How to Use This Page
STEP 1: Start with “Podcasts” and listen to one of the first three with Dr. Jill Carnahan, and then listen to all 3 with Dr. Neil Nathan.
STEP 2: Review the “Home Assessment Tips” to evaluate if you may have moisture problems in your home.
STEP 3: If you are concerned about mold in your home, discuss with your doctor and also review the “Mold Reduction Products to Consider” and “General Tips for Mold Prevention”
STEP 4: If you are considering moving, review the section under “Moving”. For information on what to take/not take from a previously contaminated home, review the podcasts as above under STEP 1.
For Clinicians: I recommend reviewing this page, and then continuing to the Mold Information for Clinicians page.
Dr. Jill Carnahan:
Dr. Neil Nathan:
Other Podcasts that may be of Interest:
http://drhoffman.com/podcast/indoor-health-mold-toxicity-part-1/ (interview with Steve Levy, of findingthemold.com, inspector on East Coast)
I highly recommend doing your OWN visual inspection even if you are also hiring a testing company.
Home Assessment Tips
Open windows/doors daily if possible to get cross-ventilation and outdoor air inside---do this for anywhere from 10-30+ minutes as able, the more the better
Use a dehumidifier as needed to keep humidity down
Get a humidity sensor (cheap on Amazon, etc) and confirm humidity in bathroom, etc. staying at least < 50%
Discusses air filtration: Camfil Mold and Air filtration for IAQ
General Tips for Mold Prevention
https://www.microbalancehealthproducts.com/ (specifically helpful: mold solution spray andcandles)
http://citrisafecertified.com/ (specifically helpful: mold solution spray and candles)
Borax detergent: can add to wash to help rid mycotoxins and molds
Ozone generators: there are mixed opinions on use of these; discuss with your physician
Sauna therapy (can help with detoxification; discuss with your physician)
Mold Reduction Products
FOR MOVING (Rentals):
Any musty smells?
How is the ventilation (are there operable windows, does the air feel stale, etc)?
Is there good exhaust or window in bathroom?
Is there carpet (carpet can hold onto mold spores)?
Is there an energy recovery ventilator? (this brings outdoor air into living space)
FOR BUYING (consider the above tips and also):
Do full inspection of attic, basement, crawl space (any signs of water damage?)
Is there any water intrusion in basement? Try to visit during rainy season/day
How is the ventilation (are there operable windows, does the air feel stale, etc). Ventilation is important for indoor air quality. If place is very air-tight for energy efficiency reasons, ask how they dealt with ventilation during energy efficiency upgrades. Old house that hasn’t been upgraded for energy efficiency is likely to breathe better than a modern home that is very “tight” for energy efficiency, as a generalization.
Is there good exhaust or window in bathroom? Where does bathroom exhaust to (make sure not exhausting into insulation in attic, etc.)
POSSESSIONS TO BRING/NOT BRING:
Dr. Jill Carnahan's guide: https://www.jillcarnahan.com/2018/06/12/your-definitive-mold-clean-up-guide/
FOR HOME BUILDING (if building/designing your own home):
Practical Tips/Information from websites to deal with mold:
Books that may be helpful:
What every Homewner Needs to Know About Mold and What to Do About It
Mold: The War Within
Government Agency Publications on Mold: