas to the outdoors. Cleaning disturbs mold colonies, which can release spores into the air. Seal off the areas being cleaned. Open windows, but do not run the air conditioner during cleanup.Remove and discard moldy materials. Throw out porous or contaminated materials like carpeting, carpet padding, mattresses and paper products. Cut away, dispose of and replace wet wallboard and insulation. Wash textile products. To reduce the release of mold spores, cover moldy material with plastic sheeting before removing them from your house.Clean all surfaces with a damp sponge or cloth and a mild detergent. You do not need to use bleach or a disinfectant.Flush the air. After cleaning and disinfecting, air out the space using fans in windows.Dry the area as quickly as possible. Once the area has been cleaned and the air flushed, close the windows and use air conditioning, fans and a dehumidifier to speed the drying process.Remain on mold alert. Continue looking for signs of moisture or new mold growth.“Most small areas of mold – those less than 10 square feet – can be cleaned without hiring a professional, but care should be taken to reduce health risks,” Turner said. “UGA Extension does not provide or recommend mold testing. There are some professional labs that offer this service. Testing will give you the name of the mold, but your time and money are better spent fixing the problem.”To prevent mold from growing in your house in the future, UGA Extension experts suggest following these steps to reduce moisture levels in your house.Turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom when you take a shower and leave it on for about 5 minutes after you shower.Turn on the kitchen exhaust fan when you are cooking.Check and repair any leaky kitchen and bathroom faucets as well as other plumbing.Remove at least one-third of the contents of your closets to provide increased airflow and reduce the risk of mold. Install a louvered door on closets or keep closet doors open.Purchase a humidistat to monitor the relative humidity inside your house. (In areas with high humidity, like Georgia, keep the indoor level below 60 percent.)Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.Make sure water does not pool around the foundation of your house.If it does, clean, repair or replace gutters and make sure downspouts direct the water away from the foundation. Also, check the grading of the soil around the foundation of your house. It should have a gradual slope away from the foundation.For more information, visit the UGA Extension website at fcs.uga.edu/extension/mold-safety.last_img read more

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Man City legend Yaya Toure targets Serie A club

first_imgManchester City legend Yaya Toure is not ready to head into retirement just yet, with the 37-year-old stating his desire to take on a fresh challenge in Serie A. The former Monaco and Barcelona midfielder has been a free agent since severing ties with Chinese outfit Qingdao Huanghai in January – with a brief spell taken in training with League Two side Leyton Orient . He concedes that the end of a distinguished playing career is fast approaching, but feels he still has “one or two seasons” left in him. Toure believes they can be spent at the highest level, with a move to Italy holding plenty of appeal. The Ivorian has generated interest from the likes of Inter in the past, when at the peak of his powers, but has never graced the Italian top flight. He hopes to change that before hanging up his boots, with an open invitation being sent to any potential suitors. Toure told Tuttomercatoweb : “My career won’t go on forever, but I know that I have another one or two seasons left in me.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Afford12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Docenter_img “I didn’t realise how much I’d miss playing football. I miss the energy, the locker room, the team spirit and the feeling you get when you win games. “I am studying to get my coaching badges, but I have a lifetime ahead of me to try that avenue. If I stop playing now, when I still feel in good shape, I’ll always regret it.” He added: “I’d like to play in Italy, as I’ve never played there before, but maybe also in France or England, where I have great memories. I’d be ready for any challenge Serie A puts in front of me. “It’s not about money. This is about football. I want to play because I know that I can still play.” Toure said of previous links to teams in Serie A: “When Roberto Mancini was at Inter and I was playing for Manchester City, it’s true there was an approach, but then things went in another direction.” A man with 101 international caps to his name spent eight memorable years at City between 2010 and 2018, winning three Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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USC student dies in off-campus shooting

first_imgCBSCA sent a statement to its mailing list about McElhaney’s death Sunday afternoon. Peter Erskine, the director of Drumset Studies at Thornton and one of McElhaney’s instructors, said McElhaney was an active participant at the school in an email statement to the Daily Trojan. Austin wrote in her email that students will be informed of memorial plans as information becomes available. “Victor was a son of Oakland,” his mother, Oakland District 3 Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney, wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “He was a musician who drew his inspiration from the beat, soul, and sound of the Town and he belonged in every nook and cranny of Oakland.” McElhaney was part of the Jazz Studies program at Thornton, and he was interested in the relationship between music and social and political movements, Austin said. He was also dedicated to community service — he was a mentor for young musicians and taught at the Oakland Public Conversatory of Music, the email read. An LAPD investigation into the matter is ongoing, and no arrests have been made as of Sunday. “Whether it was through his music or through his conversation, he challenged others and himself to think outside of the box,” the CBCSA email read. “He believed in the power of music to touch lives, to heal and to bring hope,” the email read. McElhaney transferred to USC from California State University, East Bay in 2017. Beyond music, he was also involved at the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs at USC, Austin’s email read. Victor McElhaney, a senior studying music at the Thornton School of Music, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 21.   “We are beginning a new chapter in this reoccurring circle of violence,” she wrote in her statement. “And it will take all of us together to make it through this tragedy.” As of Wednesday morning, the page has raised over $40,000, surpassing its original $30,000 fundraising goal. It now has a $50,000 goal. Donations included a $10,000 contribution from the Oakland Athletics, according to the GoFundMe page. “Funds will be used to assist the McElhaney Family with final arrangements and a memorial concert in honor of Victor McElhaney and the families of victims of gun violence,” the GoFundMe page said. As a councilwoman, McElhaney’s mother has actively fought gun violence in Oakland. She helped pass laws like Measure Z, a public safety initiative that funded prevention strategies against gun violence, according to the City of Oakland’s website. “Victor was already playing at a professional level when he came to USC,” Erskine said. “His audition was a welcome breath of fresh air — he had the touch, the feel and the musical understanding of a seasoned jazz musician … Victor was always the first to volunteer to play in any group class.” Interim President Wanda Austin sent a memo informing the USC community of McElhaney’s death. Austin offered her condolences to his friends and family in her email. McElhaney was approached by three to four suspects around 12:24 a.m. Sunday during a possible failed robbery attempt at Maple Ave. and Adams Blvd., the Los Angeles Police Department said. One of the suspects shot McElhaney, and the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. McElhaney was taken to a hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department shortly thereafter, where he died later that morning, according to the LAPD. The Berkeley organization Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency created a GoFundMe fundraising page on behalf of McElhaney’s family on Monday, according to the GoFundMe site. The organization is a non profit that fights homelessness and community violence in the East Bay.last_img read more

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