Humid, wet summer means more mold problems - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Humid, wet summer means more mold problems

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

This year's wet weather has led to mold problems for many homeowners in South Georgia.  

One business that treats the growing fungus has seen a huge increase in mold cases.

Jud Savelle of Bishop Clean Care and his team of technicians have been busy treating homes contaminated with mold.

"In the last two weeks I've looked at six cases and normally we would not see that many in a year's time," says Savelle.

The wetter than average summer and high humidity have created an ideal environment for mold.

Savelle says the most common type they're treating is what's called surface mold.

"These have been the slower types of mold growth that have occurred from humidity levels being too high. And with the exterior air being so high in humidity these days and all the rain we've had, it's just adding fuel to the fire."

If left untreated, mold could impact your health, specifically your respiratory system.

"Mold does affect people in different ways, that's the reason there's really no hard laws on it, we just know it's not good for you," explains District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner. "So what may affect you may not bother me in the same environment.  However, any mold is not acceptable."

Experts say the best way to fight mold is to eliminate the two things it needs to thrive: food and water.

Mold can live off of a variety of food sources including dust, wood, paper in the home, and anything organic that it can feed off of, according to officials.

Savelle recommends keeping a clean house and getting your air conditioning unit checked on a regular basis. He says most of the cases his company has seen recently have come from the air conditioning system putting out too much humidity into the home.

And the cost? A small mold treatment can cost between $1,000 and $2,000. Bigger jobs can cost higher than $10,000. And when it comes to insurance, experts recommend checking with your provider to see if you are covered or eligible for coverage.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.