Checking for Mold this Fall
Mold season is the time of year when mold is most likely to grow due to factors like location and climate. While mold can grow any time, but there are certain months out of the year that mold growth is most common. Mold growth is most common from early spring to mid-fall, but peaks during late summer. Be sure to check for excess moisture on your property during weather and climate changes, such as snow thaw, heavy rain, and humidity.
Mold forms when its airborne spores encounter moisture and food sources, such as wood, dirt, and paper. Moisture can be found in humidifiers, leaky roofs and pipes, flooding, and on walls. Mold growth has an unpleasant odor, and causes damage to the structural core of the building. It also increases the risk of allergens and infections in the residents of the home. Young children, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems are the most at risk for health effects.
Winter is the season when mold is dormant, but that doesn’t mean the threat is completely gone. Mold doesn’t die out during winter – it “hibernates,” especially in areas with extremely low temperatures. Areas with mild winters may experience mold growth all year long. After the mold has been dormant for the winter, it can find hosts in damp places or dead plants. To prevent this, have a mold remediation specialist, like SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna come in and assess and resolve the issue. Be alert during early spring to mid-fall and learn about mold damage during each season.
Fall is the time of year when mold slows down and begins readying to “hibernate” during the winter. Fall is the easiest part of the mold season because the mold becomes dormant due to the increasingly cold weather and homeowners don’t have to worry about rain or humidity causing mold growth. However, continue to check your home for mold in mid-fall to remove the dormant mold before wintertime.
As temperatures are dropping and we are considering all the ways we need to prep ourselves and our homes for winter, consider checking for mold! If you find something concerning or you are unsure, call an expert, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna, for your mold remediation!
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