Mold Damage Emergency Tips

What you can do until help arrives

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Moisture issues, whether a result of a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, or excess humidity causing condensation to form on structure or contents, can result in mold growth in as little as 48 hours.  The presence of mold growth and the spores that it releases can cause damage to your property as well as health effects.  If you spot visible suspected mold growth or detect a strong musty odor, either a mold certified remediation specialist or an IEP (Indoor Environmental Professional) such as a CIE (Certified Indoor Environmentalist) or CMI (Certified Microbial Investigator) should be contacted prior to taking any action.  The process of further exploration could disturb a possible mold source and spread the problem to otherwise unaffected areas of the home or building. 

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If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Dubuque for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

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If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Dubuque has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

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