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Beware Spotty Mold Insurance Coverage

Owners with mold in the home may face a double-whammy: Their insurance policy may not cover the damage it’s caused.

Mold needs water or moisture to grow, but not all causes of water damage are covered by homeowners’ policies, reports the Illinois Department of Insurance. Standard homeowners policies don’t cover water damage caused by “maintenance” problems, such as continuous or repeated water seepage or leakage, humidity or condensation problems, or landscaping or drainage problems. Homeowners policies also exclude water damage caused by floods.

The best way to avoid an iffy insurance claim for mold? Heading off mold before it takes hold. Help owners do that by posting to your website a free article, How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom Mold, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the September “Stretch Home Repair/Remodel Dollars” article package.

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