Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Cleaning and Mold In Vehicles

Spring Cleaning and Addressing Mold in Vehicles
Copyright 2013 Jacquelyn A Close

Spring is in the air and just a few days away on the calendar.

Mold as well as pollutants in common household cleaners can contribute to seasonal discomfort, so arm yourself with knowledge and the power of essential oils. That way you can avoid many of the respiratory complaints that are associated with Spring. And don't forget to give your car or truck a good Spring Cleaning too.

Mold In Your Vehicle May Cause Fungal Infections

”The rash started on his ankles, and it took us months to realize that he had a fungal infection. Then we found mold growing in the carpet of his SUV and thanks to your information, we used the essential oils products the way you suggested, and got rid of the mold. Now, his fungal infection is gone too.”

Les and Sharon told us their story during a trip we took together, and we have heard similar stories from many other people. Water-damaged vehicles, flooded vehicles, and even vehicles that have been cleaned but the carpets have not been dried properly can all be infested with mold, sometimes toxic mold. Our cars, trucks, SUVs, in fact any vehicle provides an opportunity for high levels of exposure to mold in short periods of time, and over long periods of time when we travel frequently or take long trips.

There are numerous areas of the United States, and around the world, that are flooded every year. Research shows that many water-damaged vehicles end up being sold in the used car market. So how can you protect yourself from buying a vehicle that may have been flooded or water-damaged? The following article by the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) highlights the problem with flooded vehicles making their way to the used car market, and also offers tips on how to avoid buying a flood-damaged car.

Tips to Avoid Buying a “Flooded Car”

NEW YORK, April 23, 2007 — The deluge from last week’s Nor’easter not only means extensive flooding to homes but to cars as well. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles could be purchased by dishonest auto dealers, cleaned up and then sold, with their flood damage history illegally hidden, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

Unscrupulous salvage operators and dealers often try to conceal the fact that the vehicles they are selling have been damaged by a natural disaster, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

To prevent this type of fraudulent resale of cars to unsuspecting consumers around the country, the NICB has been helping law enforcement groups and insurance companies identify and catalogue vehicles damaged by these types of disasters.

“By creating a registry of damaged vehicles that consumers can access when purchasing a used car, the potential for this type of fraud can be greatly reduced,” said Robert M. Bryant, president and CEO of the NICB.

The NICB compiles a database of vehicles affected by such storms, which offers a free search of any car’s vehicle identification number (VIN), so used-car buyers can learn more about the history of the car and whether it has been involved in a claim related to flood damage. It usually takes several months before the flooded cars get into the market. Consumers who suspect a car has been flooded can access this service from the NICB home page ( www.nicb.org ).

“To avoid inadvertently purchasing a flood-damaged car, it is important that you only buy a used car from a reputable dealer, have a certified mechanic look for flood damage and check the car’s VIN number,” noted Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and consumer spokesperson for the I.I.I.

The I.I.I. suggests you be on the lookout for the following indicators that a car may have been flooded:

  • Mildew, debris and silt in places where it wouldn’t normally be found, such as under the carpeting in the trunk, or around the engine compartment
  • Rust on screws and other metal parts
  • Waterstains or faded upholstery; discoloration of seat belts and door panels
  • Dampness in the floor and carpeting; moisture on the inside of the instrument panel
  • A moldy odor or an intense smell of Lysol or deodorizer being used to cover up an odor problem

If you suspect that your local car dealer is committing fraud by knowingly selling “flooded cars” as regular used cars, contact their insurance company, local law enforcement agency or the NICB at 800-TEL-NICB  (800-835-6422).

Cars damaged by flooding, fire or wind are covered under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy.


You can eliminate mold inside your vehicle by diffusing the Thieves essential oil blend (used in the tests conducted by Dr. Close) continuously for 24 hours inside a vehicle with all the windows closed.

When cleaning carpets and upholstery, be sure to use the Thieves Household Cleaner that contains that same essential oil blend mentioned earlier. Vacuum up all excess moisture, leave windows and doors open, and do not close the vehicle until carpets have dried completely. After materials have dried, diffuse the essential oil blend for 24 hours continuously to protect your vehicle and your health.

When you choose Young Living you know you are getting the best possible oils that are not only safe to inhale, but are one of only three companies in the world whose oils are safe enough to take orally. 

Enjoy Spring &
Happy Oiling,
Jacqui Close


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