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Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips

A Workbook for Detecting, Diagnosing, and Eliminating Pesky Pests, Stinky Stenches, Musty Mold, and Other Aggravating Home Problems

Jeffrey C. May and Connie L. May

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Designed for people concerned about the air quality in their home, this step-by-step guide covers the nooks and crannies of indoor air pollution—from what to look for to how to fix it. Jeffrey May and his wife, Connie May, draw from their professional expertise and previous books—My House Is Killing Me!, My Office Is Killing Me!, and The Mold Survival Guide—to create a friendly, easy-to-use workbook complete with mini-case studies, diagnostic exercises, illustrations, and recommendations.

The Mays describe the health problems that can be caused or exacerbated by such airborne contaminants as…

Designed for people concerned about the air quality in their home, this step-by-step guide covers the nooks and crannies of indoor air pollution—from what to look for to how to fix it. Jeffrey May and his wife, Connie May, draw from their professional expertise and previous books—My House Is Killing Me!, My Office Is Killing Me!, and The Mold Survival Guide—to create a friendly, easy-to-use workbook complete with mini-case studies, diagnostic exercises, illustrations, and recommendations.

The Mays describe the health problems that can be caused or exacerbated by such airborne contaminants as fungi, mold, mildew, moisture, and odor. Their warmth, humor, and conversational banter are welcome antidotes to the scare tactics of unsavory remediators; Jeff and Connie give people the knowledge they need to address serious problems without getting ripped off.

Readers can check visual symptoms of their home's problems using the book's illustrations and photographs; get easy-to-follow instructions in diagnosing, addressing, and monitoring problems; find out whether professional help is needed; get advice on choosing the right professional; and consult thorough resource sections for further information and assistance.

From waterproofing basements to checking home heating and cooling systems for leaks and contaminants, Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips helps renters and homeowners alike make sure that their homes are clean and healthy places to live.

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If your nose gets congested, you develop a sinus headache, or your asthma often gets worse after an hour or two at home or at work, buy one of Jeff's books to find the cause and a way to fix it (and he didn't pay me to say this).

Accessible language, step-by-step instructions, and clear, identifying diagrams and photos.

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Available
Trim Size
7.25
x
9.25
Pages
200
ISBN
9780801888458
Illustration Description
11 halftones, 13 line drawings
Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Mold, Mildew, and You
Dilemma 1: Mold, Inside and Out
a. My Basement
A Crawl Space under the House
An Unfinished Basement
A Finished Basement
Moisture Control at the Exterior
For People

Introduction
Part I: Mold, Mildew, and You
Dilemma 1: Mold, Inside and Out
a. My Basement
A Crawl Space under the House
An Unfinished Basement
A Finished Basement
Moisture Control at the Exterior
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
b. My Attic
Inspections
Moisture Control
Pipes
Repairs
Storage
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
c. Rooms in Between
Musty Odors
Rooms with Water
Rooms without Water
Soot, Not Mold
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
d. Floods and Leaks
Floods
Insurance
Leaks
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
e. The Garage
f. Heating and Cooling Systems
Air Conveyance Systems
Other Kinds of Heating Systems
Humidification
Central Dehumidification
Hot-Water Heaters
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
g. Property I Want to Buy or Rent
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
h. Hotels and Automobiles
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
I. Outside the Building
Dilemma 2: Confirmation and Remediation
a. Testing for Mold
Testing on My Own
Hiring Professionals to Test
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
b. Cleaning it Up Myself
Bathrooms
The Kitchen
Personal Possessions and Furnishings
Regular Household Cleaning
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
c. Hiring Professionals to Remediate
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
Part II: Problems Other than Mold
Dilemma 3: What and Where?
a. Rooms with Water
Bathrooms
The Kitchen
Laundry Areas
Indoor Pools and Hot Tubs
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
b. Other Rooms and Their Contents
Beds and Bedding
Carpeting
Furniture
Home Office Equipment
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
c. Smoke and Harmful Gases
Fireplaces, Wood Stoves, and Cigarettes
Gases
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
d. Heating and Cooling Systems
Air Conveyance Systems
Gas-Fired Equipment
Oil-Fired Equipment
Fire
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
e. Pets and Pests
Pets
Pests
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
f. Renovation and Construction
Renovation
Construction Materials
Asbestos
Lead Paint
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
Dilemma 4: Everday Cleaning
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
Dilemma 5: Testing
For People with Allergies, Asthma, or Environmental Sensitivities
Conclusion
Additional Resources
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Jeffrey C. May

Jeffrey C. May is a building consultant, indoor air-quality professional, and the principal scientist of May Indoor Air Investigations LLC in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has conducted indoor environmental investigations in thousands of buildings, including offices, schools, and homes; and he has personally analyzed over 20,000 air and dust samples. Widely published, May frequently lectures...
Featured Contributor

Connie L. May

Connie L. May is a certified indoor air quality technician at May Indoor Air Investigations LLC. Together, they are the coauthors of Jeff May's Healthy Home Tips: A Workbook for Detecting, Diagnosing, and Eliminating Pesky Pests, Stinky Stenches, Musty Mold, and Other Aggravating Home Problems and The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health.
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