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Q. We have found black mold in my
parents' house, which will be torn down and a new house built on the lot.
Will there be any complications in the tear down process? [December 15,
2004] A. You will need to use all safety
remediation procedures explained at
Mold Removal to protect the health of
the workers and of people living in nearby homes [to which massive numbers
of airborne mold spores might travel in air currents from an improperly
mold-demolished building]. Those risks, of course, are not only
environmental risks but also serious legal liability risks to consider.
Better safe than sorry in how the moldy home is demolished. One of the
most effective demolition alternatives for a moldy home or building would
be to have the fire department burn down the house so that no workers are
exposed to mold contamination, and so that the fire kills all mold spores
resident in the home. Regardless of your demolition method, be sure you
obtain a demolition permit from the appropriate city or county building
permit office.---Phillip Fry,
consultant, Certified Mold Inspector