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Health Tip: Take Care of Mold Problems

Health Tip: Take Care of Mold Problems

03/18/13

(HealthDay News) -- Promptly and thoroughly cleaning up mold can help prevent health problems associated with breathing contaminated air.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists these suggestions for properly cleaning up mold:

  • Promptly take care of any plumbing leaks or problems with the walls; make sure anything that gets wet is thoroughly dried.
  • Use detergent and water to scrub mold off of any surfaces; make sure to dry them thoroughly.
  • Consider throwing away porous materials such as carpet or ceiling tiles that have gotten wet, because it can be difficult to completely remove mold.
  • Limit your exposure to the mold when cleaning it up.
  • Do not paint or caulk over moldy areas.
  • Consider consulting a specialist to clean up mold in challenging areas or on valuable items.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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