Tips While Investigating and Evaluating
Mold and Moisture Problems
- Do not touch mold or
mildewed items with bare hands.
- Do not get spores in your eyes.
- Do not breathe in spores.
- Consult a professional for Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) and containment guidelines.
- Consider using PPE when disturbing mold. The
minimum PPE is an N-95 respirator, gloves, and eye protection.
What Can You Do Now?
Relief from Black
Mold & Mildew.
Our ozone generators and ionizers provide the necessary environment to
reduce the effects of black mold and Stachybotrys.
There are no federal or state regulations or
standards for airborne mold contaminants
In the past, landlords seeking the advice of state health
officials were urged to follow, or find an industrial hygienist who follows, the New York
City Department of Health's mold remediation guidelines. Some consider the EPA's new
guidelines to be more demanding, particularly with respect to addressing hidden mold, such
as mold growing behind walls.
Tenants can also use the EPA's new guidelines to show
landlords that there are EPA-approved methods to properly remediate mold contamination.
"It works both ways," says state apartment
association executive Debra Carlton, noting the publication's potential use by tenants to
instigate a proper cleanup.
Tenants claiming mold-related illnesses have spurred
thousands of lawsuits across California and the nation in recent years. Tenants often
charge that the landlord did little or nothing to remove the mold while it was making them
sick or that remediation wasn't handled properly.
There are no federal or state regulations or standards for
airborne mold contaminants, though several proposed laws dealing with mold have been
introduced in the state Legislature this year.
Barbara Spark, indoor air program coordinator for the EPA's
Western region, stressed that the agency's new mold publication includes only recommended
"It's not like a regulation that's in place and if you
(the landlord) do differently, someone is going to go after you," she said.
Effective use of the EPA's guidelines requires landlords to
exercise common sense, she said.
"It's a general piece of guidance and people still need
to use their heads," she said.
Many public health experts stress that while certain adverse
health impacts claimed by tenants have been proven to be caused by mold, others haven't.
However, all agree that mold does not belong indoors and should be properly removed as
soon as possible.
"All molds have the potential to cause health
effects," the EPA's new publication states. "Molds can produce allergens that
can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others
are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants."
The publication also states that, "When mold growth
occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants,
particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems."
If you are having mold, mildew removal
problems, consider one of our air purifier products.