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News Release Feb. 16, 2014
Don’t Buy a Home Having Any of Top 12 Toxic Mold Makers
“Prevent serious and dangerous health harm to family members
by not buying a house or condominium that has any of the top dozen major
sources of indoor toxic mold,” recommends mold expert Phillip Fry, webmaster
since 1999 of the mold information website
www.moldinspector.com, Certified Environmental Hygienist, and Certified
The top twelve toxic mold creators or sources in family residences, plus
many more water intrusion and mold issues, are detailed on the website
1. Carpeting. Carpeting and carpet padding are great mold food, and mold
growth can easily hide inside carpeting and padding. Read the top 12
environmental health dangers of indoor carpeting at
2. Indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, or large fish aquarium. An indoor pool or
an always-full Jacuzzi spa or a large fish aquarium continually generates
high indoor humidity to drive indoor toxic mold growth.
3. Humidifier. Whether the humidifier is built into the home’s
heating/cooling equipment or it is a free-standing, portable unit, a
humidifier increases indoor humidity and mold growth. Never run a
4. Automatic ice maker in the refrigerator. The water supply line that
brings water to an automatic ice maker often springs a leak or loose pipe
connection, thus leaking water into, and causing hidden mold growth, into
kitchen floors, walls, and cabinets.
5. Kitchen, bathroom, or dryer vents. Such vents often exhaust high
humidity, mold-causing air into the insides of attics, crawl spaces, walls,
ceilings, or floors, rather than directly to the outdoors.
6. Air conditioning condensation pan leaks. Air conditioning systems
include a drip pan to catch water than condenses and drips from the air
conditioning coils. Such drip pans are sometimes poorly installed or the pan
drain pipe becomes blocked, thus allowing water flooding and mold growth
into adjacent walls and ceilings.
7. Building lot sloping toward the house. If the house building lot slopes
downward toward the house, rather than away from the house, there is going
to be significant water intrusion into the basement, crawl space, concrete
slab, and/or building foundation, and thus enabling the growth of mold
resulting from such water intrusion.
8. House on the side or bottom of a hill. A residence that is located on the
side of a hill or at the bottom of a hill will be a moldy house because rain
fall will cause significant ground water intrusion into the same areas
9. Roof overhang too short. If the roof overhang extends less than two feet
beyond the walls beneath the overhang, rainfall will fall upon and run down
the exterior walls to soak into the wood and masonry surfaces of such walls.
10. Leaky roof. If the roof surface or flashings around a chimney or
furnace and plumbing vent pipes are degraded or poorly-maintained, water
will enter into the home’s attic and run downward into the insides of the
ceilings, floors, and walls beneath the attic to cause huge, hidden toxic
mold growth therein.
11. Crawl space. Most crawl space dirt floors suffer from water wicking
upward from the ground water in the soil. In addition, rainfall frequently
runs into crawl spaces. Crawl space water intrusion results in big toxic
mold growth that can grow upward into the insides of the floors and walls
12. Leaking water supply or sewage drain pipes. Plumbing line leaks can
cause massive toxic mold growth inside and on walls, ceilings, and floors.
To schedule mold inspection, testing, or removal services anywhere in the
USA, Ontario Province, or Asia, email Phillip Fry
firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone toll-free 1-866-300-1616 or cell phone
1-480-310-7970, or visit