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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.
Mold is a type of fungus that:
You can get a humidity and temperature monitor hygrometer at a home improvement store. Your goal is 45% or lower relative humidity.
Only a small portion of the 1000s of types of mold are toxic. Black mold is very common, but not all black mold is toxic. If you have concerns about the toxicity of mold in your studio or storage space, call a local hospital, health department, or university biology department.
DO NOT WORK IN A MOLD INFESTED SPACE if you — or others helping — have allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, or impaired immunity systems.
If a major disaster occurred, you may wait some time for an insurance adjuster. In the meantime, absolutely do these things so that the company cannot refuse the claim because of your lack of vigilance:
Artist Marlene McCarty experienced a flood that jeopardized her work before a major show