In part two of this podcast, we discuss how many individuals have been impacted by mold exposure and how it’s still a topic not often discussed. Katie said that most of the doctors she worked with during her mold exposure experience never mentioned it.
We’re not identifying the root causes of what’s making us sick; we’re just prescribed medications and sent on our way. It’s puzzling as well considering that other indoor factors like asbestos exposure is something doctors know to look for and treat.
To create more discussions and changes regarding mold and exposure, we need to focus on educational material and bringing more public discussion about the topic. Talking about the issue more will also highlight how important mold prevention is for homes and getting a home checked more often. Kind of like a mold physical.
All American Restoration just rolled out a Home Wellness Inspection to tackle this exact issue.
As for remediation costs, we go over the various steps to take when looking at a treatment bill.
One of the dangers of indoor mold is how small the particles are. With humans taking around 20,000 breaths a day, we constantly breathe in X amount of particles a day from the air inside our homes. When molds and toxins establish in your home, even more particles are in the air that we’re breathing in. That’s a huge tax on the human body and often causes symptoms we don’t even realize.
HVAC’s are a huge part of helping filter out these particles. We go over their importance, how mold loves HVAC’s, and how to ensure their running properly.
Another mold exposure problem is removing the particles from belongings. Again, they’re small! They can land on couches, clothes, kitchen utensils, etc. That makes cleaning after a mold problem particularly difficult. Cleaning these items isn’t always possible, but for items like clothing, using proper cleaning products and cleaning them 3-4 times usually works. Keeping more items that are less porous will be much more helpful in keeping mold exposure to a minimum.
Mold Exposure and Health
We chat about Michael’s experience with individuals with illnesses and how they often relate back to environmental factors like indoor mold exposure. Some of those effects and illnesses include chemical sensitivity, mast cell activation syndrome, respiratory distress, Hochimotos, and more “mysterious illnesses.”
When you give them a safe environment to heal in, their bodies can start to focus on the inside problems instead of being bombarded by outside factors.
We also go over common myths associated with mold, like using bleach and fogging to treat mold.
About Steve and Katie Keene:
Steve and Katie have dealt with many challenges. Being a special needs family presents many complex challenges to family life. As they overcame these challenges, they realized that their favorite times were those when they were sharing their successes with other people, and they were sharing what they had done to help themselves. That is why they are excited to share the things that they have learned on their journey through marriage, parenting, special needs parenting, and a life that ties all these things together. Each week they are going to give insight to systems that you can use to deal with grief, improve your health, enhance your relationships, and stabilize your finances.
About Michael Rubino
Michael Rubino, The Mold Medic, is the authority on mold remediation. As President of All American Restoration, Rubino specializes in working with people who are immunocompromised or have acute and sustained reactions to mold exposure. Rubino provides solutions that not only get rid of mold sources, but also get rid of the contamination created by those mold sources using his proprietary “Home Detox” method. He is a council certified Mold Remediator by IICRC and ACAC and a contributing member, sponsor, and speaker for the Indoor Air Quality Association.