As the warmer weather of the spring is moving in to replace the frigid air of the winter, many homeowners across the country are breathing a sigh of relief. However, it is important to remember that new seasons bring new potential problems and while the spring weather is much more pleasant than the winter, it can still cause problems for homeowners especially concerning mold. The thaw of the last bits of ice and snow from the winter along with the higher concentration of moisture in the air create ideal conditions for mold to grow. So as you open up and clean out your home this spring, make sure to be aware of high moisture or humidity that could cause mold growth.
If you control the moisture, you control the mold.
Mold growth can occur just about anywhere when the right conditions are met and moisture is a major factor in creating the right conditions. This is why controlling the moisture level in your home is so important for preventing mold growth, especially in the spring when moisture levels are higher. High moisture levels can cause mold spores which are ever present in the environment to latch onto surfaces such as wood, drywall, or insulation and start growing. It is important to identify mold growth immediately because it can cause property damage and health issues for those with a sensitivity to mold.
Finding Mold Growth
While the sight of mold is an obvious indication of mold growth in your home, mold might not always be visible. It can grow within walls, behind molding, and in hidden corners throughout the home which can be more difficult to discover. One way to find hidden mold growth is to smell it. Mold can produce a musty odor and if there is a strong musty smell in your home, there is a good chance it could be caused by hidden mold. Try to locate the source of the smell the best you can to find the growth. Another way to find hidden mold growth is to check areas prone to water damage. Kitchens and bathrooms as well as areas around doors and windows are susceptible to water damage so make sure to check these areas for excessive moisture or mold growth.
Preventing Mold this Spring
If you discover mold in your home, the extent of the mold growth will determine whether it should be handled by a mold removal specialist or if you can remove it yourself. Unless the growth is very minor, it is probably best to hire a professional to remove it which makes mold prevention the best action you can take. The following tips will help you keep your home mold free this spring:
- Clean out your gutters and keep them in working order.
- Fix water leaks from plumbing fixtures or pipes as soon as you find them.
- Wipe off condensation that may be found on windows, pipes, and walls.
- Water spills and leaks should be dried up immediately before mold has a chance to form.
- Minor mold growth can be scrubbed off of walls and other hard surfaces with water and detergent.
- Clean out the drip pans of your air conditioner.
- Try your best to keep the humidity level in your home below 60 percent.
The spring season is an exciting time because the long winter is finally over but it is important for homeowners to pay attention to the moisture level of their homes and watch out for mold growth. Taking the right precautions can help you avoid mold but if you do discover mold growth in your home, it is best to contact a mold remediation professional to handle the problem.