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September is Mold Awareness Month

September 1, 2011

MUKILTEO, WA — September is Mold Awareness Month, designed for homeowners and facility managers to evaluate the possibility of mold growth in their properties under normal or emergency situations, according to a press release.

Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mold Awareness Month is especially significant for carpet cleaning technicians because we know mold can develop not only after emergencies, but also when carpets take too long to dry after cleaning, the release stated.

"It can also be very costly to eradicate," said Mickey McKee, vice president of sales and marketing for U.S. Products and HydraMaster.

"It is estimated that water and mold damage cost insurers more than $2.5 billion annually, much of which can be prevented," McKee added.

According to the release, a few ways to prevent mold from developing include fixing water leaks as soon as they are detected; keeping hard surface floors, counters and upholstery dry; and using dehumidifiers and air conditioners in hot, humid climates.

Click here to read the complete release.