Michigan Mold Dog

Originally Posted By: jhagarty
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Radar the Dog Declares War on Mold
Monday October 25, 12:56 pm ET


WALLED LAKE, Mich., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Mold Free has gone to the dogs ... literally. The company recently adopted a new four-legged friend that has been professionally trained and certified to detect and pinpoint toxic black mold.
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Radar, the Mold Detection Dog, is the latest weapon in the war on mold. Similar to finding bombs and drugs, a dog's amazing sense of smell enables him to pinpoint exact areas of mold growth. "It is a known fact that dogs can smell as small as one part per trillion, or smaller. We do not know exactly how sensitive the dog's nose really is because scientific instruments cannot measure less than parts per trillion at this time," says Seth Norman, of Mold Free.

Mold detecting dogs are the best method for detecting mold, because they can actually sniff out and find specific areas of mold in your home or office that people can't reach or that may be missed by traditional searches. In Europe, dogs have been used to detect mold for over 20 years.

Radar, a black Labrador, is the first Certified Mold Dog in Michigan. After being rescued from the Humane Society, he received over 1,000 hours of training at the Florida K-9 Academy by a Master Trainer to become certified in mold detection. Radar can sniff through walls to pinpoint the exact location of mold.

Radar provides an essential service because mold can present a problem to people when it takes over an indoor living environment (usually following a water leak or flood). Exposure to mold has been linked to a number of diseases, including emphysema, pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding of the lungs), and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). In addition, contact with mold may cause respiratory problems, central nervous system problems, and skin irritation.

"Don't take chances with your family's health," said Dr. Mark Banner, chief inspector for Mold Free. "There are so many adverse health effects from exposure to mold that it's important, for your sake and your family's sake, that your home is 'mold free.'

"Radar can detect and pinpoint mold very quickly -- there is an instant reaction. Quicker and more accurate results lead to lower inspection and clean up costs. For schools, hotels and large buildings, cost savings can be quite substantial," adds Dr. Banner.

Mold Free inspects and tests for mold in your home, apartment, workplace or commercial property. They specialize in remediating, or correcting, the harmful environmental conditions that are caused by all types of toxic mold. Every toxic mold assessment and remediation project that Mold Free performs is personally supervised and conducted by a Certified Mold Inspector.

Mold Free is certified by the National Association of Mold Professionals. For further information on Radar, mold risk, or professional inspection and remediation, contact Seth Norman at 248-669-2280, or via email at seth@1877moldfree.com . You may also visit their website at http://www.1877moldfree.com


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Joseph Hagarty

HouseMaster / Main Line, PA
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www.householdinspector.com

Phone: 610-399-9864
Fax : 610-399-9865

HouseMaster. Home inspections. Done right.

Originally Posted By: jpeck
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I was at a doctor’s office this past week with my wife, and in one of the magazines (from Sept. but I don’t remember which magazine) there was a multi-page spread on mold.


The basic point of the article was 'the mold panic peaked in late 2003' and is now coming back down to earth.

Then is described how to clean it with bleach and water, recommend replacing drywall to bad to clean, etc.

Only ONCE did it mention a need to test the mold. And it was not like you are thinking (Ha-ha, see, told you so?)

The doctors said that if the person has an allergic reaction to mold, a sterile mold spore could be inserted right under the skin, and, if the person was allergic, a hive would be raised right there. Testing for allegories just like they test for other allergies. No "mold sample" needed. No "mold test" needed. Just 'if you have an allergic reaction to mold, call your doctor and get tested to see it that is what you are allergic to. Then clean it up if you are.

Oh, by the way, the solution to "mold" was to stop the water intrusion or other water related problem (leaks, condensation, etc.).


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Jerry Peck
South Florida