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GBlist: Healthy Homes? Low tech bioremediation

John ,

>This is the first of a series of requests for information and general
>input that concern making an existing old house safer for someone with
>acute environmental sensitivities.

I don't have anything to add to Randy Bynum's very interesting report. But
I noticed that your list of offending agents did not include the
possibility of  over zealous applications of pesticide residues intended to
kill ants, termites etc. (The 1950's and 1960's were high points).  A good
rule of thumb is to check out the density of cobwebs in crawl spaces. If it
looks unnaturally clean, and the homeowner does not look to be the
compulsively anal type, then a soil test might be in order to determine
exactly what you are dealing with.

Bruce Coldham


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