What are the Worst Seasons for Mold Growth?

For homeowners, a common yet often looked-over issue threatening safety in the home is the presence of mold. It grows in specific conditions that require a high level of moisture and when left untreated, it can cause damage to walls, floors, and ceilings where it is left to grow. And because mold tends to thrive in dark areas without much airflow, like closets, attics, and other storage spaces, even personal items can become damaged by excessive mold growth. Spores released by the fungus can cause allergy-like symptoms, and people with respiratory illnesses, like asthma, are particularly susceptible to the effects of mold in the home.

Because mold needs a specific environment to thrive, there are certain times of the year when mold growth is the worst. Here is what you need to know about the worst seasons for mold growth.

Mold in the Spring

As mentioned above, mold needs a high level of moisture to thrive and spread, making springtime the perfect season for a mold problem. If you live in an area that freezes over in the winter, the warmer temperatures of spring can cause the melting of ice and snow. This flood of new water can often leak into basements or around the side of the home where it provides enough moisture for mold to begin growing. Not to mention, spring showers bring even more excess moisture.

In the springtime, check areas that attract or retain moisture: basements, attics, unused windows, and closets. Keep your eye out for musty odors, wet spots on drywall, and condensation around windows.

Mold in the Summer

Locations that experience high humidity, particularly the Southeast and the Midwest of the United States, will generally have a higher rate of mold growth than drier areas, and summer tends to be a season that brings a lot of ambient humidity. While using the air conditioning indoors brings down the temperature, it also brings down the moisture as well, helping to reduce mold growth in the home. However, don’t be fooled: the moisture extracted from the air is rerouted out of the home or to a drain. If there is a leak somewhere in the route, the water could be dumped into basements or crawl spaces where mold loves to grow. Also, lowering the temperature drastically indoors could cause condensation to appear on windows and doors that connect to the heat of the outdoors. If left unattended, this condensation could provide the perfect wet environment for mold to thrive.

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If there are signs of mold, calling removal professionals like Mold Doctors is your best possible solution. If you see mold, mold remediation should be applied to ensure that your home or business is free of mold or toxins. Questions? Reach out to us today for a free quote or call us directly at (508) 534–9091. We are proud to serve Yarmouth, Dennis, Barnstable, and the rest of Cape Cod & South Shore Area.

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