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Field Guide to Mold and Health Issues

(Updated March 2014)

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, books, websites, and videos. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)


Products From the Store

The Facts About Mold
Item #141-30

The Facts About Mold is an informational guide created by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). This quick reference is useful for agents to help answer questions from prospective homeowners and tenants about mold that agents should not attempt to answer on their own.

A Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home
Item #141-24

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.

Order online or by calling NAR's Information Central at 1-800-874-6500.


Mold Basics

Mold: Frequently Asked Questions, (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, June 26, 2013).

Notable mold verdicts, (Sacramento Business Journal, Mar. 29, 2013).

Mold in my home—what do I do?, (California Department of Public Health, July 2012).

Mold, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.).

Frequently asked questions about mold, (National Association of REALTORS® Legal Department, Letter of the Law, n.d.).


Eliminating & Preventing Mold

Avoiding mold hazards in your water-damaged home, (LSU Ag Center, Jan. 6, 2014).

Asthma triggers: Mold—10 ways to prevent mold growth, (American Lung Association, Feb. 11, 2013).

Mold in your home—cleaning options, (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Sept. 6, 2012).

How to inhibit mold growth, (Mother Nature Network, Apr. 30, 2012).

Removing mold from your home, (FEMA, June 14, 2012).


Mold & Health

Mold, (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Oct. 31, 2013).

Health effects of mold, (The Weather Channel, n.d.).

Mold,  (North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Feb. 21, 2013).

Mold and dampness,  (American Lung Association, 2012).

Allergies health center,  (WebMD, May 9, 2012).


Useful Websites

Mold resources, (Environmental Protection Agency, September 4, 2012).

Mold and moisture, (Environmental Protection Agency, June 30, 2010).

Mold remediation guidelines, (NC State University, Environmental Health & Public Safety Center, n.d.).


eBooks & Other Resources

eBooks.realtor.org

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

Great Communication Secrets of Great Leaders, (Adobe PDF eBook)

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

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