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In this episode, you will learn about the types of problems that lead to mold and water-damaged buildings, how experts test for mold, and much more. Enjoy!

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About My Guest

My guest for this episode is John Banta. John Banta is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health Science and over 30 years of experience in Indoor Environmental Quality. He is a specialist in microbiological problems resulting from water damage in buildings. He has conducted investigations, trained technicians, established worker safety and health programs and supervised crews in sewage, flood, and fungal remediation throughout the United States. He is the co-author of the book titled Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners. He also authored Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings from Climate Change. His current project is a book tentatively titled “Prescriptions for a Mold Controlled House”.

Key Takeaways

  • Why did John become interested in environmental contributors to illness?
  • What does he look for when he walks through the front door of a home?
  • What are the most common issues that lead to water-damaged buildings?
  • Is humidity worth monitoring?
  • How are outdoor molds different from indoor molds?
  • What are the pros and cons of air sample testing and ERMI testing?
  • Besides mold spores, what about mycotoxins, VOCs, and mVOCs?
  • Can most homes be remediated successfully?
  • Are essential oils helpful?

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Mattress Contamination Research Project

Interview Date

March 6, 2017 


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