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Ineffective mold detection methods, killers, treatments & products to avoid:

This article describes ineffective or even possibly harmful procedures and products that are marketed to "kill mold" or "prevent mold" - things that you should avoid any time, including when cleaning a building after it has been flooded.

Our photograph shows Randy the jumping mold dog pulling down a sample of mold-suspect fiberglass insulation from a basement ceiling. But for this extensive toxic black mold reservoir in a New York City high rise apartment Randy could have stayed home - no sniffing was needed to report that mold contamination was visible over a large area.

Sprays, fogging, or ozone will not be effective remedies for the mold contaminated insulation being fetched from the ceiling by Randy.



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Ineffective Methods Used to Detect Mold in buildings

Photo of Moldy drywall in a basement following a modest 6 inch flooding event

Limitations of Mold Sniffing Dogs

Telescoping mold sniffing dog elevator to permit inspecting ceilings and upper wall areas for hidden mold contamination (C) InspectApedia.comSome mold investigators use dogs trained to respond to mold odors - usually gases produced by MVOC's. Indeed there is ample evidence that some dogs can be trained to sniff out certain compounds.

But there are limitations to the effectiveness and comprehensiveness of mold sniffing dog mold surveys of buildings that in my OPINION your money might be better spent on an inspection for building leaks and water damage.

Randy the mold sniffing dog has to wear a muzzle or he goes crazy ripping out insulatin (C) Daniel Friedman

Mold sniffing dog wearing stilts waiting to enter a  home where he is expected to sniff out mold contamination in ceilings - original source: celebritydachund.com  - at InspectApedia.com

Above: a dog of limited height might be asked to wear stilts to enable him to sniff out hidden mold reservoirs up near the ceiling. Image adapted from celebritydachsund.com. [Click to enlarge any image] Notice the worried expression on this mold dog's face? He's still practicing using stilts, starting with a junior set. he hasn't yet gone inside the moldy home. But he's thinking about it.

Ineffective or Unreliable Products and Procedures Sold for Detecting, Killing, or Removing Mold

Photo of Moldy drywall in a basement following a modest 6 inch flooding event

If your building has been flooded, this website provides an easy to understand guide for flood damage assessment, setting priorities of action, safety, and we provide special information about avoiding or minimizing mold damage.

Our FLOOD RESPONSE CHECKLIST lists key actions you should take after building flooding to minimize mold damage, and includes some safety warnings.

We also list after-flood "anti-mold" /mold/Ineffective_Mold_Cleaners.phpctive.htm">procedures that do not work or are unsafe - to help you avoid unnecessary expense in dealing with mold after a building flood.

If your building is already moldy or if you suspect mold related illness in your building, we link to a step by step MOLD ACTION GUIDE dealing with toxic or allergenic indoor mold and other indoor contaminants: when and how to inspect or test for mold, when to hire an expert, how to clean up a moldy area, when and how to perform post-remediation mold testing.

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