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Sep 3, 2011 8:36 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

The Do's And Dont's Of Getting Rid Of Mold

Sep 5, 2011 11:54 AM

“Leave a leather-bound book in a bookcase for two or three years, there’s a good chance it will develop mold,” he said. “Leather has moisture in it.”

Another culprit could be the family dog or cat, he said.

“Say you dried off a wet pet with a towel and left it in the hallway closet on the floor. Three weeks later, you’ll have mold under the towel,” Mr. Fevola said.

But the biggest piece of advice from both experts was to be weary of hiring a company that will inspect for mold and then remediate a potential problem.

“In my book, there’s no way you can test and then do the job, and then guarantee the house is clean,” Mr. Fevola said. “It’s too much of a conflict of interest, so be careful.”

And in the wake of Hurricane Irene, Mr. Slack said he’s seen many homeowners being taken advantage of during their flood cleanups.

“Companies are coming in—not licensed, not certified—and have no understanding of what needs to be done,” he said. “If you go that way, you’ll end up paying tenfold in the long run.”

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