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Mold Prevention

  • Mold

    What Causes Mold?

    When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.

    Preventing Mold

    • The key to mold control is moisture control
    • Fix leaks and seepage as soon as you notice the issue
    • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground
    • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture to the outside
    • Vent your clothes dryer to the outside
    • Turn off certain appliances (such as humidifiers or kerosene heaters) if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces
    • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air
    • Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses
    • Use insulation or storm windows
    • Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners to promote air and heat circulation and keep doors open between rooms
    • Carpet on concrete floors can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants to grow - use area rugs which can be taken up and washed often
    • Dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth
    Dealing with Mold

    • Get rid of the excess water or moisture
    • Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water
    • Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced
    • Contact a mold remediation specialist
  • In the event of a loss, contact your local Liberty Mutual claims office, or call 1-800-2CLAIMS (1-800-225-2467) and a representative will assist you.
  • Note: Homeowners policies and coverages vary by state. A Liberty Mutual representative will gladly explain the coverages provided by your policy.