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    Re: Mold Prevention

    Posted by D on 7/14/05

    I hardly ever cruise here anymore, but your post was
    refreshing and if what you say in your post carries to your
    work product, I predict you will be successful for many years
    to come.

    You are actually concerned about your work product, ethics
    and morals----that is rare these days.


    On 7/12/05, Concerned Builder wrote:
    > I have been actively looking at the mold prevention
    > products as a means to protect the homes I build from mold
    > and protect my business from getting involved in a
    > lawsuit. I have searched the web and heard all the
    > concepts and sales pitches made by many companies. All
    > the stories seem to conflict with each other. I contacted
    > the EPA and the State of Florida and asked for some
    > clarification. I am not hear to cast my vote on which
    > product I think is better, nor which product that I have
    > decided to use. The reason anyone would choose one
    > product over the other is a personal choice based on the
    > facts that they uncover for themselves.
    > I would strongly urge everyone to check the facts for them
    > self. Call your own State and ask the questions
    > yourself. Call the EPA and see what they think of any
    > product that is being applied to a home. Unlike many
    > comments that I have read on this chat board, the EPA and
    > the State are very concerned with what is going on and
    > have very specific rules pertaining to these issues.
    > Last week I contacted Charlie Clark, at the Florida
    > Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, 850-487-
    > 2130 concerning several products offered in the
    > Marketplace (and talked about on this chatboard). I
    > forwarded his staff all of the web sites to verify that
    > the claims being made were real and legitimate. I was
    > told that his department was actively investigating most
    > of the companies that everyone on this chatboard are
    > talking about. He further informed me that there are
    > several companies selling products in the marketplace
    > making illegal claims in the State of Florida.
    > I am only sharing with you what I was told, please verify
    > for yourself.
    > 1. any and all companies selling products intended to
    > prevent the growth of mold and fungi must be registered
    > with the State of Florida. (Only two companies were
    > registered)
    > 2. any and all companies selling products intended to
    > prevent the growth of mold and fungi must be registered
    > with the EPA (again only two companies were)
    > 3. EPA registration does not mean the product is
    > dangerous, it means that the product has validated it's
    > claims and complies with EPA regulations.
    > 4. Products that contain EPA registered ingredients are
    > not the same as products that are EPA Registered. I asked
    > for clarification and I was told the following. Products
    > that contain EPA registered ingredients can be dangerous
    > since no one is verifying the chemical reactions between
    > the EPA Registered ingredients and the other ingredients.
    > Some products that are completely safe become dangerous
    > when mixed with other products and can have long term
    > issues that are not accounted for. Another concerns is
    > the effectivence of these ingredients once they are mixed
    > with other ingredients. I heard the following anology:
    > ask a bartender for a coke,if he puts one drop of coke in
    > your glass and then fills the rest of the glass with
    > water, DO YOU STILL HSVE A COKE? That is the same thing
    > as asking for an EPA Registerd product and then getting a
    > product that has one ingredient that is EPA registered.
    > 5. The State is under Staffed and over worked, so checking
    > these companies out takes time.
    > 6. The mold prevention industry is not regulated and needs
    > to be.
    > I guess I will believe the State over any sales person
    > trying to sell me his version of the magic solution to
    > this problem. In the end, I chose a company that had the
    > ethics and morale standards follow State laws and take the
    > required steps to do the right thing.
    > I can not put my company, my future and my customers in
    > jeopardy by putting in possible dangerous product on their
    > home. I am trying to fix a problem, not take on a whole
    > new problem. What happens in 5 years, 10 years when they
    > determine that some of these products are dangerous? Who
    > is going to protect me and my customer then? I am
    > counting on the EPA and the State of Florida!

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