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Questions and Answers

Q. I bought a house in Folsom,  California, last March. The neighbor next door (approx. 10 feet between our houses) has a serious problem with dry rot and fungus growing out of his siding that is getting progressively worse (the side of the home that faces mine). If you just lightly apply pressure to the siding it caves in. It seems the sprinklers spraying directly on the home are what's doing the damage. My question is this - is this a health hazard to me and my family - or just the occupants of the home? We have notified the homeowner of the problem, and he doesn't seem to care. I have tried contacting the health dept. but they advise me unless the property is a rental (which it's not), they cannot do anything about it. Please advise, I am pregnant and have a 1.5 year old son and am very worried. [Nov. 13, 2002]

A. If a pregnant woman lives in a home or apartment which has a serious mold infestation problem, there are at least three potential and serious health threats: (1) mold-induced miscarriage of the unborn child; (2) mold-caused birth defects; and (3) serious health problems of all types for the mother-to-be. After the child is born, if the infant lives in the mold contaminated residence, the child can develop life-threatening medical problems from dangerous molds like Stachybotrys, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and other unhealthy molds. As to your question about living next to a mold-contaminated neighboring house, yes, your present living quarters can be mold infected and mold contaminated with airborne mold spores that are carried by the wind from the moldy siding into your open windows and doors, or through fresh air intakes on central air conditioning.  The next door mold hell can generate large numbers of light, easily airborne mold spores of dangerous mold spores to be carried by winds into your home. Because the property owner chooses to disregard the problem, your first step is to document that your home now has higher than normal levels of unhealthy mold spores. You can do this by hiring a Certified Mold Inspector to do a thorough mold inspection and toxic mold testing. Once you have proof of higher levels of airborne mold spores in your home, hire a lawyer to write a letter to the adjoining property owner to demand mold remediation of both our neighboring home and your home.
 

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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
phil@moldinspector.com. You can also email pictures of your mold problems in jpeg file format as email attachments.
 


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