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You know it when you see it: That smattering of spotty, amorphous-shaped grey-black growths slowly but surely creeping up, down and around your wall, often behind shelving or in the corners. Mold. It’s not only ugly, it is associated with illnesses such as acute asthma, allergic reactions, and even chronic respiratory ailments. How can you know where the mold is coming from, and then, how can you get rid of it and prevent it?
For getting rid of, and preventing mold, below is a summary of tips from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as what to do before you get rid of it.
Before we begin with tips on controlling mold, we want you to make sure you are prepared with the right information in case the mold damage can be claimed by your or your neighbor’s insurance company. In order to claim insurance for mold damage, you will need to identify its source. To do so, you need to assess where the moisture is stemming from that is causing the mold. We recommend you call in an expert to do so, and it’s best if they provide written documentation detailing their opinion about the mold’s source. After you acquire an expert opinion, take photos of the mold for evidence sake – only after you take photos should you proceed to get rid of the mold.
The below is a summary of the EPA’s tips on removing, and preventing mold.
Here are the EPA’s tips for preventing mold.
Mold is common, but needs immediate care. If you encounter a problem, gather evidence about the mold’s cause and then swiftly rid yourself of the mold. In the meantime, take steps to prevent future mold, and hopefully you will reduce, if not completely remove, mold in the future.
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