The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health

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JHU Press, Apr 7, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 214 pages
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The image was shocking: a couple wearing protective suits and masks in their own home! The accompanying USA Weekend story documented the mold-related headaches, fatigue, and respiratory problems that forced Melinda Ballard and Ron Allison to abandon their dream house, leaving all their possessions behind. Another family was so terrified that they had their mold-filled house torn down.

Mold growth threatens property managers and builders, as well as home owners and renters. Legal settlements in some mold cases have reached the millions, and home insurance rates are skyrocketing. Some people argue that mold concerns are exaggerated; others are convinced that mold growth is destroying their health.

In The Mold Survival Guide, a prominent indoor air quality professional teams up with a writing specialist to describe mold, to explain where and why it flourishes in homes, and to offer advice on how to eradicate mold while minimizing health risks. The book includes a chapter by two physicians who explain how exposure to mold can affect health.

With clear scientific explanations and expert advice, The Mold Survival Guide is a valuable resource for anyone worried about a common household problem that can have serious consequences.

 

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A problem facing homeowners everywhere, mold can form in basements, attics, living rooms, bedrooms, walls, ceilings, floors, and heating and cooling systems, both inside and outside of the house ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PART ITHE WORLD OF MOLD
Chapter 1THE INDISPENSABLE KINGDOM OF FUNGI
Chapter 2WATERING MOLD AND SPREADING SPORES
Chapter 3HOW MOLD AFFECTS OUR HEALTH
Chapter 4MOLD WAGES BATTLE Then and Now
PART IITHE SEARCH FOR MOLD
Chapter 7THE SPACES WE LIVE IN
Chapter 8THE SPACES WE DONT LIVE IN
Chapter 9TESTING FOR MOLD
PART IIITHE CLEANUP
Chapter 10SMALLSCALE CLEANUP JOBS
Chapter 11PROFESSIONAL REMEDIATION
CONCLUSION
RESOURCE GUIDE

Chapter 5WHAT LURKS BELOW
Chapter 6MOLD IN THE MECHANICALS

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Jeffrey C. May's company May Indoor Air Investigations LLC, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializes in identifying the causes of mold, odor, and moisture problems in homes, schools, and offices. He lectures nationally on indoor air quality and is the author of My House Is Killing Me! The Home Guide for Families with Allergies and Asthma, and My Office is Killing Me! The Sick Building Survival Guide, both published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Connie L. May was an English teacher and school administrator before joining May Indoor Air Investigations, LLC. She is co-author of the textbook series From Thought to Action.

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