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Manufactured Home Mold and
Also read: Mobile Home Mold
I am writing concerning a mold problem in my home. I bought a new
manufactured home in March of 2002. A few months ago we found in the
back corner of a closet a large patch of mold. (I have attached
pictures) It has appeared to have come from a leak in the roof where a
installation mistake was made when my home was assembled. Or
around the fireplace chimney when they put it on. We called the
manufacturer of the home and they told us it was probably because of an
installation mistake. To put bleach on it and call the retailer I called
them and they told me that they only handled problems after just a
couple of months. To call the manufacturer so we are getting the run
around. My wife and has suffered from severe chronic sinusitis since we
moved in the home and until now we did not know what was causing it and
all of the other members of my family also including myself have
suffered. But my wife's problem has been horrible. We have had
medical test run numerous trips to the doctor. What should I do?
A. Your mold photo's
illustrate very serious mold infestation growth, from which airborne
mold spores are being thrown into the air to mold cross contaminate your
entire manufactured home and its heating/cooling system and to make your
family sick, like the serious medical problems being experienced by your
wife as a consequence of living in mold. Would you be so kind as to
grant me permission to use your excellent photographs on my mold
websites without mentioning your name to protect your privacy and
confidentiality? You need to also document the serious mold health
threat either with a
Certified Mold Inspector, or with our do it yourself
mold test kits available from a large hardware, home improvement, or
safety store.. With your good photo's and mold test results in hand, you
should then send a certified letter with copies of said mold problem
proof to the retailer, the manufacturer, the local building inspector,
the local health department, your local and state government agencies
which license the retailer to do business in your area and state [like a
mobile home/manufactured home dealer license requirement at the state
level], and local news media. Learn possible legal remedies by reading
our in-depth ebook Mold Legal Guide, available from our online
mold products catalog, and by consulting with a local real estate
attorney.. Learn the ten steps for safe and effective
I recently purchased a new manufactured home (my first one). Last
week we had an unusual rain storm and rain entered the vent on the
outside wall of the garage. The rain seeped down through the
insulation and drained on the floor of the garage. I'm concerned
that we may be at risk for mold. We are still under warrantee and
the manufacture said that he would probe the wall to see if the
insulation was still wet. My question is, will this probe suffice
or does this require additional inspection/action?
hope you have corrected whatever problem was wrong that enabled
water to enter through the vent. A probe inspection is
inadequate if it does not enable the inspector to use fiber
optics to see inside the walls and ceilings. The inside of
walls, ceilings, and floors that got wet for more than 24 hours
need to be inspected visually for mold growth with a fiber
optics inspection device. In addition, air samples for mold
testing purposes will need to be taken from [drawn by air
pump] all affected interior wall, ceiling, and floor cavities.
You need the services of a
Certified Mold Inspector. If you value your family's health, do not accept a
second-rate inspection by the manufacturer of your home.
You also need to know
how seriously and where your home is mold contaminated. Your
first step to solve the problem is to mold test the air of each
room, basement, crawl space, attic, and the outward air flow
from each heating/cooling duct register for the possible
presence of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in
comparison to an outdoor mold control test. Elevated mold levels
signify a possible serious mold infestation problem and health
threat. Use do it yourself mold test kits available from a
large hardware, home improvement, or safety store.
To know how to do mold remediation safely and effectively,
Q. About 10 years ago my elderly parents had a modular home installed
on their property and within 4 years mold started appearing on the ceilings and
medicine cabinet. Ten years later it is terrible. One room had a ceiling that is almost black. I had
no knowledge of this until March when my terminally ill sister was moved there.
When she died in May my mom gave me some of her things, which I put in the
garage. Yesterday I went out and was going to sort them and the mold smell was
terrible!! What should I do to help them...seems they haven't done anything
about it, even though everyone is telling them it is deadly! Is this going to
contaminate my garage. Also I have a TV I loaned
my sister to use. Should I keep it out of my house?
A. You need to find a mold safe place for your parents
to live temporarily while their home is completely mold inspected and mold remediated. With he large
amount of visible mold,
the house probably contains even more mold hidden above the
ceiling, in walls, floors, heating/air conditioning ducts, crawl
space beneath the home, and in their personal possessions. Do
not move any of their possessions or clothing to their temporary
residence until all such items have been effectively mold
decontaminated in accordance with the very precise instructions
provided in the in depth book
Mold Health Book
As far as the items received that belonged to your deceased
sister, leave them in the garage until they have been safely and
completely mold decontaminated---or throw them away. After you
have moved your parents to mold-safe quarters, hire a
Certified Mold Inspector to completely inspect and mold test the home. With as much
visible mold as there is already in the modular home, and the
extra difficulties of removing mold from a modular home, it is
very possible that mold remediation can cost more than the home
is even worth.
Q. We are
in the process of purchasing a pre-fabricated mobile home. It is a
wooden structure that sat on a lot for 5 months in two pieces before it
was moved to our property. We have discovered that the house is infested
with carpenter ants and there are large water stains under the
carpeting. Would this be evidence of black mold? We are scheduled to
close on the house and need to make sure we are protected.
A. The mobile home's water stains are an indication of a possible serious water problem, and, therefore, of a possible of a potential mold infestation. You should have the water stain tested, the air inside the manufactured homes, the heating and
air conditioning system inspected and inspected by a
Inspector. Don't close on the purchase of this manufactured home without knowing whether you are buying a manufactured mold hell.
Mold Victim Rights Association
Are you a
because you are:
1. Working in a moldy workplace?
2. Renting a moldy rental house, apartment, condo, office, or commercial
3. Sick from staying in a moldy hotel, motel, or resort room?
4. Living in a moldy home purchased from a seller or new home builder
who failed to disclose known mold infestations?
5. Having a water intrusion or mold damage problem caused by an
adjoining condominium, co-op apartment, or your home owners association?
6. Making mortgage payments to a lender for a moldy house, condo, or
7. Being unable to pay for needed mold remediation because your
insurance company has wrongfully denied your water or mold damage
8. Living or working in a moldy house or building that was improperly or
incompletely mold remediated by a mold remediation company?
9. Sick from living or working in a building water and mold damaged by a
negligent building contractor such as a roofing, plumbing, or air
10. Attending school or teaching or working in a school that is
Get mold justice by joining the
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cell phone (480) 310-7970, or email
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