By Andy Alcock
July 11, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Imagine returning from an extended out of town stay and finding your home covered in mold or mildew.
It happened to one local woman, and it was everywhere.
On Wednesday, Hanah Manuel showed us the mold or mildew covering her apartment in Tallahasssee's Miccosukee Hills complex.
For her, it's a serious health issue her doctor noted in a letter to complex management.
"I was coughing up blood," said Manuel. " I went to the doctor and they told me I could not be in this condition in this environment," she said.
How did it happen?
Hanah was away for about a month visiting family in Chicago.
When she left, she set the air conditioning between 85 and 90 degrees.
Complex maintenance man Logan McKnight says it needs to be no higher than 78.
"If it's any higher, it won't really kick on and you won't get that air flow and air flow is really the only thing that will stop mold or mildew or any other microbial growth from occurring," said McKnight.
McKnight says Hanah had a similar problem last summer.
But she says it was confined to a small space in her closet.
McKnight acknowledges the apartment complex was reluctant to pay for clean up this time.
Hanah says our questions for the management made the difference.
"Thank you for intervening on my behalf and yes they are going to take care of the situation, I really appreciate it," she said.
Reporter: "What made you folks decide you were going to take care of this for Hanah?"
McKnight: "Well mainly because she has health issues."
Reporter: "I guess when you go out of town for an extended period of time again, you're going to have that air conditioning a little bit lower right?"
Hanah: "Yes sir, absolutely."
McKnight says consistent rains over the last several weeks contributed to the problem.
He says the apartment should be ready for Hanah by Saturday.
In the meantime, she's staying with friends.