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        Q. I have a single story brick ranch home in a western suburb of Detroit, and have discovered a great deal of mold growth in my attic area yesterday, Saturday, while I was doing some minor wire rerouting. The roof was redone in the summer of 2000 by a pro contractor.  The underside of the roof sheathing is covered with a solid black covering of mold.  I estimate at least 1000 sq. ft. I have had excellent health all my life and about a year ago I started getting sick and ended up in the hospital with pneumonia.  I have coughed and been ill for about a year and 3 months now.  I have discovered I have a liver infection and lung disease.  I have never smoked.  I am only getting about 45% of the value of the air I breathe.  I have occasionally had sinus problems but this last year it never seems to clear up.  I have also had some skin problems I never had before. I am not sure if the health is part of the mold etc.  Up until a few months ago I never thought about mold as a health problem. Many of the sheets of plywood on the roof were replaced and it appears that the contractor did something wrong because the under surface is moist and wet.  All nails protruding are wet. Any suggestions for dealing with building materials that are covered by mold? [Nov. 25, 2002]
       A. In view of the large amount of visible mold covering and your serious recent possible mold health problems, your first step is to move temporarily so healthy, mold-free living quarters. Each hour and day you live in mold infestation further endangers your and your family's health. Second, you need to be concerned about the possible spread of the mold growth covering into your ceilings and walls beneath the attic, and to the spread of easily airborne mold spores throughout the entire home. To know the true extent of your mold cover problem, you need to hire a Certified Mold Inspector to do a thorough physical examination of your home, including inside walls and ceilings and hvac [for mold growing inside heating, air conditioning, and ventilating ducts and equipment], plus extensive mold testing through out the home. Third, based on the results of the careful physical mold examination and mold sampling mold laboratory analysis, you need to have both the visible mold and any hidden mold contamination effectively and completely removed from your home. 

      Q. I recently moved back to the United States from abroad. All of my furnishings arrived at my house, after over 1 month in transit via cargo ship, seriously infected with Mold. All of the sofas and cushions, rugs and wood furniture had several moldy, green blotches. The furniture was unloaded with out our realization and put in place for just over 24 hours before we had the moving company take it all out of the house to be treated at a remediation facility. How at risk is the house now considering that mold was not a problem before we purchased it and we never had a mold problem on our furniture during our stay abroad. [Feb. 26, 2002]
       
A.  Mold cross-contamination is very likely from your moldy home furniture and home furnishings to the air inside your home, and [through the air] to mold contaminate your entire home and home hvac [heating, ventilating, and air conditioning] equipment and ducts. Your first step is to hire a Certified Mold Inspector to thoroughly inspect and most test your home for the presence of elevated levels of unhealthy mold spores. If the mold physical examination and mold testing reveal that, indeed, you do have a current mold infestation problem, it is much less costly and much more effective to have your home mold remediated now at the beginning of the problem, rather than after the mold has taken over your home.

       Q. I have a serious problem with mold and mildew in my bathroom. My bathroom does not have a any windows. But, it does have a vent on the wall. The mold and mildew are located on my ceiling. I have tried cleaning out the mold and mildew with clorox,  pine sol, and other chemical agents. I also brought a special paint that was support to block out the mold and mildew. It didn't work. The mold and mild ate it way through the paint. I just don't know what else I can do to remove this mold growth. Maybe you can suggest other mold remediation way that I might be able to use to resolve this mold problem. [Dec. 14, 2002]
     
A. Please note that clorox, pine sol, and alleged mold-killing paint are not effective for killing mold. Read why bleach is not good for killing mold on porous surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and other building materials at Bleach and Mold. Because mold problems directly result from water or moisture problems, your first step is to locate the water source for the mold growth and fix the water leak or water intrusion problem. You can start by buying a digital hygrometer [about $30] from Home Depot, Lowe's, or a major hardware store. Use your hygrometer to check over several days the humidity level in the bathroom and in other areas of your house [including attic, basement, and any crawl space].  If the humidity level is over 50%, you may have enough air moisture to facilitate mold growth. The higher the humidity above 50%, the greater your potential mold problem.  Your ideal room humidity level is 30 to 40%.  You may need to install a bigger and better vent fan in the bathroom [and run it longer] to reduce your bathroom humidity to a safe level. If the humidity level is not a problem, you need to inspect inside the bathroom floor, ceiling, and walls for the possibility of an interior water leak and interior mold growth. Read more about mold inspection and mold testing by visiting: Mold Inspection. Read the 25 steps for safe and effective Mold Remediation.

Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Solutions

Phil can help you fix your own property’s mold problems at low-cost, more safely, and better-in- results than what is done by many mold inspectors and mold contractors.  How can Phil help you?

     1. Read Phil’s five plain-English,
mold advice books to master mold inspection, testing, removal, remediation, and prevention for your house, condo, apartment, office,  or workplace.

     2. Buy do-it-yourself, affordable mold test kits, mold lab analysis, video inspection scope, mold cleaner, and mold killer, for the  successful toxic and household mold inspection, mold testing, mold species identification and quantification, mold cleaning, mold removal, and mold remediation to find mold, kill mold, clean mold, and remove mold from your residence or commercial building.

     3. Get FREE mold advice, mold help, and/or answers to your mold questions, by emailing mold expert Phillip Fry at
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