Summer Rains Grow Grass and Mold in Homes | News
The almost constant rain this summer may have helped your grass and flowers grow.
It's also sprouted mold in houses and buildings around Central Georgia.
Mike Veal, a mold mitigation expert, isn't hurting for business. He says mold cases, caused by summer rain, spiked his 140 percent when compared with the same months last year.
Veal says mold is easy to find in crawl spaces, floors, sheds, and air ducts. The cause is from too much moisture.
"The key is to determine the cause of the problem, what caused the mold and stop that," Veal explained.
Veal says getting rid of it is a do-it-yourself task for small areas or simple fixes.
"A strong dose of hydrogen peroxide. That we have found to be the best chemical to use," said Veal.
One common mistake, he says, is using bleach and water. The moisture in the water feeds the mold.
"For two or three days, it looks clean, then suddenly it comes back like a fur coat and it's fierce," explained Veal.
He says it's good to wear protection when cleaning mold and suggests, "putting on latex gloves... possibly a simple mask. Make sure the kids aren't home."
He added, "Mold can cause severe headaches, sinus problems, nose bleeds."
Veal and the CDC recommend calling in expert help for mold covering patches larger than 10 square feet, or if it's growing in the duct work.
"If you get water in your air duct line, it is not good to breathe," he explained.
Professional fixes can run from $200 to $15,000, and take a few hours or a few weeks. Veal says the quicker you catch it, the better off you'll be because it grows "like wildfire".
Before deciding your air ducts need an expensive cleaning or replacement, the CDC recommends having the service provider show you the mold.
You can test it to make sure it's mold for a $50 lab fee.