Monday January 21st, 2019 7:43PM

Health Officials: Beware of mold, mildew as drier weather begins

By Rebecca Hubbard Reporter/Anchor

With all of the rain and moisture we've had over the last several days, mold and mildew could very likely follow.

Jonathan Terry, Deputy Director for Environmental Health in Public Health District 2 based in Gainesville, said it's important to deal with standing water right away

"Eliminate the sources of water, especially during a flood like this. If your house has been flooded, you want to try to make sure to get the house clean. All of the areas that were wet, you want to get those dried out within 24 to 48 hours," Terry said in an interview with AccessWDUN.

He said they expect to see an increase in calls regarding mold and mildew as the waters receed.

"Mold can grow anywhere," Terry explained. "So, you want to be diligent about any kind of sources of water, especially if you have any air conditioners that are leaking or windows that don't seal properly and moisture builds up around the windows. Going into the summertime that's a common problem."

Terry said if you are trying to clean up a large amount of standing water without hiring a professional, the EPA offers a website that can be very helpful. You can view that website by clicking here.

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