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What to Keep and What to Discard?
By Jim Brown
The first and hardest thing to do when recovering from any mold-related situation is to determine what can be kept and what must be discarded. Since mold is almost always a result of standing water, be sure to read the water-related guides, too.
Generally, if an item was damaged by mold and cannot be cleaned, it must be discarded.
Hire a Professional Remediation Company
Due to the hazard related to mold, it is recommended to consult a remediation specialist as his experience and equipment will help making better decisions as to what can be salvaged and what must be discarded.
A remediation specialist will be able to determine what can be salvaged by taking a look at the affected area and items. In addition, different types of mold may affect your items differently, so it is recommended to test a sample of the mold to facilitate a remediation plan.
A remediation specialist will be also helpful if you are indecisive about high-value or sentimental items that have been affected by mold.
Be extremely careful and pay special attention to the following:
- Infant and children toys
- Food utensils and kitchenware
- Appliances such as the refrigerator or freezer
- Clothes and linens
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