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Mold Dangers

Mold Prevention 

  • Be sure to properly maintain the plumbing in your home 
  • If you have a leak, get it fixed as soon as possible and be sure to call in a professional to take care of the clean up 
  • Be sure to properly maintain your roof 
  • If you have a leak in your roof, get it fixed as soon as possible 
  • If humidity is an issue in your home, be sure to properly ventilate areas that could be an environment for mold.
  • Properly venting crawl spaces is not only beneficial for drying, but FEMA actually has rules around adequate ventilation of crawl spaces.  For more information click here.  

Identifying Mold 

  • If there is less than three square feet of visible mold the homeowner or maintenance personal can take care of clean up. 
  • If there is more than three square feet of visible mold, call in an expert to assess the situation. 
  • Inspection or testing may be necessary if no visible mold is present, and you have experienced flooding. 
  • For information from the CDC on mold cleanup and remediation visit www.cdc.gov/mold/cleanup.htm#strat

Effects of Exposure to Mold 

  • Burning eyes, Headache, Cough, and Fatigue 
  • Rash, Sneezing, Itchy Eyes, Asthma 
  • Infections in the eyes, lungs, sinuses, ears, and throat
  • Individuals at risk for mold are the elderly, small children, asthma patients, immune deficient patients 

Mold Cleanup 

  • Protective Procedures may be necessary to protect occupants and property when cleaning up mold. 
  • Hiring a professional ensures cleanup was conducted appropriately and provides documentation that cleanup was successful.