Testing the Home Sewer System

This section is from the book Modern Plumbing Illustrated by R. M. Starbuck. Also available from Amazon: Modern Plumbing Illustrated.  The Smoke Test In applying the smoke test, a machine designed for the purpose of producing a heavy volume of black smoke is used. Various materials are used in this machine for producing the smoke, …

What is STACHYBOTRYS and what are the health implications?

Stachybotrys is a greenish black mold that grows on material with high cellulose content that became water damaged.  Some examples include: hay, straw, wicker, and wood chips, as well as building materials such as ceiling tile, drywall, paper vapor barriers, wallpaper, insulation backing, cardboard boxes, paper files, fiberboard, the paper covering of gypsum wallboard, particleboard, …

Wall Cavity Mold

Can mold contamination inside a wall cavity be identified? Yes. For example, after a basement has flooded and the water is extracted, the carpet should be removed and the floor disinfected. However, a mold odor may still be present and the mold source not easily recognizable. Wallboard, paneling, plaster, wood and insulation that make up …

Unusual Mold Locations

Every investigator is aware of the less subtle hiding places for mold, like inside air conditioning units, around the standing water in the crawl space, behind the sagging drywall in the dining room, and in the mushroom garden in the basement. But, occasionally a mold analysis indicates the presence of actively growing mold and the …

Toxic Mold & Black Mold

What is “black mold” or “toxic mold”? You have probably heard a great deal about black mold or toxic mold. It is usually associated with Stachybotrys, a black mold that is often found after there has been persistent water damage. The known health effects from exposure to Stachybotrys are similar to other common molds and …

Top 10 Mold Mistakes

IGNORING POSSIBLE MOLD HEALTH SYMPTOMS BEING SUFFERED BY ONE OR MORE FAMILY MEMBERS OR CO-WORKERS Be concerned about possible mold problems if one or more occupants is suffering from unexplained health problems such as ongoing itchy eyes, bloody nose, sinus problems, headaches, nose congestion, runny nose, skin rashes, skin sores, coughing, breathing difficulties, difficulty in …

Surface Mold

Why do airborne mold samples sometimes not show that mold contamination is present, even when there is visible surface mold growth? Mold growing on a surface is not necessarily producing airborne spores, especially in an area that has little or no activity such as an unfinished basement used primarily for storage. Also, if the surface …

Molds, Mycotoxins, & More

Many health effects are caused by exposure to the interior environment of Water Damaged Buildings (WDB).  The complex mixtures of contaminants present in the air and in the dust can form a toxic chemical stew. There are so many possible sources of these toxic compounds found in WDB that can lead to the variety of …

Mold Issues in Homes

An Inside Look at the Mold Issues in Homes Fungi include yeast, mold, mildew and mushrooms. Fungi grow over a wide range of environmental niches and are able to colonize on any surface, provided moisture is present over time. Spores are very lightweight and are easily dispersed in air. Every home is subject to moisture …

Mold Information

Do you or your family have any of the symptoms or health problems listed below? If so, they could be caused by mold. Itching or irritation of the nose, eyes, throat and skin Skin Rash Sinus Infections or congestion/runny nose Sneezing / coughing Upper or lower respiratory infections Fatigue Frequent headaches Trouble concentrating, memory lapses, …