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BBB Advises Homeowners on Mold Must-Knows

BBB Advises Homeowners on Mold Must-Knows - The Beacon


By: Beth

BBB Advises Homeowners on Mold Must-Knows

Many homeowners are looking for remedies for dealing with the aftermath of the devastating floods that have hit so many homes around the country. While a little part of the water damage picture, mold can be an ever growing, pesky problem that, if not taken care of quickly, can last forever. Better Business Bureau, along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are advising homeowners to be proactive when it comes to dealing with mold and mildew.

When looking to eradicate mold, homeowners may choose to either tackle the problem on their own or consult the expertise of a contractor. Either way, BBB advises that, it’s important for homeowners to do their research. According to the EPA’s Mold Guide, the many types of mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Mold can grow on any kind of wood, paper, carpet, and food.

In 2010, BBB received nearly 30,000 inquires on mold and mildew eradicators, said Stephen A. Cox, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. As mold can ultimately destroy anything that it lands on, it’s important to act smart and fast.

While homeowners should always avoid handling and touching mold without wearing proper gloves, there are also many other things to keep in mind. BBB and the EPA advise homeowners to consider the following:

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Beth was Director of BBB Services and wrote for the consumer education blog from 2008 to 2011. Beth also managed projects of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau Foundation, including the Student of Integrity Scholarship and senior citizen education programs, and she worked with local charities as a part of our charity reporting service.