Jeff May's Healthy Home Tips: A Workbook for Detecting, Diagnosing, and Eliminating Pesky Pests, Stinky Stenches, Musty Mold, and Other Aggravating Home Problems

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Designed for people concerned about the air quality in their home, this step-by-step guide covers the nooks and crannies of indoor air pollution?from what to look for to how to fix it. Jeffrey May and his wife, Connie May, draw from their professional expertise and previous books? My House Is Killing Me!, My Office Is Killing Me!, and The Mold Survival Guide?to create a friendly, easy-to-use workbook complete with mini-case studies, diagnostic exercises, illustrations, and ...

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Overview

Designed for people concerned about the air quality in their home, this step-by-step guide covers the nooks and crannies of indoor air pollution—from what to look for to how to fix it. Jeffrey May and his wife, Connie May, draw from their professional expertise and previous books— My House Is Killing Me!, My Office Is Killing Me!, and The Mold Survival Guide—to create a friendly, easy-to-use workbook complete with mini-case studies, diagnostic exercises, illustrations, and recommendations.

The Mays describe the health problems that can be caused or exacerbated by such airborne contaminants as fungi, mold, mildew, moisture, and odor. Their warmth, humor, and conversational banter are welcome antidotes to the scare tactics of unsavory remediators; Jeff and Connie give people the knowledge they need to address serious problems without getting ripped off.

Readers can check visual symptoms of their home's problems using the book's illustrations and photographs; get easy-to-follow instructions in diagnosing, addressing, and monitoring problems; find out whether professional help is needed; get advice on choosing the right professional; and consult thorough resource sections for further information and assistance.

From waterproofing basements to checking home heating and cooling systems for leaks and contaminants, Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips helps renters and homeowners alike make sure that their homes are clean and healthy places to live.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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Accessible language, step-by-step instructions, and clear, identifying diagrams and photos.

WebMD - Paul Enright

If your nose gets congested, you develop a sinus headache, or your asthma often gets worse after an hour or two at home or at work, buy one of Jeff's books to find the cause and a way to fix it (and he didn't pay me to say this).

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If your nose gets congested, you develop a sinus headache, or your asthma often gets worse after an hour or two at home or at work, buy one of Jeff's books to find the cause and a way to fix it (and he didn't pay me to say this).

— Paul Enright, MD

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Does your bedroom smell funny? Do your eyes water every time the air conditioning comes on? May, author of numerous indoor environmental books, notably, My House Is Killing Me, returns to the topic with his wife as coauthor. Arranged generally, this workbook aims to help you figure out what's making you sick around the home, offering checklists and space for personal notation. The lists of dos and don'ts are simple and to the point, with some references to additional resources given. This book is not intended to walk you through how to do repairs, though there are instructions on cleaning up issues. Covering mold, pets, and other toxicity problems, the advice and tips are excellent. This information should be in every public library. Strongly recommended.


—Karen Ellis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801888458
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey C. May is a certified indoor air quality professional (CIAQP) who has investigated moisture, mold, odor, indoor air quality, and paint failure problems in thousand of buildings across the United States. He is the principal scientist at May Indoor Air Investigations LLC and the author of My House Is Killing Me!, My Office Is Killing Me!, and The Mold Survival Guide, all published by Johns Hopkins. His wife, Connie L. May, was an English teacher and school administrator before joining May Indoor Air Investigations LLC. She is a coauthor of the textbook series From Thought to Action, and she coauthored The Mold Survival Guide.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Mold, Mildew, and You     7
Mold, Inside and Out     11
My Basement     12
A Crawl Space under the House     13
An Unfinished Basement     18
A Finished Basement     22
Mositure Control at the Exterior     26
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     29
My Attic     33
Inspections     33
Moisture Control     34
Pipes     38
Repairs     38
Storage     38
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     39
The Rooms in Between     42
Musty Odors     43
Rooms with Water     44
Rooms without Water     49
Soot, Not Mold     53
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     54
Floods and Leaks     57
Floods     57
Insurance     59
Leaks     59
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     61
The Garage     63
Heating and Cooling Systems     66
Air Conveyance Systems     68
Other Kinds of Heating Systems     74
Humidification     75
Central Dehumidification     77
Hot-Water Heaters     77
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     78
Property I Want to Buy or Rent     81
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     83
Hotels and Automobiles     85
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     87
Outside the Building     89
Confirmation and Remediation     93
Testing for Mold     93
Testing on My Own     94
Hiring Professionals to Test     95
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     95
Cleaning it Up Myself     98
Bathrooms     99
The Kitchen     99
Personal Possessions and Furnishings     100
Regular Household Cleaning     101
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     103
Hiring Professionals to Remediate     106
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     107
Problems Other Than Mold     111
What and Where?      113
Rooms with Water     113
Bathrooms     114
The Kitchen     115
Laundry Areas     116
Indoor Pools and Hot Tubs     117
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     117
Other Rooms and Their Contents     119
Beds and Bedding     120
Carpeting     121
Furniture     122
Home Office Equipment     123
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     123
Smoke and Harmful Gases     128
Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Cigarettes     128
Gases     131
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     133
Heating and Cooling Systems     135
Air Conveyance Systems     138
Gas-Fired Equipment     138
Oil-Fired Equipment     141
Fire     145
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     145
Pets and Pests     147
Pets     148
Pests     149
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     156
Renovation and Construction     159
Renovation      159
Construction Materials     160
Asbestos     161
Lead Paint     162
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     164
Everyday Cleaning     167
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     169
Testing     172
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities     173
Conclusion     177
Additional Resources     179
Index     183
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