County inspects building interiors for "black organic growth"

Mold, mildew, and algae are common in Hillsborough County.

Central Florida's heat and humidity are conducive to growth of the unsightly, and sometimes dangerous, fungi. Inside residences, the problem usually stems from a leak or water intrusion.

Code EnforcementĀ receives frequent calls about mold, mildew, and algae, usually from renters moving into a residence, or from those being evicted for lack of upkeep.

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Most fungi are harmless, but some types of mold can cause flu-like symptoms, fatigue, or breathing problems.

The County has limited authority to deal with complaints. Code Enforcement does not test fungi to determine its type, or potential to cause harm. Only a certified lab can do that, and landowners or renters must initiate and pay for the procedure.

County inspectors can issue a notice of violation to property owners or managers for "black organic growth" on indoor surfaces such as countertops, cabinets, air-conditioners, and clothing; and inside walls, floors, and ceilings. Inspectors do not inspect for mold, mildew, or algae on the outside of structures.

Posted: 2/26/2024, 5:30:45 PM