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Woman wants out of apartment after finding mold

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A Midstate woman said black mold in her apartment is making her and her daughter sick.

Deborah Sallemi and her daughter moved into the Country Village Apartments in Smyrna in August. She said it didn’t take long for the problems to start.

“My daughter was sick within the first week,” Sallemi said. “By the next week, I was sick, too.”

Sallemi ruled out a cold or allergies. She did some digging and found what she believed to be black mold growing in her apartment and air vents.

She took some pictures of the air conditioner before it was cleaned by the apartment maintenance crew. She brought those pictures to her doctor.

“The first thing out of her mouth was, ‘That’s black mold,’” Sallemi said.

Jamie Shelley works with Servpro and specializes in cleaning black mold.

“Looks like some aggressive mold growth for sure,” Shelley said. “Definitely something we’d see pretty often.”

Although he couldn’t confirm it’s stachybotrys, or black mold as it’s commonly known, Shelley said it is certainly something to be concerned about.

“Generally speaking, we treat all molds as an allergen,” Shelley said. “And will all allergens, some people react more severely than others. So all molds should be removed from the indoor environment.”

Sallemi has decided to remove herself and her daughter from the apartment.

“I told them I’d be out by the first of next month,” she said. “They hadn’t responded yet to it.”

Apartment management told Channel 4 that mold is a common problem, but Sallemi was in such a rush to get into her unit that they allowed her to move in before they could properly clean it. They also said they would not penalize her for breaking her lease.

The Environmental Protection Agency advises anyone who thinks they may have a mold problem to take care of it immediately. The EPA said they should get it cleaned up and fix whatever is causing excess moisture in their home.

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