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Found Mold in Your Home? Now What?

Mold. The archenemy of homeowners everywhere — more than half the houses in the U.S. have mold problems. Not only can it cause damage to your home's structure, but it can also potentially make you and your family ill. Here are some steps to follow if you've found mold in your home.

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When is Best to Test?

If you can see the mold, the EPA suggests that testing isn't necessary. No matter what kind of mold it is, it should be removed as quickly as possible. If you want to test to be 100% sure, be aware that mold testing can come at a cost. If you opt for a DIY testing kit from your local hardware store, keep in mind they aren't as accurate as professional mold testing.

Wiping Down is a Good Start

At the first sign of mold, donning your rubber gloves and pulling out a chlorine bleach spray is a good start to clearing your home. There's no harm in scrubbing up the mold you can see with proper safety precautions, such as wearing gloves, a mask, eye protection and making sure the room is well-ventilated.

However, simply wiping mold off your walls or baseboards isn't going to have an effect on mold that could be coming from a larger source, such as underground or from behind the wall. To be on the safe side, call in a professional.

Compare Mold Removal Services

Prior to hiring a professional, take the time to call around for quotes before you sign on the dotted line. U.S. News & World Report recommends getting multiple bids from licensed, established mold removal companies. It may be difficult for a company to give you an accurate estimate over the phone, so ask if they would be willing to come out to your home to do a free inspection. Meanwhile, if you or a family member has been experiencing allergy or asthma symptoms - such as sinus congestion, coughing or headaches - try to find another place to stay while the mold is being removed.

Following these steps if you've found mold in your home — no matter how much or what type — can help prevent serious damage and ensure your home is safe for you and your family. To make sure other aspects of your home are protected, contact your local independent insurance agent.


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