Houston - Galveston Home Inspection I Infrared Thermography
ICC/IRC Combination Code Certified Inspector (Combination R-5)
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Providing professional real estate home inspection service in Galveston, Harris, Brazoria counties and area communities. Houston home inspection service area includes: Galveston, South and East Harris, East Fort Bend and West Chambers counties including the communities of League City, Friendswood, Pearland, Texas City, LaMarque, Dickinson, Sienna Plantation, San Leon, Bacliff, Kemah, Clear Lake Shores, Taylor Lake Village, Pasadena, Deer Park, LaPorte, Shoreacres, Seabrook, Hiitchcock, Santa Fe, Alvin, Manvel, Danbury, Liverpool, East Baytown.
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Mold and Bacteria Problems
in Newer Built Homes
Mold and bacterial problems in tight-built homes in hot-humid climates has been increasing for a number of years and become a real headache for homeowners and homebuilders. Locally it has affected quite a few homes in our Houston metro area but limited to a few builders. Some owners have moved out of their new home. I realized this can happen to almost any older home as well. The mold and bacteria can be of a significant health concern to the occupants and I became a case example which has led to a lot of research and answers. It can effect any home built since about 2007.
Why me? In mid-2018 I felt a little weak and tired. I was on a Friday inspection in League City. By Sunday I had passed out in my hallway when I bent to clean something up. I don’t remember much but do remember getting to the emergency room at UTMB in League City that next morning. I didn’t have to say anything. With one look the receptionist told me to not move and she ran for a wheelchair. I must have blacked out because I don’t remember that ride. I woke up to someone yelling and remember people packing and loading me up. I was being shipped to UTMB Galveston. I needed more than they could provide in League City. Again I don’t remember much but I was taken to ICU at the new UTMB hospital and hooked up to all sorts of things by a bunch of people. One had to be a vampire. She took a lot of blood and ran off. I was born in Galveston, a native BOI blue blood. If you are born in Galveston you are part homing pigeon. You just know where you are at. The Gulf of Mexico on my left. Galveston Bay on my right. Louisiana behind me. I figured I’d be out in 3 days. I was wrong.
I was told I had the first case of Legionnaires disease (bacterial pneumonia) the staff has seen. Legionnaires is not contagious. It lets you live or it can kill you.
I had a great medical staff (faculty) and lots of medica residents visiting but it was ICU for 10 days and then rehabilitation for 13 days. I had to learn how to walk again and build up lung and muscle capacity. What I had was my laptop and hospital WIFI so I hit the books. I was hooked up and not going anywhere.
A building over was The Galveston National Laboratory (GNL), a high security National Biocontainment Laboratory of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), run by UTMB for exotic disease diagnosis and research and only one of two such laboratories in the United States. My type of bacterial pneumonia was named after the outbreak where it was first identified at a 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia. 182 attendees contracted “Legionnaires” and 29 of them died.
Asking questions and researching brought all the little pieces I had been collecting over a year together watching the mold problem in new built homes seen on the news based on one snippet in an article I almost passed over. The other problem is the more you know the less you are liked by those trying to sell something and those earning a commission off that sale. They can be evil.
* I am not a mold inspector. I do not test for or identify mold. In Texas that requires a separate license.
March 26, 2019
Making Mold While You are on Vacation?