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I hope you have been able to stay healthy this winter season. We tend to spend more time indoors when it is cold, usually with the windows closed. This is why it's especially important to be aware of sources of indoor air pollution.

High levels of dust, mold, and chemicals can lower your immune system making you more susceptible to illness such as colds and the flue. I hope you can use the information in these newsletters to create a healthier home and office and stay well. If you have any questions please contact me. I personally answer emails.

Dan Stih

President, Healthy Living Spaces LLC
Certified Mold Inspector
Certified by the American Indoor Air Quality Council

The typical Do-it-Yourself mold test kit uses petri dishes. The black mold, Stachybotrys, is usually not detected using petri dishes. Stachybotrys is a relatively slow growing mold taking about a week to 10 days to germinate. Other molds grow within two to three days and overgrow a petri dish before Stachybotrys can even get started.

Only 1-2% of mold spores are viable, meaning they will grow. Have you ever planted a seed in the ground that didn't grow? Ninety-nine percent of mold spores are non-viable.

Professionals use spore traps.

You can't kill mold with excessive heat and cold.

Mold spores can germinate between 32F and 120F. Mold spores are dormant and not effected by temperature when they are not growing.

Mold growth is accelerated at temperatures between 70F and 90F.

Mothballs contribute to poor indoor air quality and may be responsible for health complaints. As much as 95 to 100 percent of a typical mothball consists of the chemicals 1,4- Dichlorobenzene (para dichlorobenzene) and naphthalene.

Upon breathing vapors for a few hours, as much as 20% of these chemicals will get into the bloodstream. Clothing stored with mothballs may continue to emit para dichlorobenzene vapors long after being removed from storage exposing those who wear the clothing or spend time near such clothing.

If you have questions or concerns about mold, indoor air quality or how your indoor environment may be affecting your heath please contact us by phone or email. Thank You!


Dan Stih
Healthy Living Spaces LLC

phone: (505) 992-9904 * toll free (877) 992-9904
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