The Homeowner s Guide to Mold
Even a minor, hidden water leak, untreated, can result in major mold problems and thousands of dollars in damage and a severely mold contaminated house can t be lived in or sold! Once moisture combines with dust or mold friendly materials like drywall, mold can start growing and spreading in as little as 24 48 hours.
Why Is Mold Such a Concern Today?
Is Your House Making You Sick?
Protecting Your Home s Value.
How Th is Book Will Help You.
Chapter 1: What Is Mold & Where Does It Come From?
Facts & Hype.
Understanding How Mold Grows & Spreads.
Does My Home Have a Dangerous Type of Mold?
There Was Mold, but We Bleached It Out. Don t Worry! .
Chapter 2: How Mold Can Affect Your Health.
Risks to People.
Risks to Pets.
Th e Infamous Black Mold .
How Mold Gets Into Our Bodies.
Chapter 3: Does Your Home (or One You Plan to Purchase) Have Mold?
Looking for Mold.
Asking the Right Questions.
Water Inspection Guidelines.
Mold on the Home s Exterior.
Chapter 4: Mold Testing.
After Your Inspection.
If You re Considering Mold Testing.
Th e Home Test Kit.
Types of Mold Spore Testing.
Reading the Microbiology Reports.
Chapter 5: Mold Cleanup Principles.
Goals of Mold Cleanup.
How Big Is Your Mold Problem?
Mold Caused by Flooding.
Chapter 6: Hiring a Mold Remediation Contractor.
How to Select a Qualified Mold Remediation Contractor.
How to Recognize & Avoid Con Artists.
Th e Importance of Being Informed.
Chapter 7: Insurance Coverage.
What Most People Th ink and Are Wrong.
What Happens If I Make a Mold Claim to My Insurance Company?
Th ings to Remember Prior to Making a Mold Claim.
What Can Go Wrong with Your Mold Claim.
Know Your Rights.
Chapter 8: Your Home s Contents.
It Looks Clean.
What If Your Mold Remediator Suggests You Handle the Contents to Save Money?
Cross Contaminating Your Home.
Packing Out Your Furniture.
Items That Tend to Attract Mold.
Chapter 9: What to Expect from Your Mold Remediator.
Th e Right Steps in the Right Order.
What to Expect During the Remediation Process.
Common Remediation Methods.
Do It Yourself Mold Remediation.
Chapter 10: Mold Resistant Construction Methods & Materials.
Mold Preventing Construction Methods Basic Principles.
Proper Handling of Construction Materials to Prevent Mold.
Mold Resistant Construction Materials.
Chapter 11: Maintenance Tips for Preventing Mold.
A: Questions & Answers About Mold.
B: Health Eff ects from Exposure to Specific Types of Household Molds.
C: Typical Costs for Mold Remediation & Testing, and Mold Remediation Construction Methods.