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Rainfall and humidity leading to mold problem in Columbus

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Homeowners and businesses in Columbus and the surrounding area are seeing an increase in mold because of all the rain and moisture. Combine that with the humidity, which reaches it's peak in the summer and you've got a breeding ground for mold.

When moisture is present, mold can grow on any substance. People are more susceptible to the health effects of mold when it is contained in a building environment, such as a home or office. Prompt attention to water damage or visible mold can often keep a minor problem from becoming major.

Summer is the busiest time of the year for Steamatic, a company that deals with mold inspection and removal. Because of the rain and high humidity this summer, they've received more calls than usual.

"With all the rain we've had recently, there's more than just a little humidity this summer," says Steamatic President Al Gaston.

Galston says in most cases, getting rid of mold takes more work than just pouring bleach on it.

If you wipe it with bleach, it may look like you've killed it," says Galston. "But it will come back."

Instead, he says to be proactive. If you spot water damage or anything else that could lead to mold growth, act quickly.

"Don't ignore it," he says. "You need to take care of it. The sooner you deal with something, especially something like mold,  the easier it is to take care of."

Galston says one of the biggest ways to prevent mold is to get a moisture monitor, which is used to test humidity levels. In your home it should be below 50, if any higher you should have someone come out and inspect for mold.

Experts say other ways to prevent mold is:

  1. Make sure your HVAC systems are working properly, they are a natural dehumidifier in your home
  2. When you have water leaks or spills in your home, act quickly -- if wet or damp materials or areas are dried within 24-48 hours after a leak or spill, there's a slim chance mold will grow.
  3. Clean and repair roof gutters regularly to limit sitting water.
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