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Humid summers lead to mold problems across Chattahoochee Valley

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Rena Berry shows in a cell phone video that her air conditioning unit had black mold inside of it. Health officials say if you’re exposed to mold in your home, health issues can be common. Rena Berry shows in a cell phone video that her air conditioning unit had black mold inside of it. Health officials say if you’re exposed to mold in your home, health issues can be common.
Experts say moisture is a breeding ground for mold. We're often exposed to this mold because of our humid summers and it can make us sick. Experts say moisture is a breeding ground for mold. We're often exposed to this mold because of our humid summers and it can make us sick.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The summer time means high humidity across the Chattahoochee Valley and with humidity, often comes mold.

Experts say moisture is a breeding ground for mold. We're often exposed to this mold because of our humid summers and it can make us sick.

Rena Berry says doctors tell her she became sick because of mold exposure. She says she was recently diagnosed with pneumonia after living in an apartment that had mold in it.

“It was just really hard for me to breath, my chest felt like it was caving in, it was the worst pain I’ve ever been in,” said Berry.

She found out that the air she had been breathing was filled with mold, as she discovered that her air conditioning unit had black mold inside of it.

Health officials say if you’re exposed to mold in your home, health issues can be common.

“Mold can be a very significant problem,” said Dr. Robert Cartwright of The Allergy Center at Brookstone. “It can be on-par with pollen, cats dogs, dustmites. So it is a very significant allergen for our environment, mostly because we live in a very wet and humid environment that encourages mold growth.”

Berry says the apartment complex has rectified the situation and she hopes that she’ll be able to live in a mold-free environment.

Experts say the best ways to prevent mold are:

  1. Make sure your HVAC systems are working properly, they are a natural dehumidifier in your home. Also, if you go on vacation and leave your home, keep the AC running to help dehumidify the 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.

Experts say that if you feel that your property owner, landlord or builder has not been responsive to mold concerns, you can contact the local board of health or housing authority.

David Hurst

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