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Recognizing Mold

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

How to Recognize Mold:

  • Sight – They usually appear as distinctly colored woolly mats (e.g., mildew is black and is one of the most common molds in a household).
  • Smell – They often produce a foul odor, such as a musty, earthy smell.

The key to mold prevention is moisture control. Mold will not grow if moisture is absent.

  • Remove excess standing moisture with a wet-dry vacuum and remove the any excess humidity with a dehumidifier 
  • Use fans to assist in the drying process.
  • Clean wet materials and surfaces with detergent and water.
  • Discard all water damaged materials and all materials visibly contaminated with mold.
  • Remove and discard all porous materials that have been wet for more than 48 hours such as: 
    • Carpeting and carpet padding
    • Upholstery, wallpaper, drywall
    • Floor and ceiling tiles, insulation materials
    • Clothing

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