Field Guide to Mold & Health Issues

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In 2001, a family in Texas won $32.1 million (later reduced to an amount kept confidential) in a case involving extensive mold damage to their home. Even Erin Brockovich, Michael Jordan, Bianca Jagger and Ed McMahon have experienced mold contamination in their houses. The Governor of North Carolina had to move out of the mold-infested Governor’s Mansion in August 2005. Mold is a health risk for children, adults and even pets. Learn how to avoid mold, how to eliminate mold once it is discovered and the health effects of mold in these articles, book, websites and web videos. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Information Specialist)

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This information guide, created by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), is a quick reference useful for agents to help answers from prospective homeowners and tenants about mold that agents should not attempt to answer on their own.

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A Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home
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This information guide, created by the Environmental Protection Agency, educates consumers with a mold problem about why mold develops in the home, general recommendations for removing it and ways to prevent it from returning.

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Mold Basics

Moldy home?, (Microfungi Research, Truman State University, 2006).

Eliminating and Preventing Mold

Mold Must Go: 6 Things to Know, (Realty Times, Apr. 8, 2008).

5 Tips to Keep Your Home Mold-Free this Spring, (RISMedia, Apr. 2008).

Molds–your safe home, (University of Minnesota Extension Service, 2006).

Mold, moisture and your home, (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 2006).

Toxic mold prevention, (Realty Times, July 25, 2005).

Mold and Health

Mold allergy, (Mayo Clinic, Sept. 29, 2006).

Recovering from mildew, mold and fungi, (Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, June 26, 2006).

Airborne mold spores increase kids’ risk for multiple allergies, (University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, June 14, 2006).

Mold overtakes flooded city in a foul flourish, (USA Today, Sept. 21, 2005).

Attorney wins failure to disclose toxic mold case for seller, (Realty Times, Aug. 21, 2006).

Mold contamination a risk in buildings old and new, (Triangle Business Journal, Aug. 18, 2006).

Toxic mold liability update: Implications of Kilian v. Equity Residential Trust, (The Appraisal Journal, Spring 2006).

Useful Websites

Mold resources, (Environmental Protection Agency, 2006).

Indoor Air Quality Association Mold Resource Links, (, 2006).

Mold in homes, (Minnesota Department of Health, Sept. 12, 2006).

Web resources concerning mold and health, (, 2006).

Head to the Web for help dealing with mold, (REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 15, 2004).

Household mold resource center, (National Association of Home Builders, 2002).

eBooks & Other Resources

The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Mold (Adobe eReader)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central.  Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.  Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.

Mold and Real Estate, (Mason, OH: Thomson South-Western, 2004). TD 883 St8

Damp indoor spaces and health, (Washington, D.C.; National Academies Press, 2004). TD 883 N21

Mold survival guide for your home and for your health, (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004). TD 883 M45

Mold: what every professional real estate manager needs to know, (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2004). TD 883 In7m

Toxic mold: a growing problem for the real estate industry, (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University, Oct. 2002). SF-2005-013

Field Guides & More

These Field Guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Home Inspections


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