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News Release Jan. 18, 2014
Top 10 Questions that Mold Victims
Ask Mold Consultant Phillip Fry


People living or working in elevated levels of toxic mold often become very sick as the result of the mold exposure. Mold victims' deteriorating health leads them to ask frequently these top ten mold questions to international mold expert Phillip Fry, Certified Mold Inspector, Certified Mold Remediator, Certified Environmental Hygienist, and Professional Industrial Hygienist, who serves clients nationwide in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

1. What is toxic mold? Toxic mold is a mold species that, while multiplying and growing, continually throws toxic mold spores and mycotoxins mold poisons into the breathing air inside homes and commercial buildings. Some of the most dangerous and commonly-discovered toxic molds are Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, and Chaetomium.

2. Is the mold growing in my home or workplace the dangerous toxic black mold? “Block mold” is a nickname for the deadly Stachybotrys mold species that can cause not only severe respiratory problems but also brain tissue damage. Just because a mold is black in color does not make it Stachybotrys mold because many mold specie growths are black in color, as well as white, blue, green, yellow, red, and orange.  See pictures and descriptions of most major mold species at www.mold.ph.

3. What are the most common health symptoms that result from mold exposure? Any of the following on a continuing, chronic basis are possible mold health symptoms and problems: sinus pain, coughing, sneezing, chest pain, skin rashes, headaches, always feeling tired, feeling disconnected from the world around oneself, depression, and many others that are listed in the top 100 mold health problems listed at www.moldexpertconsultants.com.

4. How come I’m the only person sick from mold at home or at work? People differ significantly in their sensitivity and body reaction to living or working in elevated levels of toxic mold. One or more family members or work associates can be very sick from mold while others in the same house or workplace aren’t sick.
5. How can doctors diagnose me for any mold health problems? Attending physicians can choose from a wide array of mold diagnostic tests such as lab analysis of a sinus cavity tissue swab, mold antibody blood testing, Stachybotrys blood testing, and chest x-ray.

6. How should my home or workplace be tested for mold growth problems? The residence or place of employment should be thoroughly visually inspected and mold tested for water and mold problems, especially inside and on walls, ceilings, floors, attic, basement, crawl space, garage, and heating/cooling equipment and air ducts. For mold inspection tips, visit www.buildingmoldinspection.com.

7. How to I find a Certified Mold Inspector or Certified Environmental Hygienist? Visit your state, province, or nation in the worldwide directory www.certifiedmoldinspectors.com.

8. What is the cost for professional mold inspection and testing? In depth, thorough and complete residential mold inspection is usually $300 to $500, plus mold sample collection with laboratory mold species identification and quantification for $85 to $100 per mold sample.

9. How can I get rid of the mold growing at home or at work? Three short phrases describe the overall mold removal process:  (a) kill the mold; (b) remove the mold; and (c) prevent future mold growth.  Read the 10 steps for safe and effective mold remediation at www.moldinspector.com/mold_removal.htm.

10. How can I prevent mold problems at home or at work?  Stop mold problems by preventing and solving water intrusion problems such as plumbing leaks, appliance leaks, roof leaks, siding leaks, basement wall and floor leaks, and indoor humidity that exceeds 70% some or all of the year.

For a free answer to other mold questions, please email Phillip Fry phil@moldinspector.com or phone him toll-free 1-866-300-1616 or Phillip’s cell phone 1-480-310-7970, or visit the mold information websites www.moldinspector.com, www.workplacemold.com, and www.airconditioner.com.

Fry’s company EnviroFry does mold inspection and mold removal in California, Las Vegas, Arizona, the entire Midwestern USA, the Eastern Coast, many southern states, Ontario Province, and most nations in Asia.
 

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