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The Mold Survival Guide

For Your Home and for Your Health

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.

About the Authors

Jeffrey C. May is certified as a microbial consultant and an indoor air quality professional. He is principal scientist at May Indoor Air Investigations LLC, where he specializes in identifying the causes of mold, odor, and moisture problems in homes, schools, and offices. In 2018, he was inducted into the Indoor Air Quality Association's Hall of Fame. He is the author of My House Is Killing Me! A Complete Guide to a Healthier Indoor Environment, 2nd edition and My Office is Killing Me! The Sick Building Survival Guide, both published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Connie L. May is a certified indoor air quality technician at May Indoor Air Investigations LLC. Together, they are the coauthors of Jeff May's Healthy Home Tips: A Workbook for Detecting, Diagnosing, and Eliminating Pesky Pests, Stinky Stenches, Musty Mold, and Other Aggravating Home Problems.

Reviews

"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

"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

"A timely, helpful—and even entertaining—contribution to a field that demands attention."—Architecture Boston, reviewing a previous edition

"Asthma and allergy sufferers, this book is essential reading. It will answer all your questions about why you suffer in your home and what you can do to prevent it and will serve for years to come as the definitive guide to establishing disease-free living environments."—Library Journal, reviewing a previous edition

"This is the best book I've read in years. I couldn't put it down . . . It painlessly educates the reader about problem houses."—The Mold Reporter, reviewing a previous edition

"Very helpful for finding the factors which worsen your asthma. Five out of five stars for this book."—WebMD, reviewing a previous edition

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Other Titles by Jeffrey C. May

My House Is Killing Me!, second edition

Jeffrey C. May and Connie L. May - foreword by Jonathan M. Samet, MD, and Elizabeth Matsui, MD, MHS
Dec 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$54.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
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Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips

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My Office Is Killing Me!

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Dec 2020 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$54.95 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$24.95 USD - Electronic book text

Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips

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May 2008 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

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