7 Health Hazards of Mold
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The clock is ticking to prevent mold growth.

After a hurricane or tropical storm, one of the most serious consequences for homeowners whose houses have flooded is mold. After the water recedes and you take stock of the damage, the clock starts ticking. Mold growth requires moisture. You need to clean up and dry everything that got wet—or tear out and get rid of the materials that can’t be cleaned—to prevent mold growth. Mold growth will occur within 24 to 48 hours, and it can pose a significant health hazard to you and your family. Learn more about some of the health risks that mold can cause.

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