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Deadly New Form of Mould Discovered*
Some Home Remedies Make the Problem Worse!
You May Be Able to Solve the Problem Yourself, But
You Have to Know What You Are Doing!
Some Have Spent Thousands and Still Not Solved the Problem, Until…
They Spent Tens of Thousands More!
Don’t Let This be You.
In This Special Report on Mould, You Will Discover:
1) When can you do-it-yourself,
2) When do you need to call in the experts, and
3) How to evaluate a “Mould Remediator” to ensure they know what they are doing.
N.B. If you do not have mould, you will still want to read this Special Report on Mould. Those who have dealt with mould will tell you: It is a lot easier preventing mould than cleaning it up.
Compiled by Matti Anttila
Author of 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health
Available free at: http://joyenergyandhealth.com
The Zen of Joy
(Publication Date November 2012)
No copyright. Distribute freely. Permission to distribute in its entirety only.
* “Now there is a new species… that was accidentally released up in Vancouver, Canada. It's spreading from the northwest throughout the country. It's a mutated form, [and] highly pathogenic to humans. About 25 to 30 percent of the humans who have become infected with it die… When they mutate they avoid our immune system.” -Dr. Jack Thrasher. (Dr. Thrasher has a PhD in cell biology from the UCLA School of Medicine and is a mould expert.)
I am deeply indebted to all who responded to my call for solutions to mould concerns. Over five dozen of you (!) sent an email. Some were detailed and unique ideas and some were just support.
Thank you. I felt the love and support and am blessed to be the recipient of such great good will.
It would be too great a task to mention you all by name. A few are noted by first name in the body of this report. Some agreed to have their full names and/or links published.
I must make mention of both Dr. Mercola who I follow closely and has been responsible for much of my health progress and also to Dr. Jack Thrasher who I rely on heavily for detailed analysis.
1. Is Mould Dangerous? The Case For and Against
a. The Case Against…by a Doctor
b. The Case For…From the Government of Canada
Sidebar: Is “Black” Mould Worse?
c. The Case For…From a Mould Specialist Doctor
2. Bacteria: Another Health Risk Related to Mould Damage
3. Getting Rid of Mould: Do-It-Yourself or Call in The Experts?
a. Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes”
b. Dr. Jack Thrasher, Mould Specialist
i. How to Detect Mould
4. Choosing a Remediator
5. Do-It-Yourself Solutions: The First Four
6. Do-It-Yourself Solutions: The Final Four
7. What NOT to Use: Is This Popular Remedy a Recipe for Disaster?
8. Mould Prevention.
Sidebar: Do We Have a Mould Pandemic?
c. For Boats: Granules to Soak up Moisture and Other Fixes
10. Closing Thoughts
Is Mould Dangerous? The Case For and Against
“The Harvard University School of Public Health studied 10,000 homes in the US and Canada and found that half of them had mold that resulted in a 50 to 100 % increase in respiratory symptoms.” –http://www.moldrx4u.com/
“You have mould.” Those words can be almost as fear and panic inducing as “You have cancer.”
The first step is to remember to breathe. Trust that there is a solution. Horror stories aside, there also appear to be relatively inexpensive, non-toxic ways to create a mold free environment.
I must admit I felt the anxiety when I suspected mould from the “musty” smell. My native healer Doug had told me he smelled mould on me and I just filed the info away. But when I started getting some coughing, swollen and itchy eyes, poor sleeps and a few other choice symptoms usually associated with mould in the home, I decided to ask for help.
My email friends and acquaintances were quick to respond with over 5 dozen emails and many different ideas and avenues to research. The result is this report.
a. Is Mould Dangerous? The Case Against: No Scientific Proof Says This Doctor
There is controversy about how dangerous mold is. John, a doctor who advises lawyers on medical aspects of their cases, sent me this:
My contribution (from my Electronic Handbook of Legal Medicine) is not what you might expect. There is a lot of hype and hysteria around mold with reference to human health. While there are very occasionally serious health consequences, the vast majority of the time it is nuisance and some common symptoms are misattributed.
The Handbook he refers to indicates that: Well-substantiated conditions caused by mould allergy, infection and ingestion are relatively rare. Almost all Toxic Mould litigation is based on research that is scientifically flawed…
And that: The majority of Toxic Mould litigation is scientifically unsupportable…
– Electronic Handbook of Legal Medicine
b. Is Mould Dangerous? The Case For…by the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada Website says this: “All moulds pose a risk to respiratory health and should be removed, regardless of the type of mould.” –from the Canada Government site
My friend Ron, consultant on environmental health matters, says this:
“It’s always moisture that allows the mould to grow. In older homes there may be a lack of a good moisture barrier and insufficient ventilation. Although this is a building construction issue, there are serious health issues from mould for many of us.
Generally, the most commonly reported symptoms include:
Is “Black” Mould Worse?
From the Government of Canada site:
“You may hear mention of so-called "toxic" mould species, often referring to "black mould" or the genus Stachybotrys.
While it is true that some moulds do naturally produce toxic substances (known as mycotoxins), there is not sufficient evidence that these moulds have different or greater health effects than other moulds.
All moulds pose a risk to respiratory health and should be removed, regardless of the type of mould.”
• runny nose or nasal congestion
• eye irritation
• cough or congestion
• aggravation of asthma
• headaches, and
• difficulty concentrating.
Moulds can also exacerbate (make worse) the symptoms of allergies including wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath as well as nasal congestion and eye irritation. It is important to appreciate that we don’t all respond to mould in the same way, our bodies have had different exposures and we have different sensitivities to mould. A parent may feel just fine, however their child may be seriously affected. People who are immuno-suppressed, or recovering from surgery are usually more susceptible to health problems from moulds… Stachybotrys is one of the more serious forms of mould in terms of human health and we’ve seen a lot of media attention to its removal in schools. Testing to identify the particular type of mould is expensive. It is more practical to simply remove any type of mould. Therefore if you see mould, wash and disinfect the area, regardless of what type of mould it is. Helpful information is available on the BC Ministry of Health ‘Health File’ located at:
Note that despite what the sidebar says, another part of the Government of Canada site does refer to testing that shows Stachybotrys having higher toxicity. Read below.
Health Canada has carried out two reviews of the scientific literature pertaining to the health effects of indoor moulds (Health Canada 1995; 2004). The Institut national de santé publique du Québec also published a review on this subject (d'Halewyn et al. 2003). The following conclusions were drawn:
exposure to indoor mould is associated with an increased prevalence of asthma-related symptoms such as chronic wheezing, irritation symptoms, and non-specific symptoms; and
in laboratory animal studies, instillation of fungal antigens (Penicillium sp. and Aspergillus sp.) and fungal cell components [(1->3)-ß-D-glucan] resulted in an inflammatory response in the lungs of rodents, while instillation of Stachybotrys chartarum spores resulted in severe histological and biochemical changes. (My bolding)
These conclusions have been supported by more recent findings. In two cohort studies (Wickman et al. 2003; Jaakkola et al. 2005), significant associations were found between home dampness and the risk of developing asthma. In experimental studies, asthma-like responses were observed in mice following exposure to a typical building-associated fungus, Penicillium chrysogenum (Chung et al. 2005), and inflammatory responses were seen in rats exposed to low doses of toxins from the same species (Rand et al. 2005).
c. Is Mould Dangerous? The Case For…by a Doctor Who Specializes in Mould
From Dr. Mercola’s site:
Jack Thrasher, PhD, is extremely knowledgeable on the topic of mold and how it impacts your health. Interestingly, from a toxicity point of view, some mycotoxins that molds produce are actually far more toxic than heavy metals, in terms of concentration. Mold mycotoxins also tend to affect more biological systems in your body than pesticides or heavy metals do.
"For example, stachybotrys produces mycotoxins referred to as trichothecene. They inhibit protein synthesis. It infects every organ of your body from your toes to the top of your head," Dr. Thrasher says. "I really think that the molds are much more dangerous from that point of view."
This flies in the face of what is commonly appreciated about toxic contaminants. Most would assume that pesticides or heavy metals would be far more dangerous. However, mold is a very significant health issue. And despite the fact that molds have been around forever, mankind has not developed greater tolerance against them than more modern chemical toxins. Part of that is because they tend to rapidly mutate.
"Let's take a look at Cryptococcus for example," Dr. Thrasher says. "Cryptococcus used to be endemic to the deserts of southwest United States. Now there is a new species… that was accidentally released up in Vancouver, Canada. It's spreading from the northwest throughout the country. It's a mutated form, [and] highly pathogenic to humans. About 25 to 30 percent of the humans who have become infected with it die… When they mutate they avoid our immune system.
The other thing they can do is produce chemicals that suppress your immune system at the same time. So therefore, I don't think we'll ever become resistant to these organisms."
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Bacteria—Another Health Risk Related to Mould Damage
Growing right along with Mould are what's called 'gram negative' and 'gram positive' bacteria. Just like Mould, they require moisture and organic material to thrive, and the synergistic action between Mould and bacteria further increase and worsen inflammatory health conditions.
"The gram positive are group of bacteria that are being totally overlooked," Dr. Thrasher says.
"These positive bacteria consist of several bacilli, cocci, and one group called the actinomycetes. The actinomycetes contain several different groups of bacteria like mycobacterium. We're all familiar with… mycobacterium tuberculosis.
There are 139 other species of mycobacterium that can grow in our environment and 11 to 12 of those in the indoor environment are very serious human pathogens and can cause a condition called mycobacterium avium complex… and this is a very dangerous situation. It causes serious infection of the lungs and can spread throughout the body. Many of the symptoms are those of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The condition can go on and develop into an asthma-like condition and then also into sarcoidosis particularly of the mediastinum.
Then the other group are the streptomyces… Streptomyces gave rise to a lot of antibiotics. Also, streptomyces are a source of many of the chemotherapeutic agents that are used today. These organisms are growing in the indoor environment."
Gram negative bacteria are also extremely harmful. When they die, they release their cell walls, which are referred to as lipopolysaccharide, or endotoxins. These endotoxins can severely exacerbate asthma and other conditions because they are highly inflammatory. According to Dr. Thrasher, research indicates the inflammation they cause can also affect your brain and other organs.
Should You Do-It-Yourself or Call In The Experts?
Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes says:
Every home has mould. But not every home has a mould problem. And, even though people are concerned about mould in their homes only a small percentage of tested mould is very dangerous, such as Stachybotrys, known as "toxic" or "black" mould. …
(Note: we have learned from the Government of Canada site that all mould can be a problem and Stachybotrys or “black” mould is no different, despite the reputation.-Matti)
This might surprise you, especially if you think you have a mould problem, but testing isn’t generally recommended for homeowners who think they might have a mould problem. It can be expensive and it takes time and special equipment.
Most importantly, a test might show the presence of mould in your home, or what kind of mould you have, but there are no ‘safe levels’ of indoor moulds—so the results might show you have mould, but not tell you if it is really dangerous.
And, the test won’t tell you what the source of the mould is, or where moisture might be entering your home. You’d be better off spending the money on fixing the problem….
Mould Specialist Weighs In:
Dr. Jack Thrasher, who has a PhD in cell biology from the UCLA School of Medicine, and is an expert on the impact of mold on human health, disagrees.
How to Detect a Mold Problem
Clearly, the first step would be to conduct a visual inspection. A musty, mildew odor is a tip-off that you need to check the area in question for any visible signs of mold. If you can't see any visible traces of mold, Dr. Thrasher recommends taking an air sample, and using a moisture meter to determine the moisture level in the area.
"I use a moisture meter on every wall of the building or the home looking for hidden moisture. The moisture content of wood flooring, for example, should be no more than 10 to 12 percent. I'm finding floors that have moisture content of 48 percent. Exterior walls shouldn't have anything more than 15 percent, and I'm finding exterior walls with 40, 50, 60 percent.
… The other thing I recommend is to not rely on air samples from Mould spore counts. Invariably, that will give you misinformation. The number of Mould spores that are in the indoor environment and the outdoor environment vary over the day; it's a diurnal type variation… So it's not a very reliable test for what's in the air.
Secondly, there are certain bacteria that do not release their spores into the air very regularly and you won't find them in the air… So become educated as to what to look for and how to look for it, and don't accept somebody coming in, taking an air sample and saying, "There is nothing wrong with this because the indoor counts are less than outdoor counts." That's wrong logic. Certain species of Mould grow indoors much more regularly than they do outdoors. So you have to look at the species of Mould, not just the spores."
A better option is to do 24-hour monitoring. However, this type of testing cannot be performed by a typical Mould inspector. You need to hire a high-level Mould expert for this type of air testing. (I'll list several sources for finding a qualified expert below.) Dr. Thrasher also suggests interviewing the expert in question to find out who they typically work for.
"If they're doing work for insurance companies stay away from them," he says. "You want somebody who is unbiased… [Also] ask them the question, "If you take the airborne Mould in the indoor environment can it hurt you or cause toxic reaction?" If the person says, "No, don't worry about it. All it can do is cause allergies," then stay away from that person. That person is not well informed."
After air sampling, Dr. Thrasher also takes swab and bulk samples of the Mould growth; actually cutting out a piece of the affected area if necessary, for proper lab testing. Dr. Thrasher explains what he typically tests for:
"We culture for the bacteria. We culture for the Mould. We do what we call ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index), which is an EPA test that was developed by a group in the EPA. This is a PCR-DNA analysis for 31 different species of Mould… that is very inexpensive, relatively speaking. It costs $350 to do that test… [W]e take swab samples looking for endotoxins. We also look for… polysaccharides called 1,3-beta-D-glucans… We want to get a good idea what's going on in the indoor environment."
1. Don’t test for mould. Instead, spend your money on fixing the problem, or
2. Spend $350 and get your home tested for mould.
You notice I am trying to give you both sides of the equation. You will have to decide yourself based on the information you see here and any other sources you choose research.
Personally, I am first going to apply some of the solutions in Chapter Five and then track the feedback. In other words, I will take note if the solutions produce results by decreasing my symptoms.
In the case of visible mould where you can see the mould and don’t have any symptoms that you can identify, then seeing the mould removed may be enough. Keep in mind that I am not an expert and we are getting contradictory advice. You may choose to use your intuition as well.
A mould area is considered large if a single patch of mould is larger that a square meter.
Do not attempt to clean up large areas of mould yourself–being exposed to this much mould isn’t a good idea. You need professional help to determine why the mould is there in the first place and how to clean it up.
Call a building-damage restoration specialist or a building contractor who has experience removing mould. And it could be costly. To remove large areas of mouldy materials is dangerous at best and should be done by a professional who will follow all government health regulations. You may even have to leave your home while the clean up takes place, if the problem is really bad.
Choosing a Remediator…If You Decide You Need One.
This may be more challenging than just choosing a name from the yellow pages or a Google search. Dr. Mercola:
I recently had a leak in my basement that was improperly remediated for $10K. The cause was not addressed so the problem worsened, which more than tripled the price to properly clean it up. That is part of the reason that prompted me to contact some of the leading experts in this area and learn how to do this properly.
So let me tell you from personal experience, you need to find a qualified expert and professional that is certified by one of the agencies below. I would also suggest getting several bids for the work. You can find contractor or professional listings on the following sites. Both the IICRC and NORMI are certifying organizations for Mould remediation, but the IICRC certification is perhaps the most widely used:
The IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association)—a membership organization with no certification program (the ACAC handles this by agreement) www.iaqa.org
RIA (Restoration Industry Association)
NORMI (National Organization of Remediators and Mould Inspectors) http://www.normi.org/
Keep in mind that a mere certification or listing may not be enough. Also evaluate the remediator's qualifications and insurance (liability as well as workman's comp). With the ACAC, there are a few different levels.
Do-It-Yourself Solutions…The First Four
Solution #1: Thieves Oil
From James Christian, Director and Dean, School of Phytotherapy. Pacific Rim College, Victoria BC, Canada.
(Thieves) is a combination of oils that was used during the plague by thieves (hence the name) to be able to walk amongst those that were infected with the disease and steal from them. It is said to be a very effective agent for infectious diseases. Some have suggested that using this oil in a diffuser in your home is great at minimizing infections and has been used to kill off mold. Here is a website: http://www.secretofthieves.com/mold.cfm
I would also recommend mixing Thyme Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil and some Cedar Essential Oil to some water and using it as a spritzer to spray on areas of mold within the house.
Hopefully that can help! Cheers, James
James Christian, Director and Dean, School of Phytotherapy. Pacific Rim College, Victoria BC, Canada. www.pacificrimcollege.ca
From Secret of Thieves Website:
Mold expert stumbles upon an amazingly powerful and non-toxic method of toxic mold removal…in his wife's aromatherapy kit
In 2005, Edward Close, PhD, a mold remediation consultant with 30 years experience in the environmental industry, was asked to do third-party sampling for mold in an apartment complex that had been flooded, evacuated, and later put up for sale. The buyer who was renovating the apartments had paid a company which had used the strongest stuff they knew of—a hospital disinfectant. Yet Dr Close's sampling showed that either the product had not killed the mold or that the mold had already re-established itself.
After much urging by his wife, he diffused Thieves oil in the apartments for a 24-hour period. The research project yielded astonishing results! And two weeks later they were even more astonishing!
In another instance, 10,667 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a per cubic meter area. After diffusing Thieves essential oil for 48 hours, Dr Close retested. Only thirteen stachybotrys remained. Similarly, 75,000 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a sample of sheetrock. After 72 hours of diffusing, no stachybotrys Mould spores remained.
Disappearing Toxic Mould Spores
10,667 to 13 in 48 hours
75,000 to 0 in 72 hours
Most remarkable to Mould remediation experts is that three factors about Thieves oil merge to create a perfect storm against toxic Mould…
It's powerful. But so is diesel fuel.
It's safe. Many things (like diesel) may kill Mould, but they are toxins themselves. So you exchange toxins and the building is still uninhabitable. Thieves oil has an FDA supplement facts panel on the label. It's so safe that workers can breath it while it's diffusing.
It's long-lasting. While Mould may be reduced immediately by standard remediation products, it often makes a fast comeback. Thieves continues killing the Mould for weeks afterward.
Dr Close documented his first 20 case studies (yielding similar results) in his book Nature's Mould Rx, the Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mould. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978561619?ie=UTF8&tag=eatonessentia-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0978561619
See more at his Mould website.
You are certainly on the right track with the ozone machine. That is hands down the best way to go and then follow up with Thieves.
(Note: We discuss the ozone generators later. – Matti)
We used Thieves alone downstairs in a bedroom where there were Rubbermaid containers against the cement wall causing condensation on the wall. It was in a baby's room so I had the mother wash all of his clothes and wipe down everything as spores are airborne. Then we put the dehumidifier in there and cranked up the heat.
The short answer would be to scrub off any black Mould or Mould that you see with Thieves cleaner. I fear that we may also be dealing with the same issue. If you don't have any Thieves cleaner I always have it on hand and will be taking anything that is against our bedroom walls away from there and washing them down with a strong solution of Thieves. Apparently from what I have read online bleach does NOT work. I am then going to diffuse Thieves in the bedroom and turn up the heat. We also have a dehumidifier in here and an ozone air filter that we have on most of the time. The most important thing that friends of ours did in Duncan was to take the chest of drawers that were in the closet out so that the closet could breathe. Dry air is important. As you know yeasts and molds thrive in dark, moist, warm areas.
We moved in here in June when the weather was good and of course it has been sunny all summer. There was black Mould in the bedroom wall of where we are sleeping when the last tenant vacated and Brown Brother's painters used Kilz on it then re-painted it with paint that had something in it. I still smelled Mould right from the beginning and was not sure whether it was suggestibility because I knew that there had been Mould before but of course my story is that I am super sensitive to that and that it has been here all along. Now Will is smelling it so it is time for us to get our bedroom really cleaned out, crank up the heat and use the Thieves.
To humor me and because Will is very allergic to grass and other pollens we have slept with a dehumidifier in our room in the area where our landlord said that the bed was before. I still smell it as I sleep closest to that wall but at the other end. Now with the rain we are smelling it in the hallway which is not on an outside wall, Very strange. As we don't have any storage here there are still boxes of things that I have to get rid of. This may be the incentive that I need. I think shredding old papers that I will never look at again may be the start.
Watch the You Tube by clicking Thieves above, Google Thieves and Mould and you should find something there. Again, I think you are taking the right approach.
All the best,
Solution # 2 Vinegar, Baking Soda and Elbow Grease
… for minor visible surface Mould on say a baseboard, or on a piece of furniture, you could use a little bit of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and vinegar to wipe it off.
"I just use the concentrated vinegar and baking soda," he says. "All you need is a couple of tablespoons [of baking soda] to a quart of water. The vinegar I just take straight out of the bottle… I generally do the vinegar first and then follow it with the baking soda… The vinegar will kill the Mould and the bacteria but you're going to leave residue on the surface and so you scrub the surface to try to get rid of the residue.
… I never validated that procedure, but that's what I recommend; what I do use and it seems to work, but I haven't validated it with research data. I have to be honest with the population out there."
Solution # 3: Concrobium
Andy recommended this, as did the lady at Rona Building Supply and Helen sent this:
A wonderful product that we have used to get rid of Mould is called Concrobium Mould control. It is 100% natural… It kills, cleans and prevents Mould. It comes in a spray bottle White bottle with a blue and green label.
Do you know where the mould is? If you can't see it you might have to call a professional to look into it. But if you know where it is and can see it, then this product will take care of it. Hope this helps.
Solution # 4: Vodka!
I liked this one from Wayne, including vodka! Hah!
Naturally Rid Your Home of Mould and Mildew
Solutions: The Final Four
Solution # 5: Colloidal Silver
I can recommend Colloidial Silver. We have the system to make it. You can buy the gizmo and make it by the gallon in about 3 hours. Put it in a spitzer and or wash the areas with it and it is an amazing mould control.
That all I have to assist you my brother. If you get the mould control guys in it will cost you 10's of thousands of dollars to bring it under control.
Solution # 6: Sulfur
The only thing that will kill Mould 100% & keep it away and is organic is Sulfur… if it is in your home you need to buy to buy or borrow a sulfur burner it heats up the sulfur to a liquid form and the vapor fills the room and gets into every nook and cranny.. it leaves a thin film that is the wrong PH for Mould to grow on. this is what is used in the restoration places and in greenhouses to control Mould …. you can also make a spray with baking soda or if you can find it potassium bi-carbonate …. and spray that .. it again changes the ph and kills the Mould ….. molds need humidity to grow so a dehumidifier should also be used to prevent it getting a foothold again….
Good luck … is this the idea for a new book on home made cures for everything ?
(What a smart cookie that James is…that’s exactly what my free email course is: 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health available here: http://joyenergyandhealth.com/ and we also discuss prevention in Chapter Eight.)
(Notice how I unobtrusively slipped in an ad for my email course?)
Solution # 7 Chlorine Dioxide gas
In New Orleans, after Katrina, they used Chlorine Dioxide gas to kill Mould and recover buildings.
It is approved for around-food use and so is not inherently virulently toxic. It is selective and principally kills pathogens.
You have to handle it with care, however. At a 15% concentration in the air it is explosive.
Solution # 8: Ozone: Be Careful!
This is a tricky one. My friend Gene loaned me his Ozone machine and I feel results. I had it going in the bedroom for some hours, then turned it off at night and opened the window to air out the ozone. Ozone has a reputation as being dangerous to the respiratory system. Consumer Reports refuses to even test air cleaners that produce ozone because of the respiratory effects. Here is Ron, the environmental health consultant, again:
…when you’re putting together info on mould I hope you can include the harmful health effects on people from ozone generation. ‘Air purifiers’ emitting low levels of ozone were sold as providing air purification by destroying odour and removing viruses, bacteria, and mould. These claims were untrue. This kind of air purifier was claimed to imitate nature's way of purifying the air without filters and to sanitize both it and household surfaces. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared that there is "evidence to show that at concentrations that do not exceed public health standards, ozone is not effective at removing many odor-causing chemicals" or "viruses, bacteria, mold, or other biological pollutants." Furthermore, its report states that "results of some controlled studies show that concentrations of ozone considerably higher than these [human safety] standards are possible even when a user follows the manufacturer’s operating instructions." The American government successfully sued one company in 1995, ordering it to stop repeating health claims without supporting scientific studies.
In my work with commercial ozone generation in the water industry I’ve seen the effects of ozone on equipment and structures. Ozone destroys not only the ozone generating equipment in a few months, and other equipment in the room, but the room itself. Nails, metal piping, fixtures, brackets, even the door handles. Hard to believe without seeing the aftermath of ozone exposure. I recognize this is on a much larger scale than home generation equipment, though it will have the same effect, just on a smaller scale and takes longer.
Ozone is a very powerful oxidant, harming lung function and our respiratory system, contributing to asthma, bronchitis, heart attack and other cardiopulmonary symptoms. The O3 reacts so very quickly that it isn’t able to travel much past the generator outlet. Due to all the harmful effects on humans and pets I wouldn’t have an ozone generator in my house.
Ron indicated that when one turns off the ozone machine, it stops producing right away and there was no need to air out the room. So I asked him: What is the smell of ozone that lingers then??? Here is his answer:
That’s a good question Matti.
Ozone is usually produced in home products between two highly charged electrostatic plates. Ambient air is passed between the plates and ozone comes out the discharge tube, and I noticed it does have a ‘disinfectant smell’ but only when I practically pushed the outlet tube up my nose. If ozone is building up so strong you can smell it, then it will be doing damage to your room structure, even with the wall paint and house plants, and will be adversely affecting your health.
Wikipedia reports that most people can detect about 0.01 μmol/mol of ozone in air where it has a very specific sharp odor somewhat resembling chlorine bleach. Exposure of 0.1 to 1 μmol/mol produces headaches, burning eyes, and irritation to the respiratory passages. Even low concentrations of ozone in air are very destructive to organic materials such as latex, plastics, and animal lung tissue.
Ozone is an interesting gas, and useful for commercial use where it is contained, such as disinfecting drinking water, but don’t get close to it. So much better to physically remove the mould rather than to exposure yourself to ozone.
Ron, Environmental Consultant
More On Ozone from Dr. Mercola:
While Dr. Thrasher does not recommend using an ozone generator, other indoor air experts do. Ozone generators essentially generate photocatalytic oxidation that can help destroy airborne Mould. However, Dr. Thrasher strongly cautions against their use, stating that oxidizing an organic chemical of any kind will create free radicals, and he also points out that ozone can be highly irritating to your mucous membranes and lungs.
Personally, I believe the claim that ozone generators facilitate the removal of volatile organics is correct… But do beware that they should not be used when you're in the room at levels higher than the EPA recommends, and they do pose a danger to both plants and pets. However, the ozone dissipates quickly, so after airing the area out for about 20 minutes, it's safe to return.
Keep in mind that this is different from air filtration, as the ozone generator actually purifies the air and neutralizes any odors at the source, on the molecular level.
What NOT To Use: Is This Popular Remedy a Recipe for Disaster?
Do NOT Use Bleach or Ammonia!
If you have just a small area of surface mold, you probably don't have to call in an expert. However, only attempt to clean it if it's limited to the surface of a small area. You cannot "clean" deep-rooted mold. Dr. Thrasher has one word for those of you who have bought into the home-remedy advice to "kill off mold" with ammonia or bleach: Don't.
"What happens is you'll kill the mold but you'll leave the carcass behind," Dr. Thrasher explains. "The carcass will disintegrate and release toxins into the air. So you really went from one problem (mold growth) to another problem; dead mold and the release of all of their toxins… and then once water is reintroduced in the environment, the mold will grow right back to the surface."
Prevention: “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”
That certainly applies here. It is easier to keep a house dry and not get mould than to have to deal with the results of a damp house.
Here are some ideas: From Government of Canada site:
When you see water or moisture act quickly
Check home foundation, walls, windows, roof, plumbing, tubs and sinks for water leaks. If you find a leak or a spill, dry the area and fix the leak.
Check window sills regularly for condensation or moisture, particularly during the cold months. If found, act quickly to dry the wet surface.
Ventilate your home
Turn on an exhaust fan or open a window when showering or cooking. Let the fan run for a few minutes after you are finished.
Check clothes dryer, bathroom and kitchen fans, stoves, and oil or propane heaters to be sure they are vented outside.
Open windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
Did you know?
Controlling moisture and keeping your home dry is the key to preventing and stopping mould growth.
Keep your home warm and ensure good air circulation.
Rooms or areas that become cold can encourage condensation to form and surrounding materials to become damp and mouldy.
Keep furniture and other belongings away from exterior walls to allow warm air to circulate.
Remove items that may cause mould
Reduce the amount of stored materials, especially in the basement and closets.
Throw out wet and badly damaged or musty smelling items.
Do not store firewood inside the home.
Remove carpet in bathroom and basements that are damp.
Avoid storing items in cardboard boxes on basement floors.
Keep your home clean and dry. Clean and dry surfaces that get wet, such as:
Drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator, and dehumidifier.
Washing machine/tub, bathtub/shower, and surrounding walls.
Vacuum carpets and furniture often.
Keep drains in kitchen, bathroom and basement floor clear of debris.
Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers during humid weather, if possible.
Minimize other indoor moisture sources
Avoid hanging laundry to dry indoors when possible. Remove dryer lint after each use.
Don't over-water plants and watch for signs of mould in the plants.
Take out garbage regularly.
Keep your sump pit covered.
Prevent water from entering your home
Install downspout extensions to take rainwater and melted snow away from the home.
Make sure eaves troughs/roof gutters and downspouts are connected and working. Clean and repair regularly.
Make sure the ground slopes away from the home foundation, so that water does not collect around the foundation and enter the home.
Is Mould A Pandemic?
According to Dr. Thrasher, the prevalence of mold in America is so great, he refers to it as pandemic. As many as 40 percent of all American schools and at least 25 percent or more of all homes are believed to be affected by mold and microbial growth due to water intrusion. A large portion of the problem stems from shoddy construction.
He explains: "One thing that I have seen and observed by working with individuals in the field who understand construction, is that construction is extremely poor in the homes we have today. Plus, they're using building materials that are tremendous good food material for the microbes.
When I was a child… all the homes were built with genuine lath and plaster on the inside. [Now] you walk in and knock on any wall and you have what we call wallboard. That wallboard loves and is a good growth medium for all forms of mold. Everyone that I can think of, almost everyone now has carpets. The backside of carpets is also a great growth medium for mold and bacteria.
… The other type of home that I'm seeing that is of tremendous potential problems to the homeowner is homes that are built with a basement… [T]hey put the concrete down, and there is no water barrier between the earth and the concrete wall of the basement.
The same thing with the foundation, there is no water barrier. So when you water your yard, when there are heavy rains and things like this, the moisture… goes right to the foundation and into the basement or underneath the house, and then the moisture wicks up through the home, increasing humidity.
All of that increasing humidity, anything above 60 percent is going to lead to growth of mold and bacteria… People have to be very careful about this situation. That's the reason why I call it a pandemic."
Gutters can also cause problems. You need to be mindful of the drainage from your roof. I didn't realize this myself, and suffered the consequences when one of the gutters on my home drained onto the ground directly beside the wall, and the water seeped straight through to my basement. So you want to make sure the downspout is far enough away from the building. Ideally, it should empty at least 5 to 10 feet from the wall. You also want to take care that the soil next to the walls of your home slopes away from the walls, to prevent water from collecting around the foundation. And make sure your lawn sprinklers do not spray the walls. Other common construction issues that can contribute to water intrusion and subsequent mold proliferation include:
Using polyethylene PVC piping instead of copper or galvanized piping, which can be easily punctured by nails or staples
Bath tubs installed with improper sealing around the drain
Improperly sealed sinks and garbage disposal
Installing particleboard (waferboard) after it has been rained on during construction
If I had mold, the first thing I would do is get a dehumidifier. Without moisture, it can’t grow. It worked like a charm for me in a house I owned and we recently used one at the church to get rid of mold…
b. Venting and Air Circulation
From Shell Busey, thanks to Ken:
Moisture Building Up?
October 24, 2006
It never fails, folks. Every Fall I start getting calls about condensation on windows, mold on the walls in the bedrooms, stains behind bedroom dressers, stains on ceilings and it goes on and on. Some homeowners stress the fact that they have just put in new windows; so why the moisture? Well let it be known you have tightened your home up a few notches so lets go back a few steps.
1. What have you done all summer long to vent you home i.e.: Basement or Crawl Space?
2. What improvements have you made to your home windows, doors, ventilation, siding, roofing, insulation etc.
3. What have you done to compensate for these changes in exhaust ventilation, heat recovery ventilation, continual flow furnace motors ? Oops! None of these? Not even crawlspace or basement ventilation ?
The moisture you are now fighting with in most cases has been with you all summer, locked in the basement or crawlspace waiting for you to start up the heating system. Incidentally, this holds true for those of you who have radiant heat as well. Now, you’re heating air containing moisture, expanding it many times, and now it is looking for a way out of your home. So vent the crawlspace or basement with a Humidex System or use a bathroom fan controlled by a dehumidistat or open a window with your summer furnace blower activated or even use your range hood fan in the kitchen.
When you see signs of moisture you must start venting to reduce the relative humidity to a level below dew point. Purchase a humidity indicator to control moisture levels.
There should be a guide on the dehumidistat for the recommended inside humidity setting that is acceptable for the outside air temperature.
Summer Temperatures = 50% Humidity Setting
0 to -12C = 40% humidity setting
-12 to -18C = 35%
-19 to -25C = 25%
-25 to -30C = 20%
-31 or below = 15%
c. For Boats: Granules to Soak up Moisture and Other Fixes
Simply they are a small container that contains some granules which attract water vapour from the air. I use a unit called a Dri-Z-Air in the boat and in my house, as well I use a multitude of the $1 variety, they are called 'damp trap' and are thrown away when full of water, with the others you can empty the water and add more granules.
If my home, or boat, remained heated over the winter I would use a plug-in dehumidifier, unfortunately they are not effective at lower temperatures.
The long term fix for the house is the installation of a 'mini-split' ductless heat pump (these have been commonplace in motels/hotel rooms for yrs) they have the capacity to heat/cool the house as well as removing moisture and filtering the air. I rec'd a quote for one, installed $4,500. Fact is, I will purchase a unit in the US this year and install it myself, cost about $800.
All this is based on the belief that mold thrives on damp environments. With the heat pump I'll be able to leave it on while away, at a low setting and I believe it will be fairly inexpensive and make the house a lot more healthy when we return…
…the granule containers are generally for closets and boats, cars, RV'S that are left unused during winter.. far better to use an electric dehumidifier in a heated home,
improves air quality and saves energy, easier to feel warm in drier air than a humid environment, less mold.
☞ The Canadian Government and mould expert Dr. John Thrasher agree that mould is a problem.
☞ It appears all mould has dangers, not just "black" mould or Stachybotrys.
☞ It appears mould can cause symptoms and may make allergy symptoms worse.
☞ Bacteria may make mould worse.
☞ With visible mould, we may be able to deal with it by using one or more of the 8 solutions.
☞ With entrenched mould, inside walls for example, we may need to call in experts.
☞ It appears important to take care in choosing a mould remediator.
☞ Bleach or ammonia may make the problem far worse.
☞ Keeping the home below 50% humidity with a dehumidifier is recommended. Less in colder weather.
☞ Ventilation seems to help keep mould from starting.
☞ Prevention appears a lot easier than dealing with it when mould has already started.
Action releases fear. When I realized there might be mould in my home, my imagination ran wild. Not knowing what the effects might be long term can be scary. Noticing health effects like tiredness, itchy skin, baggy and droopy feeling eyes and smelling that musty odour can be debilitating.
Asking for help was empowering. Just admitting that I did not know was a first step to finding out.
Receiving help was humbling. That so many friends and acquiantances would take the time to offer their ideas allowed me to feel treasured and yes, loved. People want to help if you ask. First, I had to ask.
I don't have to be an expert. What became clear in the research is that common sense added to basic knowledge can go a long way.
Be open to learning and to change. I remember when I was a radio operator in Tuktoyaktuk on the north coast of Canada, where the 1,000 mile McKenzie River empties into the Arctic Ocean. I had a problem with one of the radios that was not performing up to snuff. My supervisor from Edmonton visited, smiled, pointed to his nose and said sometimes you just have to sniff it out. He looked in the back of the radio, noticed many wires attached to the ground and said it looks like a few too many wires here. Disconnecting a couple of them and the radio's sound cleared right up, like sunshine breaking through the clouds.
You don't always need a pricey expert. The government of Canada site and Mike Holmes and Shell Busey all note that smaller bit of mould can be taken care of by some simple remedies.
The ozone generator Gene lent me did its job and allowed for better sleeps. For a day and a half I have had the diffuser pumping out Thieves Oil in the bathroom and have now moved it to the bedroom. The toilet tank that Maria drew my attention to had black spots and released a pungent odour when the lid was lifted. Vinegar and some elbow grease seems to have done the trick. Will have to ask the next visiting friend to give a sniff around the house and see if they smell anything musty remaining. Living in the smell of mould, it can be too easy to get used to it and not notice it anymore.
Time will also tell. If the symptoms continue improving, that will be confirmation I am on the right track.
The hygrometer is showing between 50% and 60 % moisture. I will first take Ken's suggestion of granules to suck up moisture in the air. It is the cheaper option. If it works, then no need for a dehumidifier.
Consumer Reports July 2012 edition has reports on the various dehumidifiers that pass muster. Two of them are available in Canada. $250 seems to be the price range.
I am thinking that granules may be a good idea for storage spaces and closets. Also more airing of the house regularly. One suggestion from a Feng Shui point of view (Look it up in your Funk & Wagnalls…er…Google), is to open windows every morning to replace the stagnant "chi" in the house. This would also serve to air out moisture somewhat, depending how close one is to the ocean or a river or lake of course.
If you have other ideas than the ones mentioned in this report, I am open to hearing them and updating. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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