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have seen any of my other articles, you know that I perform environmental
investigations concerning mold, toxic chemicals, or other health related
issues in buildings.
thought you might get a kick out of a sampling of some of the clients and
situations I have been involved with.
A. When you
stand in your living room, you are probably less than 3 feet away from
toxic chemicals so dangerous they were banned by the EPA over 15 years
B. A woman
remodeled her kitchen. But whenever she cooked on her beautiful new
stove, she became ill. Why?
C. I went to the
condo of a woman who had
developed brain cancer while in her early 40�s.
What do you think I found that was a contributing factor?
D. A family
stored all their furniture and belongings in a moving van for 6 months
while their new house was being finished. After moving in, they
discovered that their belongings were all moldy because the moving van
had a hole in the roof and rain water collected inside the van. But . .
. the story had a happy ending!
E. A family in a
small house was having respiratory problems. The air samples showed
elevated levels of mold. My inspection revealed that the problem
originated in the kitchen. However, there was no mold in the kitchen.
What was the problem?
F. I received a
call from a lady in New Jersey. She is chemically sensitive and was ill
for weeks after her apartment was repainted. She called me because she
found an article that I had written about that type of sensitivity. How
did I help her?
G. One of my
colleagues had a woman client who was having trouble sleeping in her
home ever since she and her husband had moved in a few years earlier. A
high electric field was found in the wall next to her bed. The
inspector had to call the disbelieving and complaining husband to help
move the bed to a new location. What was the surprise result?
Resolutions and answers:
As for toxic stuff close to your living room? In the crawl space
below. 98% of the homes tested in California had Chlordane and/or DDT
in the crawl space. Same condition is found in most of the US.
B. As for lady
who became ill when she used her new oven? The exhaust vent that was
installed in the crawl space below the kitchen was trapped between the
old foundation and the new foundation and every time she used her oven
the exhaust was forced back into the kitchen.
C. As for the
lady with brain cancer? All of the power for the 8 units her building
came in just outside the master bedroom wall on which she placed her
head to sleep, creating very elevated magnetic fields.
D. As for the
family with the moldy belongings? They sued the moving company and my
testimony at deposition helped them get a big settlement . . . so they
were able to buy new stuff!
E. As for the
family with the mold problem? They were boiling lots of water for pasta
in an open pot on their stove. The steam then wafted through the house
and condensed on the walls, creating a perfect environment for mold
F. As for the
lady with the paint sensitivity problem? I gave her options such as
covering the paint with a special sealer to seal in the odor or using a
treatment to neutralize the odor. I also gave her the contact
information for an environmental consultant in her area in case she has
G. As for the
lady who was not sleeping? A few weeks later the disbelieving husband
called the inspector. The inspector was expecting more complaints.
However, the husband said thank you over and over�the couple was finally
resuming their lovemaking, which had all but stopped after moving into
the new house! Obviously the wife was feeling much better!
Should you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to contact me; that is what I am here for.
Steven G. Rush is a
Fellow of The Business Forum Institute and is the
Founder and Principal of Rush Quality Environments, a green-oriented
company that specializes in creating healthy indoor environments.
He graduated from Emory University with a BS in biology and a
strong foundation in chemistry and has an MA from Duke University in
Forestry, specializing in plant physiology. Steve was a general
contractor for several years. He is a Registered Environmental
Assessor with the state of California and has these certifications
with the American Council for Accredited Certification: Certified
Indoor Environmental Consultant, Certified Microbial Consultant,
Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultant and Certified Mold
Remediation Supervisor. He is a certified Asbestos Building
Inspector. Steve has testified at arbitrations, mediations,
depositions and in court as an expert witness concerning indoor
environmental issues. He helps clients create healthy homes and workspaces. He
consults with builders and architects to make structures healthy and
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