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Cleanup & Removal Health Precautions

When approaching a mold removal and cleaning project, one of the most important considerations is the potential risk from mold exposure (see Health Effects of Indoor Mold). Mold counts in the air can be 10 to 1,000 times higher than normal during a removal or cleaning project. Because of the potential health risks from mold exposure, it is advisable, particularly for larger (greater than 30 square feet) contamination situations, to contact a mold remediation contractor (see Hiring a Mold Consultant or Contractor). Individuals who have allergies, asthma or respiratory disease; are immunosuppressed; or have other health problems should not take part in a during mold removal/cleaning project or be in the general area of the project.

To minimize exposure and/or potential health risks from conducting a mold remediation project, take the following precautions:

Additional details and steps for addressing various types and sizes of mold remediation projects can be found at the New York City Department of Health's website under Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments. External link

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