Unusually Wet Winter Causes Mold Increase in Homes

MEDFORD, Ore. -- It may feel like Spring out, but mold experts are encouraging southern Oregonians to take an extra look around the house. 

ACE Mold Inspector Joe Sells said his company has seen a 20-30 percent increase in mold problems compared to last year, specifically in attics. 

"The snow can block up ventilation and not allow the moisture to evaporate out of the attic like it normally would and also create a colder surface temperature on a roof sheeting, which increases the likelihood of condensation inside," Sells said. 

He said it is a good idea to put a thermometer in the attic and keep track of the temperature. If it starts to go over 50-60 percent humidity, it is a good idea to check out the ventilation. 

Sells said he deals with a lot of tenant issues since there is no law in Oregon that requires landlords to bring in professional help for mold problems, and it is a good idea to make it a Spring cleaning habit.  

"Take a look under the house, take a look above the house look in the places that you don't normally look," Sells said. 

He also said some of the worst cases he has seen usually come from people ignoring them. 

Sells said the mold increase means workers at his business are putting in extra work to get all the jobs done. 

"We bring in more people, subcontract more work and it really just comes down to us burning the candle at both ends working weekends, overtime and whatever has to happen," Sells said. 

Medford resident Roz Garcia said the jump in mold cases is a huge concern. 

"It creates a lot of problems for people and their health," Garcia said. "I know a few people who have had problems with it and once it gets in your apartment you can't get rid of it and you need to call in a professional," Garcia said.

Source: http://www.kdrv.com/story/34935165/unusually-wet-winter-causes-mold-increase-in-homes

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