The real issues of building related illness, mould exposure and decontamination
We have been engaged in mould removal and decontamination for over 30 years and two issues have developed in recent years which make professional mould decontamination unaffordable to most. Many expect to throw away all contents, clothing and furniture and some even fear they have to demolish their homes. Some have lived with debilitating illness for years and some simply give up and believe they are incurable. Worst still their families often don't believe their buildings make them sick, not least when they are not affected themselves.
The reality of mould illness
The worlds population has 20% genetically susceptible to some moulds and that's a medical fact (ref WHO). Some people have difficulty in ridding their bodies of mycotoxins and inflammagens and they reach a trigger point where Chronic fatigue, brain fog, and flu like symptoms (etc) overwhelm them. Medical treatment often fails if the susceptible person is living with or continuously exposed to the inflammatory triggers. Many will now try DIY decontamination, use GOOGLE to find "experts" and many eventually throw everything away and some even live in a tent.
The two most important factors of mould illness were known 4000 years ago
No its not rocket science, in fact the best way of mould remediation was written 4000 years ago in Leviticus 13-15 Old Testament. "Fix the leak and clean away" Unfortunately we no longer live in stone buildings and fixing and decontamination isn't so simple. As a professional Indoor Environmental Hygienist I have been part of many industry consensus documents, mainly in USA and professional remediation of a home can usually only be afforded by the very wealthy and the process can take months from start to finish.
The following two approaches are shown as examples but only one is recommended
Medically Safe decontamination
There is a need for professional decontamination to a standard identified as medically safe. This usually entails gutting the property, disposing of porous contents and meticulous fine particle cleaning. These projects usually take months and cost well into 6 figures and are usually only requested only by very wealthy clients. Surface and air testing is a continuous process and clients who request this are usually under a handful of recognised CIRS experts who will quite rightly demand the very highest clearance verification for over 30 possible contaminates. NOT recommended
Economic risk reduction for medically at risk (immune compromised) on a budget
This protocol was developed by Building Forensics and with patent application pending. The system reduces exposure within hours by recognised chemical science and laws of physics. The results are uniquely verified to British Standards on the same day. For more information(click here)