Families: Mold Busters

They come and give your house an environmental physical, often revealing all manner of bugs and fumes and gunk that can make your home--and everyone in it--sick

Like people who dread physicals, fearing that these "routine" examinations are going to turn up some fatal disease, my wife and I were a bit apprehensive about putting our house through an environmental physical. I once interviewed a Texas woman who paid $350,000 for her dream home, only to find out after she moved in and got sick that the place was infested with a highly toxic mold and required a $650,000 cleanup, with men in moon suits cutting out every piece of mold-infested timber, wallboard and carpeting and carting it off for burial as toxic waste.

When Rachel and I...

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