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Excess rain causing mold in homes

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - With the rain not letting up anytime soon, mold has now infiltrated not only local schools, but it's also a big issue for homeowners.

"Humidity is the enemy right now because of all of the moisture," said Heather Winslow of Next Step Environmental Services in Bethlehem.

She says they've noticed a rise in calls over mold concerns over the last two months.

Routine air quality checks, securing active leaks and clearing downspouts and gutters are some of the most proactive measures you can take as the likelihood of more rain is on the way.

Before you notice mold growing in your home, Next Step has implemented a new technology to detect mold-causing agents.

A 30-minute process, known as AirAdvice, will take a sample of the air in your home and produce a detailed report.

Those results can then be compared to an outdoor air sample, set up to gauge the relative humidity.

"When it reads your relative humidity and it comes up high, you can bet that there's something else suspicious that you can't see," says Winslow.

In the wake of Tropical Storm Florence, President of Next Step Matthew Winslow says mold ought to be something to look out for.

"People are already experiencing issues. It's going to be catastrophic all over again."

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