Mold Facts and Statistics - Don't Play Dice with your Health

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"God doesn't play dice with the universe" ...and you shouldn't play dice with your health.

I love that quote from Albert Einstein and it got me thinking about how we put our health at risk almost every day. There are toxins in the air, in the car, in certain jobs that we can't help but breathe but those in our house we try to contain and eliminate ifmold statistics possible. Here are some interesting facts you may want to know, for you, your sellers and your buyers.

  * According to Farmers Insurance there has been a 1,100 increase in mold related claims over the past decade. I believe more folks are realizing the harm mold can do. Many times allergies in general were related but more studies show that these symptoms only happen in the home. www.farmers.com

  * According to the Mayo Clinic 93% of Chronic Sinus Infections have been attributed to mold. As we breathe in the spores that float through the air, that mold can actually grow in our sinus cavities and lungs. www.mayoclinic.com

  * According to USA Weekend there has been a 300% increase in Asthma over the past 20 years. Is this from improper diagnosis in the past or simply more health issues in the home? Perhaps both. Mold has always been an issue and with so many new homes being built the effects of mold in new home owners can increase.  www.usaweekend.com

  * According to CNN Money over 30% of brand new homes built have mold of some form in them. The construction precautions taken to alleviate these issues is not as stringent with track built type homes where there is an assembly line type of project. One home can sit for days or weeks soaking up moisture before the next crew comes in for their part of the project. www.money.cnn.com

  * According to the American Bar Association there has been a 200% increase in defect mold litigation in construction over the past 5 years  www.abanet.org

  * According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 100% of all types of mold have the potential to cause some health effects. This can be minor to severe and even death in some rare cases.www.epa.gov

These are not my numbers but straight from the statistics on every one of these reputable sources. Care should be taken if there has been standing water, untreated moisture issues or full blown mold problems in a home, car or anywhere you might be breathing in confined fumes. Its not to alarm you or scare you, it's simply the facts.

Be sure to contact a certified mold inspector if you suspect any issues in a home you are buying, or home you are selling. This can cause great health problems if not treated properly.

 

 

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Robert Butler
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Dave I know you blog about mold frequently. It's your thing and it's important. Mold and allergies have a close relationship. In this blog you mentioned the car. It's another confined space.

If you notice allergic reactions when in or just after being in the car for anytime, don't ignore it. I'm sure Dave knows about this, it's everyone else who need to pay attention to it.

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Robert, 

We just got through doing a car that had water damage and then got mold damage.  The client left his windows open and we have to remove everything from the car, clean and put back in.  It was an insurance claim and the client had State Farm Insurance.  The policy holder was happy and so was State Farm.  Woo hoo.

Great point by the way Robert.  Some folks can get real sick from mold while others do not seem to get as sick or the mold may not bother them as much.

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