Experts offer tips to minimize impacts of potential mold growth in your home

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 10:51 PM CDT
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But, it’s not the colorful guest you want inside your house.

“The mold in the bathroom is looking really bad,” said a Bay County resident.

And it doesn’t stop at just mold.

“Mushrooms, I cut them down and they grow back and they’re inside the house,” said the anonymous woman.

She said these uninvited guests have been living in her house for more than ten months.

“They grow year-round in my house,” she added.

Bay County Department Of Health’s Joe Scully said mold needs three things to grow no matter what time of year.

“It needs food, nutrients, a place to grow, and moisture,” said Scully.

Moisture you can see more of in your household with the rise in humidity.

“The first thing I would do, when I walk in a home I smell because your nose can give you an indication that you might have a problem,” Daystar Cleaning Owner Steven Ransom

Ransom said some of the most common places molds can grow are your bathroom, vents, air conditioning units, and around windows. Troubled areas that look familiar in the anonymous woman’s house, to the point of making the family sick.

“I’m assuming it’s from the mold in the house,” said the anonymous woman.

“It’s not good for your indoor air quality. It’s not good for your respiratory system. It can just cause a lot of problems that you don’t really need,” said Ransom.

And for these problems you don’t need, there’s a solution.

Both experts say if the mold is small enough, you can clean it with soap and water. If the mold is excessive then it’s recommended to call a cleaning company.

“You want to take precautions with gloves, goggles, a respirator mask and use cleaning products designed for cleaning mold,” said Scully.

But some would say this pesky guest just won’t leave.

“I’ve cleaned it really good where the areas were and it still grew back,” said the woman.

And in that case, experts said it’s best to get the mold tested.

Ransom said there are thousands of different types of mold that could be living in your home. For more information about mold tips and prevention, visit Bay County DOH Mold.

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