Michael discusses what mold is and why it's harmful when it's in our homes. The idea that "mold is ubiquitous" and therefore is just a thing that happens in homes, isn't exactly true. Any mold in a home should be treated the same and removed as soon as possible. They also discuss the ability of some species of mold to produce microscopic toxins called mycotoxins. These particles can also cause adverse health reactions to those exposed.
When it comes to determining if a home has mold, Michael lists a few aspects to look for, including his favorite 30-second trick. At the end of the day, though, a mold inspection is the best way to determine what the mold situation is within a home. When it comes to choosing an inspector, certain questions need to be asked to ensure they're the right person for the job. Michael and Emma discuss what these should entail as well as questions to ask a remediation company.
If remediation isn't an option at the moment, Michael discusses a few ways individuals can work to remove the mold particles and toxins from their environment until they're able to hire a professional to come in and complete the job.
About Emma Rohmann:
Emma Rohmann is a mom of two and an environmental engineer with a decade of experience in the green building field. She helps parents and parents-to-be make healthier choices by providing practical and judgement-free advice, support, and product recommendations.
About Michael Rubino
Michael Rubino, Author of The Mold Medic: An Expert's Guide on Mold Removal, is the authority on mold remediation. As President of HomeCleanse, Rubino specializes in working with people who are immunocompromised or have acute and sustained reactions to mold exposure. Rubino provides solutions that not only get rid of mold sources, but also get rid of the contamination created by those mold sources using his proprietary “Home Detox” method. He is a council certified Mold Remediator by IICRC and ACAC and a contributing member, sponsor, and speaker for the Indoor Air Quality Association.