The News Press story about a renter’s horrific experience with mold in Southwest Florida is an excellent article that combines the details of a renter’s experience with common signs of mold and recommendations for its prevention.
The article begins with the story of a Bonita Springs tenant who had no idea she was moving into an apartment with a known mold problem where no professional mold remediation had been performed. This known problem was not disclosed by the property management company when she signed the lease. It was only after she moved in and was told by neighbors did she learn that the previous tenants moved because of a mold infestation. A fresh coat of paint and airing out the unit covered up the problem for a few months. It didn’t take long for the tenant and her son to start feeling ill from the effects of mold with breathing problems and watery eyes. Soon items stored in one of the rooms were covered with mold and had to be discarded.
What many residents and visitors do not know is that winter months are an optimum time for the growth of mold in Florida. Even with cool temperatures, damp conditions and humidity are often present. Opening up windows and doors and turning off air conditioning without the use of dehumidifiers can rapidly lead to the growth and spread of mold. Once there is a mold problem, the only effective solution is proper mold removal through professional mold remediation services.
Several suggestions are presented in this story for the prevention of mold. Some of these include:
Use dehumidifiers and air conditioning when humidity is high.
Avoid opening windows at night and turning off AC when humidity is often at its peak. Use dehumidifiers when air conditioning is off.
Do a sniff test to detect a musty odor. Check enclosed spaces like cabinets and closets where air circulation is minimal. Get a professional mold inspection if a musty odor is present or when there are visible signs of mold.
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