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Has Mold Invaded Your Home In Orlando

#IAQS IAQ SolutionsHas Mold Invaded Your Florida Home?
Although mold originates from microscopic spores, mold itself is usually easy to detect.

While testing is sometimes used to determine the presence of mold, generally a visual investigation with your eyes and nose can tell you if mold is present.

Some signs of mold include:

■ Visible mold growth. Mold can appear in a variety of textures and colors; it often appears as a discoloration, stain, or fuzzy growth.
■ Musty or earthy odors.
■ Water damage and discoloration around the area of the damage

1. Fixing the Moisture Problem: Mold cannot grow without moisture.

2. Drying of Wet Materials: Especially when overflow or flooding has occurred, drying
of wet materials should begin immediately to stop mold growth. Fans and dehumidifiers
can help in this process. You may need to discard the items if you cannot dry
them well within 48 hours.

3. Treatment or Disposal of Contaminated Materials: Before beginning mold treatment
and clean up, you should consider using protective equipment.

4. Cleaning of Surfaces: Non-porous materials such as hard plastic, concrete, glass, metal,
and solid wood can usually be cleaned of mold.

5. Disinfecting Surfaces: After cleaning hard surfaces, you may choose to disinfect them if they have been wet for a period of 72 hours or longer.

6. Closing the Door on Mold: Mold will take any opportunity to grow in your home. Stay alert for moisture problems, musty odors, and other signs that mold may be forming.


• John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
• Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
• Microshield Environmental Services, LLC
www.Microshield-ES.com




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