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The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health [Kindle Edition]

Connie L. May , Jeffrey C May
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The image was shocking: a couple wearing protective suits and masks in their own home The accompanying USA Weekend story documented the mold-related headaches, fatigue, and respiratory problems that forced Melinda Ballard and Ron Allison to abandon their dream house, leaving all their possessions behind. Another family was so terrified that they had their mold-filled house torn down.Mold growth threatens property managers and builders, as well as home owners and renters. Legal settlements in some mold cases have reached the millions, and home insurance rates are skyrocketing. Some people argue that mold concerns are exaggerated; others are convinced that mold growth is destroying their health.In The Mold Survival Guide, a prominent indoor air quality professional teams up with a writing specialist to describe mold, to explain where and why it flourishes in homes, and to offer advice on how to eradicate mold while minimizing health risks. The book includes a chapter by two physicians who explain how exposure to mold can affect health.With clear scientific explanations and expert advice, The Mold Survival Guide is a valuable resource for anyone worried about a common household problem that can have serious consequences.

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Editorial Reviews

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What molds are, why and where they grow, and how to rid our living spaces of these dangerous fungal microorganisms. The authors furnish clear explanations, examples from actual situations, and valuable advice... A storehouse of knowledge presented in a readable style.

(Library Journal 2004)

Mold is a hot issue today, but the problem dates back to biblical times. Jeffrey May, author of My House is Killing Me, is a recognized authority on indoor pollution who focuses here on mold—how it prospers, how it affects one's health, and how it can be remediated.

(Science News )

Their handbook delivers both scientific explanations and expert advice. The most common problems can be headed off or corrected once the homeowner understands the life cycle of mold. That alone is worth the price of the book.

(Boston Globe Magazine )

A good job on a subject most of us would find less than stimulating... Were I actively listing and selling homes, I would keep this book handy as a reference and I would take every opportunity to see how the issue is playing out at the local level. Home inspectors would obviously be a great source of information, both academic and practical.

(Dr. Kenneth W. Edwards Real Estate Professional )

The Mold Survival Guide details mold problems and eradication methods and includes photographs—some in color—that show what water damage and mold infestation look like.

(Jim Watkins Washington Times )

Mold. It's a scary, mystifying and shudder inducing word... The Mays explore what mold is, where and why it grows, how it flourishes, and how it may or may not cause health problems. Readers learn how to identify mold, how to prevent it from spreading and when to call an expert.

(Baltimore Sun )

Recommended particularly for concerned homeowners and renovation architects, The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health outlines the causes of moisture problems in old and new buildings... Leading you through his most tried-and-true forensic methodologies, Jeff May gives you the tools to root out the causes of the bedeviling musty odors that have forced homeowners to flee their homes.

(Courtney Miller ArchitectureBoston )

This book will help you make sensible decisions and cut through the 'fear factor' language in a lot of advertising.

(Holly Hayes San Jose Mercury News )

[May] brings real-world experience with the scientific understanding to match. That is a rare combination. The book is a good read for the lay individual concerned about mold, the parent with a child with asthma, chronic sinusitis, or chronic non-seasonal allergy. It is also a good read for mold professionals of limited experience and those planning to enter the profession.

(Thad Godish, PhD, C.I.H., Ball State University )

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"[May] brings real-world experience with the scientific understanding to match. That is a rare combination. The book is a good read for the lay individual concerned about mold, the parent with a child with asthma, chronic sinusitis, or chronic non-seasonal allergy. It is also a good read for mold professionals of limited experience and those planning to enter the profession." -- Thad Godish, PhD, C.I.H., Ball State University


Product Details

  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (April 22, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00578Y6H8
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Buyer with Allergies July 12, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I think everyone who has a mold allergy should read this book. There is so much misinformation about this subject. Armed with this knowledge, I now know when home inspectors, realtors etc. are telling the truth. I also know what level of moisture and water damage in a basement that I'm willing to tolerate. Now I can buy a home with confidence that I won't be surprised when I move in. I feel much better able to identify moisture problems as well as assess whether the problems are repairable. The book also connects the home owner with so many resources for testing, remediation etc. I'm not a scientist, but I was able to get the message because there are so many pictures in the book. You will know what you are looking for after reading it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mold Survival Guide September 7, 2004
Format:Paperback
This book written by long time professional home inspector Jeff May and his writer spouse Connie is a good introduction to mold problems in buildings, particularly homes. It combines an excellent narrative writing style, and unusual for a book that should appeal to many lay readers, a strong scientific understanding of mold, its growth requirements, its effects on human health, its detection in indoor spaces and ultimately its control. Jeff who I have known for over 20 years brings to this book many years (and of course many investigated buildings) of real-world experience with the scientific understanding to match. That is a rare combination. The book is a good read for the lay individual concerned about mold, the parent with a child with asthma, chronic sinusitis, or chronic non-seasonal allergy. It is also a good read for mold professionals of limited experience and those planning to enter the profession.

Thad Godish, Ph.D., C.I.H., Professor of Natural Resources/Environmental Management, Ball State University, Muncie, In. 47304 [...]
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calm and Information Guide April 6, 2006
Format:Paperback
Despite the name "survival guide" I found this a calm and informative guide to environmental mold issues. It explained in an understandable way the scientific issues around mold such as what mold is, how it can be a health hazard, and more importantly how mold is not some sort of invisible killer, but something that requires certain conditions to become a problem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tips on prevention are particularly well done May 12, 2005
Format:Paperback
Mold growth is a wide-ranging problem only recently receiving recognition in the process: turn to the The Mold Survival Guide For Your Home And For Your Health for significantly more depth and advice than any ordinary newspaper article could offer. Indoor air quality professional teams join a writing specialist to describe different types of molds and how to eradicate them while maintaining health. Tips on prevention are particularly well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's more than mold August 17, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I am a Certified Microbial Consultant (mold inspector) and a board member of the American Indoor Air Quality Council. I have this book in my library as a reference. It's quite comprehensive.

Jeffrey has done a god job. It's written for the lay person but also contains a lot of technical information (and technically correct information). The publisher is John Hopkins University. So it's a good read for the academics.

A good, comprehensive book for those who need to know about mold.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avoiding mold damage to your health and wealth July 1, 2004
Format:Paperback
This book provides clear and practical information to help you protect your health and your property from being damaged or destroyed by mold.
Mold is not just stinky and ugly. It has adversely affected the health of many people, especially those who are allergic to mold. Mold spores irritate the respiratory system and weaken the immune system's ability to remove particles from the lungs and to kill cancer cells.
Mold has made some buildings uninhabitable and uninsurable. Mortgage lenders avoid loaning money for the purchase of any building with significant mold infestations. Some families have already lost their home, including all of their equity, due to mold.
Jeffrey and Connie May have succeeded in providing practical wisdom gained from actually solving serious problems in homes and other buildings. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to solve and/or avoid mold problems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote to Mold Allergies February 10, 2008
By Linda
Format:Paperback
If you have serious mold allergies, and are motivated to create a relatively mold-free haven in your home, this is a great book. By using this book to track down some minor mold issues, I have been able to noticeably improve my health. Engaging and readable, but detailed enough to address specific situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and informative June 2, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is full of useful information and a good read. I was amazed and pleased to finally find the information I was looking for. Excellent guide for anyone with mold issues trying to find the source of mold in their home and fix it. Very glad I purchased this book.

ERMI tests of dust samples from my apartment showed a high burden of mold, including a small amount of the dreaded black mold species (stachybotrys chartarum). My Doctors knew a lot about the new, EPA developed ERMI test but none of the local mold experts knew anything about it. One asked me to spell it for him! I couldn't find anyone who could advise me on what to do about my apartment.

After reading the book, I was able to get a phone consult with the author, Jeff Mays. He is the only person I found who was knowledgeable of both the ERMI, biological view of mold problems and the remediation, construction side. He was able to tell me how to clean & seal my apartment so I could return. Unfortunately the book was written before the ERMI test came out (2007 I think) so it is not covered in it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide
Jeff is a consummate mold expert and this book is clearly worth reading. Talking with Jeff in person, however, is even better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful guide when in mid crisis
We had to go through two rounds of mold remediation at our house because the first time around I really knew nothing about it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars from library to home
This book is a must read for anyone that lives in any kind of dwelling. Molds, and more, can be anywhere and everywhere. And they can make you sick. Read more
Published 14 months ago by patarnone
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Explanation of Building Constuction and Maintainence Causes...
The Mold survival Guide for Your Home and for Your Health provides a very thorough, comprehensive discussion of hidden sources of indoor water damage. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Book Mold Survival Guide
This 2004 book written by Jeffrey May who has years of expertise in the field of quality air management is a fascinating read for anyone concerned about mold in their home. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by Newfiegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative Guide
The Mold Survival Guide is a thoughtful and thorough guide to a genuinely difficult problem facing many homeowners. Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by pfhurt
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