If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again!

Written by Peter Chicarielli

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The worst-case scenario is mold that silently grows behind a wall, under flooring or above acoustical ceiling tiles. This type of mold growth is usually caused by a leak that wasn't repaired properly, or if it was repaired,repparttar surrounding area wasn't sufficiently dried or treated before covering it with new drywall, tile, etc. If any part of your house has water damage history, it should be inspected carefully.

There have been many newspaper articles and news reports about families being forced to move from their homes and school closings due to toxic mold. But despiterepparttar 100091 media hype, most ofrepparttar 100092 mold people encounter is usuallyrepparttar 100093 harmless, gross-looking variety.

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1) Inspect - Look for early signs of mold and mildew in places such as basements, shower areas, walls that house water pipes, ceilings, etc.

2) Repair - Fix plumbing leaks, drain clogs, roof leaks or poor bathroom ventilation that can encourage mold growth.

3) Remove - Treat emerging mold and mildew thoroughly with a powerful cleaning product such as InstaGone Multi-Purpose Stain Remover.

4) Restore - Once mold and mildew stains have been treated with an effective cleaning solutions such as InstaGone, letrepparttar 100096 area dry thoroughly, apply a mold resistant primer and repaintrepparttar 100097 area.

The use of long rubber gloves, non-vented goggles and a chemical respirator to limit your exposure to mold are recommended. If you have an area of mold larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, have severe allergies or have been experiencing symptoms such as headaches and difficulty breathing, it's best to avoidrepparttar 100098 health risk, and call a certified mold remediation specialist immediately.

About The Author:

Peter Chicarielli is the president of InstaGone Consumer Products, the manufacturer of InstaGone Multi-Purpose Stain Remover and Quick-10 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. Mr. Chicarielli is a frequent QVC guest and the author of several articles on stain removal. For more information visit http://www.instagoneproducts.com

Help! I've been Robbed

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