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Mold Takes Over Local Woman's Apartment
Carpets, Walls Covered With Mold

CINCINNATI -- Mold has taken over a local woman's apartment, but she's not sure if she can get out of the building.

Mold Takes Over

The mold is covering the walls, floors, doors, and carpet of Pamela Crooms' apartment in Kennedy Heights, WLWT Eyewitness News 5's Tony Gnau reported.


"It's past gross," Crooms said. "It's disgusting."
Crooms' best guess is that a leaky faucet caused the mold to form. Her landlord fixed the faucet, but the mold moved in a few weeks later.


"I think (the faucet) is where it started, because that faucet was running for about nine days," she said.


Cincinnati Health Department spokesman Denis Boudreau said that all mold cases are treated the same.


"We treat all mold as being unhealthy," Boudreau said.
In addition to calling the Health Department, Crooms has called the landlord, but nobody has cleaned the inside of the home after one visit there.


"(The owners) came and looked at it, and said, 'Oh, this is gross,' and they haven't been back," she said. "They sent someone out to clean out the gutters, and that was it."


Meanwhile, Crooms said she doesn't know where to turn. At this point, she wants out of the apartment, and she thinks her landlord should pay for the move because the mold was unexpected.


The property manager said that the landlord will consider paying for Crooms' moving expenses, WLWT Eyewitness News 5's Tony Gnau reported Monday. And Boudreau said he'll try to make sure the landlord helps.


"What I'm going to do is try to get them to put you in another area, and that's my next step," Boudreau said.


Crooms said that's only fair.


"It's not like I had planned it," she said. "It's not like I planned to move. This is something that happened. So I have my rent money for next month, but I don't feel they deserve my rent money for next month."


The company that owns the building, Dyer and M.E. Realtors, declined an on-camera interview, Gnau reported.


Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis found that nearly all of the chronic sinus infections suffered by Americans are caused by mold, Gnau reported.


Mold also is blamed for tripling the rate of asthma in America over the past two decades.


Your best defense is to be on the lookout for mold growth. It can be any color, ranging from white to black to fluorescent green. If you find mold in your home, get it checked out by an inspector, Gnau reported.

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