Mold takes hold in Southwest Georgia

Mold overtakes an office, but this could've been avoided with the right tools and knowledge. / Servpro Albany

Southwest Georgia is by nature a breeding ground for mold, but the summer of 2013 has taken that title to new heights, pouring down buckets of rain.

"It's here all the time, year-round, but under the certain conditions, and certain weather patterns, you're going to have increased counts," said Kyle Carter, owner of Servpro Cleanup in Albany.

Carter says that with our wet summer, home owners should be inspecting and checking their home for any kind of growth.

"Mold feeds using water, any moist environments, it's going to use that moisture to feed off of whatever food source it can find," said Carter.

The threat of mold isn't just an inconvenience though, for allergy sufferers, it can mean big time headaches and future health problems.

"We see that growing around sinks, and tubs in wet areas, and that's a very common allergen that increases symptoms in people that are allergic to it," said allergist, Nancy McKemie.

But getting rid of this pesky fungi can be difficult, with officials saying that cleaning supplies that contain bleach could actually be feeding the next batch of bacterial babies.

The last thing that you want to do is put bleach on there. What happens is, bleach will work for a little while, but once the chlorine breaks down, what's left is a food source for mold to come right back," says Carter.

Even though bleach might not work however, there are other home remedies that can keep the mold away.

"Use some Dawn dish-soap, or a soapy detergent solution. Wipe it down, dry it out and then keep an eye on it to see if any growth comes back," says Carter.

Carter adds that if those solutions don't work, the next step should be to call a professional. If ignored mold can become an even bigger issue, and one that could affect your home, and your health.