Spring is a time of vibrancy and warmth, but it also poses a greater risk for the growth of mold. Learn more about why mold is an issue in spring and what you can do to prevent it.
Melting Snow and Ice
Homes in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas are often surrounded by piles of snow and accumulated ice during the winter. As the weather warms, that snow and ice melts and the moisture has to go somewhere. If your home is not properly irrigated, the water could flow into your basement and foundation, causing mold to grow. Even if your home itself is well irrigated, nearby structures such as garden sheds and gazebos could pose a mold risk. The best way to prevent mold is to keep snow and ice away from your house as much as possible. Ensure that the exterior of your home is properly treated to ensure protection against moisture all year.
Another common cause of mold growth in the spring is increased humidity and rainfall. Basement walls and other untreated areas of the home are particularly vulnerable to the changing temperatures. Ensure that your home is properly ventilated to prevent the moist conditions that foster the growth of mold and mildew.
Signs of a Mold Problem
Allergies in people and pets are often the first sign that mold is present in a home, but the prevalence of allergies in spring can make it difficult to tell. It is important to monitor the humidity levels in your home as this time of year rolls around. Installing a dehumidifier in your basement and attic is one of the easiest ways to control moisture levels in the home. Mold spores tend to cling to drywall, insulation and other porous surfaces. Some mold has an obvious appearance, but it is entirely possible for mold to grow inside of walls and other areas where it is not readily visible.
In order to get peace of mind and a definitive answer as to whether there is mold in your house, you should call a professional mold remediation company for an inspection. Leaders in Disaster Restoration has provided honest and thorough inspections to area homeowners since 1991. Getting an annual inspection is the best way to identify mold risks and address the growth of mold before it becomes a costly repair issue.
Exterior Mold Prevention
Keeping your gutters and rooftop clean goes a long way towards preventing the growth of mold. Spring storms and showers lead to the accumulation of leaves, debris and moisture in these areas, which can eat away at your roofing materials over time. You should also regularly wipe condensation from pipes, walls and any other moist fixtures in the home to prevent mold from growing.
Small amounts of mold can easily be cleaned with a wet cloth and soap, but more extensive mold growth may require the help of a professional service. Call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066 for more information on scheduling a mold remediation consultation today.