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Mold Moves In

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This stairwell looks perfectly normal. But on the inside, the walls are covered in thick, black mold. This stairwell looks perfectly normal. But on the inside, the walls are covered in thick, black mold.
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. -

This summer’s wet weather is causing mold to move in across the Upstate.

At least three schools are cleaning up the fungus.

The same pesky problem is plaguing homes all over the area.

Christine Boisher’s stairwell in her Simpsonville home looks perfectly normal. But on the inside, the walls are covered in thick, black mold.

For Boisher, the musty smell was the first clue.

“Every time I kept going up and down the hallway, I said, 'I smell mold. I smell mold,'" said Boisher.

She said the mold moved in during this summer's heavy rains.

“It's gross," she said.

That's when she called in the experts.

Doug Whitehead, owner of Array of Solutions, said he's seen business double this summer.

“That's what we're looking for is moisture because if there's moisture, there's going to be mold eventually," said Whitehead.

So how do you spot mold you can't see?

Whitehead said the smell is the best indicator, but the next time you see what you think is a stain, take a closer look. It could be a red flag.

“If it grows, monitor that. That's something organic and it is growing. You should have it checked out," said Whitehead.

According to the CDC, mold can cause lung inflammation and aggravate allergies and asthma.

If you're allergic to mold, your eyes may be overly watery and itchy. Doctors also say watch for trouble breathing and sinus pressure. If your breathing gets labored, you need to go to an emergency room.

“With being a respiratory therapist, I know what it can do to you. And I have asthma anyway, so it's not going to do me any good," said Boisher.

Whitehead will send an air quality sample to the lab for testing, but Boisher said the cough she's had for two weeks already tells her everything she needs to know.

According to the CDC, you can remove mold yourself from hard surfaces with a solution of one cup bleach and one gallon water. If you have mold under your carpet, in the insulation or wallboard, it will most likely have to be removed.

At Presbyterian College in Clinton they're temporarily moving about 350 students out of their dorms to clean up mold. In the Greenville County School District, cleanup is underway at the Washington Center. Boiling Springs High School in Spartanburg County has several classrooms sealed off.

Fire Station 3 in Greenwood had to be temporarily closed last month because of mold.

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