Mold check finds areas of 'concern' in some Fort Gordon quarters
By TRAVIS HIGHFIELD | The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 9, 2016
Fort Gordon officials said Friday that they have identified a handful of rooms in two barracks that showed “signs for concern” regarding mold.
The announcement comes a day after officials were made aware of concerns after a Facebook post showing signs of mold on pillows, chairs and ceiling tiles generated more than 400 comments and 370 shares Wednesday.
The anonymous submitter claims the mold was found in his room in one of the barracks, saying the room is cleaned every three to four days with bleach to prevent mold, but to no avail.
“My command said the issues (have) been elevated to garrison (but) nothing has been done except small fixes that don’t even work,” the post read.
Officials began checking the claims Thursday, and on Friday the installation announced that it has identified the room in the photos, which was never occupied in its reported condition, according
to a statement from Fort Gordon Garrison Commander Col. Sam Anderson.
After the soldier notified his chain of command, he was relocated and the room was cleaned and tested.
“In all, 188 rooms were inspected in two buildings,” Anderson said in the release. “Only eight rooms showed signs of concern and seven of those rooms were unassigned and unoccupied.”
Officials attribute the cause of the mold to “unseasonably warm temperatures, high humidity and the fact that the subject buildings were 95 percent unoccupied over the holiday block leave period.”
Soldiers returned from that two-week leave Sunday.
A Fort Gordon spokesperson was unable to identify which barracks were inspected for mold.
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