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EPA’s Guidance for Mold

What the EPA Says About MOLD

Most people would agree that when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has something to say, it’s usually worth listening to.

And the EPA has A LOT to say about mold, which can attach your health in minor, irritating ways like respiratory issues to more serious life-threatening reactions, resulting in medical care and the unthinkable.

We like to inform the public around mold and the affects it can have on you and your family. We’ve highlighted a few excerpts from the site, along with some of our own points, that all households should consider. Of course, the EPA recommends that everyone should fix plumbing leaks, water intrusion issues, and keep all interior surfaces clean and dry at all times. If you do this, mold should not be an issue. But if it happens, here are some tips.

Mold cleanup

When it comes to mold cleanup, there are a few factors when considering who should do the cleanup. First, the size of the mold issue is a factor. If less than 10 square feet, you may be able to handle the cleanup yourself. But, take into consideration that a lot of mold issues seem small at first but turn into a larger issue once you start the cleanup. So it’s always smart to consult an expert to inspect the mold situation to confirm if it’s a small issue or an iceberg type issue.

HVAC and air conveyance systems

Often, mold can go undetected but there are some symptoms that may present itself that would determine if you should get your ducts inspected. Slight musty odors should trigger an investigation. Get your duct work inspected immediately and have the work done by a professional.

Restrooms, shower stalls and more

Mold is normal in some areas, like in the corner of a shower stall. Don’t panic. Just clean it up. But if you need help, hire a pro.

Hiring a pro

If you decide to contact and use a disaster restoration company or a mold removal service, check their references and credentials. There are many “companies” that claim to be experts in mold removal, but they are far from qualified.

At Freedom Restoration Services, we are an IICRC certified firm. We follow industry standards to treat and remove mold in all environments.

Do the right thing with mold. When you know you have it, you should know how to get rid of it. The easiest, best, and safest way is to let a disaster restoration, water damage, or mold remediation company do the work. Call Freedom Restorations today for your free mold inspection.