Bertie County official: Get your home inspected for mold

WINDSOR, N.C. (WNCT) – Al Jarrell has been spending his days recently like many other Windsor residents, ripping out carpets damaged by flooding. Many of his belongings sit on the side of the road.

“I am ready for the next phase,” Jarrell said. “I hope it’s better than this one.”

Bertie County Chief Building Inspector Granville Pittman said the next step for residents like Jarrell is to combat the growth of mold, even if that means trashing all wet furniture to ensure safety. He said with over 20 years of experience, he’s seen mold grow everywhere.

“If they do not get it dried out or something and put the walls back, then definitely mold is going to accumulate in the house, and it’s just going to get worse,” said Pittman.

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Pittman said it’s not required for residents to have their homes inspected, but it would be in their best interest. All Bertie County residents have to do is call and make an appointment.

“We will come look at it,” Pittman said. “If it is dry enough… they can put the walls or sheet rock or whatever it may be back up.”

Pittman said it is crucial to have someone with experience look at homes and deem them dry and safe. He said right now, appointments are free due to the situation.

If you would like to request an inspection, call Bertie County Emergency Services at 252-794-5302.

Mold isn’t the only issue facing Bertie County residents. Windsor Chief of Police James Lane is warning residents to be cautious when looking for a contractor.

Chief James said during the last flood, many contractors came from out of town and took advantage of older adults. His advice? Don’t pay up front.

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“Reputable businesses have supplies and finances to purchase goods and tools and product that they will need to do a job with,” said Lane. “You should never pay anything up front to get a job completed.”

Lane said you can always call the Chamber of Commerce or Inspections Department to make sure the company or business is legitimate.