Mold Testing: The Untold Story If Oscars were handed out for insurance claims, the best, or, depending on your perspective, worst, claim of the last few years would clearly be mold.

Like a winning picture, mold has star power, attracting the likes of Ed McMahon and Erin Brockovich, and aspiring legal crusaders to be like Melinda Ballard. Mold has tallied astonishing box office results, with the insurance industry estimated to have paid over $1.3 billion to address these claims in 2001 alone.

And with money and star power has come great media fanfare, from televisions “48 Hours” and The New York Times Magazine to a guest appearance on “The Sopranos.”

The best explanation to account for molds star turn is that it is a full-fledged public health phenomenon. Simply put, people are not so-much concerned that mold is damaging their homes, schools or commercial buildings, the worry is that mold will harm their health.

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