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       Q. (Feb. 20, 2012) Hello, i live in an apartment. A few weeks ago my stackable washer leaked. Its in a small closet next to a coat closet. I had some boxes in there and moved one today and discovered mold. I call my apt maintenance and he came and looked at it and told us to put a fan on it and he would be back tomorrow to handle it. To me that doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do. I asked if i needed to put cleaner on it and he said no. I googled and from the looks of it, it is the toxic black mold. My daughter has asthma and i am 7 months pregnant and I’m just stuck and really don’t know what to do. He said he would be back tomorrow but my concern is my daughter and my unborn child!! Please help!
A. As to the appearance of your mold infestation, if the mold is wet-looking and slimy-looking, it might be the deadly Stachybotrys mold which grows well in a water leak area such as you have now in the washing machine closet. You are wise to worry about the health of your asthma-stricken child and your unborn fetus. Exposure to mold infestation worsens asthma conditions and can harm your fetus and future new-born child. Please read the ten steps for safe and effective mold removal on a do it yourself basis at Mold Removal. Also, please read three of my mold advice ebooks: (1) Mold Health Guide; (2) Mold Home Remedy Recipes; and (3) Do It Best Yourself MOld Inspection, Testing, Remediation, and Prevention, only $15 each for email attachment delivery to you from Most landlords don't care about tenants' mold health problems, and they lack the training and desire to do mold remediation properly. Read about landlord mold liability at Landlord Mold Liability.  The recommended fan step will only serve to spread airborne mold spores through out your apartment.  Open your windows and use large fans to exhaust indoor outward to reduce the concentration of airborne mold spores. Until you have done good mold remediation of the moldy closet, keep the closet door shut and tape a piece of plastic over the entire doorway to keep airborne mold spores from escaping in your breathing air.

       Q. Our offices at work are located in the basement. The basement has no ventilation system, it is re-circulated air. There are various odors, including sanitary sewer gas, paint, cleansing agents, etc. The offices have been flooded several times; mold and mildew may be growing in the ceilings, walls, carpeting, etc. (the carpets dry themselves after flooding; the maintenance department has made no effort to clean up the flooding or shampoo the carpets; however, they have changed the ceiling blocks.) All of the employees have complained of various problems, including frequent colds, headaches, sinus problems, sore throats, upset stomachs, fatigue, etc. In March of 2003 I became pregnant with our second child. In May, an ozone air purifier was installed at work. When they turned it on, it smelled immediately. By Monday, the smell was terrible. I had just found out I was pregnant, so I went and complained, and they moved me out of the basement. However, at 9 weeks I had a miscarriage. The ultrasound showed that the baby had only been developed to 6 weeks. I was 6 weeks pregnant when the ozone air purifier was installed, and I was exposed to the smell all day. I contacted the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and they told me that ozone is not safe. With fetuses, ozone can cause fetal toxicity, abnormalities, and developmental problems, etc. In addition, the ozone can mix with other things in the air and cause even more hazardous conditions. Do you think that the ozone, mold, or other things in my work environment could have caused my miscarriage? I believe that if the ozone or mold itself did not cause the miscarriage, the air purifier could have "shaken up" and made air-borne whatever is down in the basement. All that they have tested for at this point is carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and relative humidity. High levels of carbon dioxide have been found. (The air conditioning was on at the time they conducted the tests, so that is probably why the humidity was ok.) I know that they can also test for mold, but at this point they seem reluctant to do so. They are planning on fixing the flooding problems and replacing some of the carpeting, so they think that the problem will be solved. However, I still feel that the place should be tested further. Do you think my work environment could have caused the miscarriage? Besides mold, what other tests should be conducted?

        A.  There is plenty of anecdotal accounts of the problems of mold on pregnancy such as causing miscarriages and birth defects, but there is no detailed medical study that has ever been done on the link between mold and pregnancy problems. In view of the very adverse situation you have had to work in [extensive mold contamination and exposure to dangerous ozone], you ought to find out your legal rights from an environmental attorney and by reading the in depth mold advice ebook Mold Legal Guide. Prior to seeing an attorney, you need to get mold test results that document the mold problem at work. Use do it yourself mold test kits to test the air in the basement work area and the outward air flow out of each heating/cooling duct register in the basement to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to an outdoor mold control test.

        Q. Does any one have any answers regarding mold in unborn children? We had a severe mold problem at our place of employment last October three women pregnant, all three children have birth defects. [Sept. 9, 2004]
A. Because people's concern about indoor mold problems has only arisen in the past few years, there are not yet any published health studies that document a link between mold exposure at work or in the home to birth defects and miscarriages. But there are many medical doctors who are very concerned about such a link, as well as many ladies [exposed to serious mold contamination] who have actually experienced miscarriages and/or birth defects in their newborns. The anecdotal experiences are very persuasive, as is the sad happening in your moldy workplace w  here all three pregnant women gave birth to children with birth defects. My recommendation to ladies is that if they are planning on having a baby, or are otherwise already pregnant, they they should use do it yourself mold test kits  available from a large hardware, home improvement, or safety store, or hire a Certified Mold Inspector to mold test the air of each room, attic, basement, crawl space, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register in BOTH their home and workplace for the possible presence of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to an outdoor mold control test. If there are elevated levels or if there is visible mold growth [which should be mold analyzed for mold lab mold species identification], a woman planning on having a baby, or a pregnant lady, should find an alternative, mold-safe place to live and/or to work. Don't move clothing or personal property from a moldy location to somewhere else without first doing mold decontamination of all such items to avoid mold cross contamination of where you move to.

       Q. I'm trying to find some information about my office.  It smells like musky, moldy smell.  They had a flood before and still have the same carpet.  They never had it professionally cleaned since they had the water in there.  I've had a miscarriage and I am now pregnant again and trying to find out it this could be a big danger, or what I should do.  Any input would be great. [Sept. 9, 2004]
A. Living or working in mold contamination is very risky for your health and for the life and health of your baby. To avoid another miscarriage, you need to stop work immediately in that moldy office. If you smell mold, there is a BIG mold problem. You can document the extent of the mold health threat to you and your baby by using either do it yourself mold test kits available from a large hardware, home improvement, or safety store, to mold test thoroughly your office and your home, or hire a Certified Mold Inspector.  When you have mold growing inside your body [because you breathed in airborne mold spores, or ingested moldy foods or drank moldy drinks, or had open wounds into which airborne mold spores landed in], the mold will grow and thrive well by eating your body from the inside out. Mold spores and mold growth will enter your blood stream to travel via the umbilical cord to mold contaminate your growing fetus. The mold Stachybotrys destroys brain tissue. Most molds are very destructive of the respiratory system. Aspergillus is a known cancer-causer.

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