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New Mold Classes Scheduled

Abita Springs, LA January 11, 2018 NORMI announced today that for the first quarter of 2018, mold classes are being held in a variety of onsite locations for both private companies and the local professionals.  These classes feature the propriety concurrent training approach assembling assessors and remediators in the same classroom and some are specifically […]


NORMI Knows Mold

September 22, 2017 Abita Springs, LA Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, held a FREE public seminar in Treasure Island, FL on Wednesday night helping property owners understand how to protect themselves for the health problems associated with mold.  Prior to the seminar, Fox 13 News Tampa […]



Abita Springs, LA “I was able to ask questions specific to my business, touch the tools and connect with other professionals who could supplement what I don’t do.  It was a great way to build a team.” “It was worth the investment.  Yes, I had to spend a couple of nights in a hotel but […]


NORMI Water Classes Will Change Your Business!

Abita Springs, LA NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors, announces a brand-new direction for mold professionals.  Water extraction and drying classes are now a part of the onsite training program offered to mold professionals, both assessors and remediators.  The classes are designed to educate anyone who does emergency drying or water losses […]


Ask a Mold Expert: What Do I Use to Kill Mold on a Roof?

We often get some very interesting questions from our members, and others in the building and construction community. We recently were posed one that we believe would be helpful for the public. A roofing contractor recently sent us this message: “I saw your article about sodium hypochlorite not killing mold on asphalt roofing by Doug Hoffman. I […]


Salem VA Cited for Mold Exposure

REPRINT from Source: Roanoke Times 03/28/2017 A federal workplace safety agency has cited the Salem VA Medical Center for a serious violation for allowing employees to be exposed to indoor mold, thereby creating unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections of Building 75 at the Department of Veterans Affairs […]


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Paper Checks Hotels for Mold, Bacteria

Some local hotels invest in making rooms more breathable, including wallpaper that helps prevent mildew.

A Wall Street Journal report

The Wall Street Journal recently took a random sample of air quality at hotels.

Armed with petri dishes, Journal reporters spent two nights at nine hotels and placed dishes at three locations in each room - by the air conditioner, by the window, and in the bathroom.

The Journal then hired an accredited lab to count bacteria and mold growth in the dishes.

The results? Four of nine hotels has higher bacteria counts in at least one dish than what the Journal's lab says you'd find in a typical surburban home. Mold counts were high too, high enough that allergy sufferers might notice in for of the hotels.

The lab results also showed that air quality isn't necessarily any better in luxury hotels; on some dishes, mid-range hotel scored about as well as or better than the ritzy Delano in Miami or the Four Seasons in Seattle.

Older hotels didn't have higher counts either, including Chicago's 79-year-old Drake Hotel, which had the lowest numbers overall.

And don't assume mold is more of a problem in hotels in humid cities: Houston's Hyatt Regency had the third-lowest mold count.

Not that the hotels agreed with the Journal's conclusions.

At the Sheraton Newark Airport, a spokesman said mold has "never been a problem" despite growth found by the Journal. And Holiday Inn, calling the experiment "too simple and incomplete," conducted its own tests, finding its bacteria and fungi levels "would not be anticipated to cause adverse health effects in normal, healthy individuals."

Indeed, some scientists interviewed by the Journal disagreed over what levels of mold and bacteria constitute a health hazard.

Though most travelers never experience any problems, a surprising number of guests say they feel worse when they wake up.

The typical symptoms: "Sore throat, headaches, burning eyes," describes Christine Oliver, an environmental physician at Harvard Medical School, who specializes in treating patients with mold allergies and chemical sensitivities.

Spending one night in a hotel, Oliver says, obviously isn't a matter of life or death - "but it's the kind of thing that can make you miserable that night."

Hotels steadily circulate a certain amount of fresh air inside based on the number of guests. Even though all air is screened through filters, everything from common molds to bacteria can seep or stay in, hiding behind wallpaper or in cooling systems.

Then there are "volatile organic compounds" - a broad category including everything from room cleaning solvents to fumes from new carpets and furniture.

What's more, many hotels also use ozone-generated devices that cloak smoke and musty smells - but leave other contaminants.

Nationwide, as many as 50 million Americans - about 20 percent of the population - suffer from allergies, according to the National Institutes of Health; closely related, asthma rates have nearly doubled since 1980, now afflicting more than 15 million Americans.

"It's a no-brainer," he says, "Vinyl doesn't breathe."


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