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With Spring here & the Winter snows melted, in many areas of the country mold is becoming prevalent. Mold requires very little to grow (warm, damp areas) and if left unchecked can become a physical danger to those that breathe in the spores.

The North Carolina Department of Health shares some information on their website about mold:

  • Water can enter into any building without proper prevention/maintenance
  • Water vapor/humidity can help to promote mold growth
  • HVAC units that are too small for the building/area it is meant to cool/heat can contribute to increasing the humidity/allow for condensation to occur

On Martha Stewart’s website, she shares some prevention tips as well:

  • Be sure to wipe down/squeegee all wet surfaces after taking a shower or bath
  • Don’t use a bleach cleaning product, use tea tree oil for hard surfaces
  • Take care of leaky pipes/faucets/roof leaks/foundation cracks to prevent water/mold damage
  • Have your HVAC checked if your vents smell “musty” or there is condensation around them
  • DO NOT try to take care of mold yourself

Finally on ServPro’s website, they recommend the following if mold is found:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Turn off your HVAC to prevent spreading of spores
  • Don’t use bleach or other biocides
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself


Some homeowners policy include $10,000 – $50,000 for mold remediation, but as you read the fine print – the coverage is available only to covered water losses only and only after the water damage had been taken care of…


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At Marsilje & Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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