What Time of Year Should You Look For Mold?

Mold is most common from the spring through the fall. During this time, the temperature and humidity levels are perfect for mold growth. Mold grows in specific conditions that require a high level of moisture and if left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage to walls, floors, and ceilings. 

Mold tends to thrive in dark areas without airflow, such as closets, attics, and other storage spaces. Therefore, personal items can also become damaged by mold growth. The spores that are released by the fungus will also result in allergy-like symptoms – making mold a bigger concern for those with respiratory illnesses. Overall, ignoring the presence of mold in your home or not looking for it at all can cause devastating consequences for you and your family. Here is what you need to know about the worst seasons for mold growth.

Concerns for Mold in the Spring & Fall

Spring and Fall are commonly known as the worst seasons for mold growth. Especially in regions with heavy rain and high water levels, the moisture can cause expedited growth. Heavy rain showers can bring the best environment for mold. Similar to how plants come back season after season, mold will also begin to grow again once the spring hits. Therefore, acknowledging the presence of mold in all seasons is essential. Check your basement, windows, and crawl spaces for signs of water during rainstorms. Finished basements or attics are better at hiding signs of mold, so keep an eye out for sagging drywall or weird odors.

Concerns for Mold in the Summer

Summer tends to be one of the worst seasons for mold growth on the East Coast and the Midwest due to high humidity levels. Both bathrooms and kitchens are already prone to high humidity and are most susceptible to mold growth. Poor ventilation will also make this problem worse. Additionally, using central air units can help reduce humidity, but sometimes if it is too cold inside and hot & humid outside, condensation can occur around windows and doors. In either case, mold will grow if you don’t clean these areas.

Concerns for Mold in the Winter

Beyond popular belief, believe it not mold does grow in cold weather. Your home is warmer than you think in the winter months – furnaces, hot water tanks, and dryers can boost the temperature for mold to grow. In the Winter, most homes are kept between 65 ° F/18° C and 75 ° F/24° C, which is ideal for mold growth during the winter. On top of this, freezing cold temperatures actually don’t kill mold. While freezing temperatures will stop mold from growing temporarily, it will usually return in the spring once temperatures return to normal – just like the plants in your yard. Mold is unfortunately extremely resident and it will take more than just a little cold weather to kill it. 

Contact Mold Doctors

So, in short – you should always be looking out for mold. Whether it is the dead of winter or your AC is running at full capacity, the presence of mold is always a threat. If there are signs of mold, call our team at Mold Doctors for the best and most permanent solution. 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 & the South Shore Area.

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