FALKVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - We have a warning for homeowners in north Alabama, especially concerning homes that have crawl spaces. Because of the kind of weather we have in the Tennessee Valley, homes are at risk of mold.
Specifically, one kind of mold that devours wood and cannot be killed. A Falkville family has found out the hard way.
The Lockharts' sprawling home was built with all the conveniences a homeowner could dream of. They spared no expense when they built it in 2008.
Four years later, Glenda Lockhart came home to find the floor in her master bedroom had begun to collapse. Her husband went under the home and took pictures.
"We found that we had a wood-rotting fungi in our crawl space, which had totally destroyed the I-beams," said Glenda Lockhart.
She was shocked at how quickly mold devoured her dreams.
"Within a few months, you could have a significant amount of mold growth," said Neil Matson, a mold expert with Terrell Technical Services.
Matson says the mold that attacked the Lockharts' home is common in north Alabama and could happen to anyone.
So the question is, what can be done? Monday, September 23 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m., why there is no easy solution to fixing this problem and how to make sure this doesn't happen to your home.