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A hidden danger found inside flooded homes

September 1, 2005

By: Diana Gonzalez

Undated--Families faced with flooding. The water and moisture can create a health hazard, mold.

While toxic mold has gotten a lot of attention, common mold spores can be very irritating to those who are sensitive.

The Centers for Disease Control says controlling moisture is the key to keeping mold under control. Drying out flooded areas might require a pump or a wet/dry vac. Open windows and doors and use dehumidifiers that blow out, not in. When cleaning up, an n-95 respirator is recommended so you don't breathe in spores. Also wear gloves and goggles.

The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend using chlorine bleach for routine mold cleanup. Large cleanup jobs will require professional help. You want to make sure there are no spores in your ac or vents.

Click here or call 1-800-438-4318 for tips on how to control mold.

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