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AIR TEST FOR MOLD: ACCURACY
ALLERGEN TESTS for BUILDINGS
ANIMAL ODORS IN buildings
ASBESTOS IDENTIFICATION IN BUILDINGS
BIBLIOGAPHY for ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, MOLD, IAQ
BLEACHING MOLD, Advice about
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Disinfecting Buildings with Bleach
DUST SAMPLING PROCEDURE
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FIBERGLASS INSULATION MOLD
FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SAFETY & CLEANUP
GASES, EXPOSURE, TESTING
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GLUES ADHESIVES, EXTERIOR CONSTRUCTION
LIGHT, GUIDE to FORENSIC USE
Legionella Legionnaires' Disease
METHANE GAS SOURCES
MILDEW in BUILDINGS ?
MOLD: A COMPLETE GUIDE to TEST CLEAN PREVENT
MOLD ACTION GUIDE - WHAT TO DO ABOUT MOLD
MOLD or INDOOR AIR EMERGENCY RESPONSE
MOLD TEST KITS
MOTHS, MOTHBALL ODORS
MVOCs & MOLDY MUSTY ODORS
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
OZONE for MOLD OR ODORS
PARTICLE SIZES & IAQ
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PET ALLERGENS / PET DANDER
PET STAINS on FLOORS
PLASTIC HEATER VENT
PLASTIC ODORS-SCREENS, SIDING
PVC - VINYL BUILDING PRODUCTS
SMELL PATCH TEST to Track Down Odors
STAINS on & in BUILDINGS, CAUSES & CURES
SULPHUR & SEWER GAS SMELL SOURCES
Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation UFFI
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VINYL CHLORIDE HEALTH INFO
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How to identify a car or other vehicle that has been flooded by storm waters, hurricanes, area flooding, or severe leaks. This article warns about the problems likely to ensue if you purchase and intend to drive a vehicle that has been inundated by flood waters. We list key inspection points that can help detect a previously-flooded car.
Green links show where you are. © Copyright 2013 InspectAPedia.com, All Rights Reserved. Author Daniel Friedman.
Also see CAR SMELL & ODOR Diagnosis for our complete diagnostic list of odors in cars, and see SMELL PATCH TEST to Track Down Odors. For illustrations of a vehicle that was mold-contaminated beyond salvage and a study to identify the types of mold found in vehicles see CAR MOLD CONTAMINATION.
Reporting on the sale of formerly flood-damaged cars to people who may not recognize that a vehicle has been flooded or soaked sufficiently to make the vehicle potentially dangerous or even unsafe to occupy, the New York Times described cars damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
From that article and other sources, here are some clues that should warn anyone buying a used car that the vehicle may have been flooded: 
Look for and trace the source of water leaks into the vehicle
Carpeting, seats, sound insulation, head liners, door liners, or other vehicle materials that have actually been soaked and that smell moldy need to be removed and disposed-of, and the exposed surfaces of the vehicle cleaned using conventional cleaners (soap and water would be fine).
Our photo (left) shows the primary smell reservoir in this mold-stinky car: the carpet padding and sound insulation material. A topic of considerable discussion was just how much of this padding to remove.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Questions & answers or comments about how to determine that a car, truck, RV, camper or other vehicle has been flooded or subjected to severe water damage.
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