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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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.

What to Keep and What to Discard? Outdoors.
What to Keep and What to Discard? Indoors.

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.

Special Attention

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

Recommended Reading
Recovering from Mold - Cleaning, Repairing and Disinfecting
Mold and Your Property Value

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