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Managing Mold: How to protect your home and health

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

After weeks of above-average rain across the East, the sun is finally drying everything out.

But all that water can cause big problems with your home and ultimately your health, as warm, damp, humid conditions provide a breeding ground for mold.

"If you have a musty odor, chances are there's something going on with possible mold growth or water damage, says Eric Ambrose, the senior project manager at CareMaster, a disaster restoration and indoor air quality company in Greenville.

But when Ambrose inspects a house for mold, he goes beyond just a smell.

From examining air filters, to floor vents, to showers, dishwashers and even your laundry room, he leaves no surface untouched as he looks for water leaks.   

Outside your home, he looks for poor drainage and standing water that can seep into your home's crawl space. He says to inspect it yourself, look for insulation that's heavily saturated with water and you'll likely find mold nearby.

Left untreated, mold can multiply and compromise your indoor air quality. It can also trigger allergic reactions, asthma, and respiratory infections.

Bottom line: "If you find mold or you suspect you have a problem, have it checked out," Ambrose says.

To prevent mold in your house, the Center for Disease Control suggests you keep it well-ventilated, control humidity levels, clean regularly and fix any leaks in the roof, walls or plumbing.

If you see mold growth and want an expert like Ambrose to check it out, initial inspections like his will cost you between $125-250.

Click here to visit the CareMaster website.

Click here to learn more about mold on the CDC website.

 

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