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Phillip Fry, Blogmaster and Editor
Microbial Indoor Pollution,
posted March 22, 2011. “Microbial pollution
is a key element of
indoor air pollution. It is caused by
hundreds of species of bacteria and fungi, in particular filamentous fungi
(mould), growing indoors when sufficient moisture is available,” noted the
Organization in its report “WHO Guidelines for
Indoor Air Quality:
Dampness and Mould,” published
July 16, 2009.
Indoor mold growth is often caused by these water problems:
basement flooding and water intrusion, clothes dryer and exhaust fans
venting into walls or attic, construction defects, crawl space humidity or
standing water, firewood storage indoors, flooding, high indoor humidity,
humidifiers and vaporizers, lot grading downward to home, high indoor
humidity, inadequate ventilation, indoor plants, overflow from tubs,
showers, sinks, & toilets, shrubs and trees too close, roof leaks, sewage
drain pipe leaks, siding water leaks, water supply pipe leaks, and wet
clothes drying indoors.
What is the Most Dangerous Indoor Mold Species?, posted March
20, 2011. The most dangerous indoor mold species is Stachybotrys
(nickname “Stachy”), which is the famous toxic black mold that can
quickly and permanently destroy brain tissue,
with health consequences very much like suffering from advanced
Alzheimer’s Disease, such as no memory and the mold victim’s inability
to think and reason (or even drive a car!!!).
Stachybotrys spores are rarely airborne unless the Stachy mold growth
has dried and it has been disturbed or jarred and thus thrown into the
air. Stachy grows best in a continually wet environment such as caused
by an on-going plumbing leak inside a
wall, ceiling, or floor building materials.
It was the Stachybotrys-caused permanent and serious health damage to
the Melinda Ballard family and the extensive mold infestation of the
then newly-constructed, million dollar Ballard mansion in Dripping
Springs, Texas, USA, as documented by
CBS network news anchor Dan Rather in his two mold news features on his
top-rated TV magazine show “48 Hours in 1999
and 2000, that woke up both the USA and the world to the dangers of
living in mold infestation.
In 1999, in response to both the "48 Hours" show and to Fry's personal
mold health problems experienced as the consequence
of living in a Mesa, Arizona, home that had hidden mold infestation,
BlogMaster Phillip Fry created his top-ranked mold website
Problem, posted March 17, 2011.
Your Landlord Unconcerned and Uncaring about Your Apartment
or Rental House or Condominium Mold?
If you notice mold growth in your rental apartment or house, or if any
occupants are experiencing health problems that may be mold-caused from
either visible mold or mold infestation hidden inside floors, walls,
ceilings, heating/cooling equipment and ducts, attic, basement, crawl
space, etc., you need to immediately send a legal notice by certified
or registered mail to your landlord about your mold concern and demand
that the landlord immediately take care of the problem safely,
effectively, and immediately. If you don't put your landlord on notice
legally about the mold problem, you cannot expect that the landlord
will take action to fix the mold problem.
As an alternative to
certified or registered mail, you can hand deliver your mold problem
notice to the landlord or his agent provided that you have the notice
recipient sign and date a photocopy of the notice as having been
received by the landlord.
A landlord has a legal obligation to provide an environmentally-safe
living rental unit in consideration of the rent you are paying the
Landlords or rental agents (who own or manage mold-infested rental
properties) may have potential and substantial legal liability to
tenants for such items as mold damage to tenants' health, medical bills
for medical mold testing and treatment, loss of earnings because of
mold problems, mold damage to tenants' clothing and personal effects,
moving expenses, higher rent if tenants need to move to a mold-safe
place, and for the costs of mold inspection, testing, and remediation
of the rental units. You should seek out the advice of an attorney who
specializes in landlord-tenant law or in environmental law. You
also may consider using the
Tenant Notices to
Landlord about Mold that are
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Pay For or Do Your Own Mold Inspection,
posted March 13, 2011. If you need to know the mold truth about a home
or other building you own, or are buying or renting, or are working in,
you need to either pay for or do your own mold inspection and mold
testing. If you rely upon mold inspections done or paid for by a real
estate seller, landlord, or employer, you are not going to really know
the true and actual extent of any mold infestations that may be hidden
inside walls, ceilings, floors, heating/cooling systems, attics,
basements, and crawl spaces.
Mold inspectors work on behalf of whoever is paying their mold
inspection and testing fee. How and where a home or building is mold
inspected and mold tested can make a house or workplace appear to be
mold-safe when the building is really a mold hell. For example, using
one or a few five minute air tests may significantly understate how
serious the mold infestation actually is, compared to much more
reliable and comprehensive surface sampling, with the sampling being of
many surfaces throughout the building, including the bottom duct
surface just inside the air supply registers.
How mold lab results are interpreted is also very crucial for knowing
the mold truth. On March 12, 2011, a California real estate agent
offered to pay me to make a misleading written evaluation of three mold
lab test results in an unusual way that would make the reported high
indoor mold spore counts of the health-dangerous Cladosporium and
Penicillium mold species seem ok to the home buyer who was due to close
on his home purchase on March 14, 2011. Of course, I refused that
Growth, posted March 3, 2011. The number one mold remediation and
mold removal problem is to find mold hidden and growing deep into
building materials, such as drywall and wood, walls, ceilings, floors,
attic, basement, crawl space, heating ventilating and air conditioning
(hvac) equipment and ducts, carpeting, and furnishings and fixtures.
Whether done professionally or do-it-yourself, most mold remediation
efforts fail to make a home or building mold-safe because not all mold
infestation has been discovered and removed.
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