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

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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...

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Overview

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Science News

Mold is a hot issue today, but the problem dates back to biblical times. Jeffrey May, author of My House is Killing Me, is a recognized authority on indoor pollution who focuses here on mold—how it prospers, how it affects one's health, and how it can be remediated.

Boston Globe Magazine

Their handbook delivers both scientific explanations and expert advice. The most common problems can be headed off or corrected once the homeowner understands the life cycle of mold. That alone is worth the price of the book.

Real Estate Professional
A good job on a subject most of us would find less than stimulating... Were I actively listing and selling homes, I would keep this book handy as a reference and I would take every opportunity to see how the issue is playing out at the local level. Home inspectors would obviously be a great source of information, both academic and practical.

— Dr. Kenneth W. Edwards

Washington Times
The Mold Survival Guide details mold problems and eradication methods and includes photographs—some in color—that show what water damage and mold infestation look like.

— Jim Watkins

Baltimore Sun

Mold. It's a scary, mystifying and shudder inducing word... The Mays explore what mold is, where and why it grows, how it flourishes, and how it may or may not cause health problems. Readers learn how to identify mold, how to prevent it from spreading and when to call an expert.

ArchitectureBoston
Recommended particularly for concerned homeowners and renovation architects, The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health outlines the causes of moisture problems in old and new buildings... Leading you through his most tried-and-true forensic methodologies, Jeff May gives you the tools to root out the causes of the bedeviling musty odors that have forced homeowners to flee their homes.

— Courtney Miller

San Jose Mercury News
This book will help you make sensible decisions and cut through the 'fear factor' language in a lot of advertising.

— Holly Hayes

Architecture Boston

A timely, helpful—and even entertaining—contribution to a field that demands attention.

The Mold Reporter

This is the best book I've read in years. I couldn't put it down... It painlessly educates the reader about problem houses.

WebMD

Very helpful for finding the factors which worsen your asthma. Five out of five stars for this book.

Real Estate Professional - Dr. Kenneth W. Edwards

A good job on a subject most of us would find less than stimulating... Were I actively listing and selling homes, I would keep this book handy as a reference and I would take every opportunity to see how the issue is playing out at the local level. Home inspectors would obviously be a great source of information, both academic and practical.

Washington Times - Jim Watkins

The Mold Survival Guide details mold problems and eradication methods and includes photographs—some in color—that show what water damage and mold infestation look like.

ArchitectureBoston - Courtney Miller

Recommended particularly for concerned homeowners and renovation architects, The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health outlines the causes of moisture problems in old and new buildings... Leading you through his most tried-and-true forensic methodologies, Jeff May gives you the tools to root out the causes of the bedeviling musty odors that have forced homeowners to flee their homes.

San Jose Mercury News - Holly Hayes

This book will help you make sensible decisions and cut through the 'fear factor' language in a lot of advertising.

Library Journal
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. The resulting discoloration and musty odor can not only lower property values and destroy a home's ambience but also cause serious illness, allergy, and headaches. May, a certified indoor air-quality professional (see his excellent book on indoor allergens, My House Is Killing Me!), and wife Connie explain what molds are, why and where they grow, and how to rid our living spaces of these dangerous fungal microorganisms. The authors furnish clear explanations, examples from actual situations, and valuable advice gleaned from May's 15 years' experience. A guest chapter by two physicians reveals how prolonged exposure to molds affects our health. A storehouse of knowledge presented in a readable style, this will appeal to homeowners, apartment dwellers, and real estate agents alike.-Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801879388
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The world of mold 1
1 The indispensable kingdom of fungi 3
2 Watering mold and spreading spores 14
3 How mold affects our health 31
4 Mold wages battle : then and now 42
Pt. II The search for mold 61
5 What lurks below 65
6 Mold in the mechanicals 84
7 The spaces we live in 106
8 The spaces we don't live in 132
9 Testing for mold 154
Pt. III The cleanup 167
10 Small-scale cleanup jobs 169
11 Professional remediation 188
Conclusion 199
Resource guide 201
Index 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    Very Informative!

    For anyone who is concerned about mold in their home, this is the book to read. It was very informative, yet easy to understand.

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