Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Over the past couple of months we've seen lots of rainfall. Mix that with the famously hot city and you have the perfect recipe for mold.
"By far, I can say this year has been bigger than the previous, the phone calls have not stopped ringing," Trey Mathias said.
Trey Mathais owns his own pressure washing company and has been in the business for seven years.
And he knows around this time of year he'll be busy.
"Basically if it's exposed to the elements, it's exposed to mold and mildew. Anybody and everybody is at risk, it doesn't matter what neighborhood," Mathias said. "It doesn't matter if the home is made out of vinyl, wood, brick, stucco, it's going to attack."
Mold can be spotted and treated early. Mathias says you can spot the changes.
"You'll start seeing significant differences if there's any mold or mildew, any green or black build up in certain areas common to the chimney, in areas close on the house that are close to your bush. Where plants and trees that might not be easily to prune them back frequently, those areas are more susceptible," he said.
He says if the mold goes untreated it could pose a problem to your family.
"It's usually for health issues you want to be careful, because we've heard stories of people waking up in the middle of the night having issues breathing and could barely breathe and what happened was the mold and mildew attacked the walls of the house," Mathias said.
And it's not just your walls that are in danger.
"Here in South Carolina, especially, we have a problem with an airborne algae called Gloeocapsa Magma," Mathias said. "It's completely normal, everybody down South receives it at one time or another in some form or fashion. Just because you have black streaks in your roof does not mean your roof needs to be replaced all you need is a simple cleaning."
Mathias recommends getting your house cleaned at least once every couple of years to prevent mold build up.