People often feel misled regarding mold, types of mold and the effects on their health due to the conflicting array of information on the internet. What better way to clear up and make a discerning determination than to expand upon what has been issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)?
The following points are a few conclusions and sentiments expounded by the CDPH:
1. The presence of various types of water damage, sodden material, conspicuous mold formation, musty odors from molds indoors (in any type of building) is considered "unhealthy".
2. The identification of the water source is a priority in eradicating any mold issue.
3. The presence of the formerly mentioned (water damage, sodden material and mold) all increase the risk of developing a respiratory condition.
4. At the beginning of the calendar year (1/1/2016), mold is now considered to effect the noted condition of a rental property to that of being 'substandard'. The landlord must enforce remediation to ensure the property is repaired appropriately. For further information on tenants rights, visit the California Tenants guide created by the Department of Consumer Affairs on the California state governments website.
For any further information from the CDPH, feel free to visit the California Department of Public Health's page on mold and your health.
The author of our microbial blog is Fareed Nazaryfar. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry from Newcastle University (United Kingdom). He is also a Certified Mold Inspector, as well as an Environmental Manager-holding an ISO 14001 certification in Environmental Management.
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