There Is Mold In My Home/Business. How Do I Know If It’s Toxic Or Dangerous?

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If you found mold growing in your home or place of business, you should focus on removing the mold, not identifying it. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend that you take a sample of the mold, because evidence indicates that allergies are the most common health issues associated with molds. 

Since the allergic reactions can vary among individuals greatly, sampling and culturing is not a good way of determining the risks to your health. If there is any indication of mold in your Florida home, there is always a health risk, and therefore it needs to be removed. To do so, you can get the expert advice of a Florida homeowners insurance attorney. 

How do I get rid of the mold? 

Large growths of mold can usually be seen or smelled. If you have a discovered a large amount of mold in your Florida home, you may need to hire a professional to come and remove it for you. However, if there is only a small amount of mold, you can remove it with standard cleaning products, or a simple bleach solution. You can make this by mixing no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water from the tap. If you do use a bleach solution, make sure to: 

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia (this will produce toxic fumes);
  • Open your doors and windows to let in fresh air; and
  • Wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear. 

Large amounts of mold however, may be inside walls, under flooring, or in other areas you will not be able to see or clean without dismantling part of your home. That is why it is always recommended to have a professional inspect your home, identify areas where mold is present, and most importantly, determine what is causing the mold issue so the problem can be remedied. If neglect was related to your mold issue, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Speaking to an experienced Florida homeowners insurance attorney can help you learn more about your legal options. 

A Florida homeowners insurance attorney at Falk & Falk Law Firm know how important it is to you and your family to get the settlement you need in order to move on with your lives. Our attorneys have experience in helping victims of natural disasters —and other homeowners’ nightmares— to recover from their loss. An experienced attorney can help you fight for the compensation that you need and navigate the tricky world of homeowners and hurricane insurance. Contact us today – 1-(305) 742-0878.