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What To Do If You Find Mold in Your Building

If your building receives water damage, you may have to deal with a resulting mold problem. In the most severe cases, mold can cause serious health problems and irreversible damage to your property. What should you do if you find mold in your building? Lisa explains.

First, you must find the source and type of mold. Because mold may or may not be visible, this is accomplished by a combination of visual inspection and scientific testing. Results will indicate the potential health problems and skill needed to correct the problem.

Mold is usually caused by excessive moisture, so it is important to find the source of the water and stop it as soon as possible. If you clean up the mold, but don’t fix the water problem, the mold problem will likely come back. Remove any contaminated materials and dry all affected areas thoroughly. Porous materials should be discarded, but plastic, metal, and wood items can be cleaned. For items that cannot be removed, such as structural beams, use an antimicrobial coating to prevent mold spores from escaping.

Serious mold problems may require calling a professional, but choose a professional carefully. If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Ask about their qualifications and check their references.

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