Where there’s water damage — even severe dampness — mold can develop within 48 hours. It grows fast when there’s high temperature and humidity plus lack of light and air circulation.
This is serious! Here’s how to work fast, and work safe:
1. Find the mold. Look for live mold (slimy, fuzzy or downy, smears when touched, smells musty) and dead mold (dry, powdery). Check all porous materials (wood, paper, fiber, leather). Inspect places with trapped moisture and poor circulation (drawers, closets, behind baseboards).
2. Document the damage.
Use a still or video camera. Call your insurance agent to report the problem, AND send a letter, fax or email. Keep copies!