So many things are associated with fall- holidays, family events, cozy sweaters, and warm drinks. There’s also the more natural side- apples, pumpkins, leaves, mushrooms… and mold. Is fall a moldier season than the warmer months that come before it? If heat helps aid mold growth, does that even make sense? How can you prevent autumn mold growth? We’ll be giving you some solid tips in today’s post, so keep reading to find out what you need to know!
Humidity and mold
When you hear humidity, you probably also think of heat. Hot, humid weather is some of the hardest to deal with, and it can also contribute to mold growth. But what you may not know is that humidity is actually higher in cold weather. This is because when the weather is cooler, the same amount of water vapor in the air technically results in a higher relative humidity level. Because humidity and the resulting condensation can be a contributor to mold, this is something to be aware of as the weather grows cooler.
Rainfall and leaks
Another major contributor to mold problems throughout the year is rain. Even a small, unexpected leak can cause serious mold issues! Especially when it comes to leaks in areas like roofs, where the water makes a lot of contact, there can be widespread damage. A big concern with rainfall and leaks is the fact that water often runs into areas that are hard to reach or detect. It’s much easier to deal with mold growing in the middle of your floor than a moldy spot in the back corner of an attic! Stay abreast of potential issues by keeping up with regular household maintenance. This means roofs, seals around doors and windows, and sump pumps in basements. Rainfall often peaks in autumn months, so stay abreast of the forecast and of your home repairs!
Sunlight is a great deterrent for mold and mildew growth. Unfortunately for our purposes, sunlight in fall can be in short supply. With daylight savings in effect, there are less sunlit hours in the day to make use of this natural mold-killer. Darker and cooler days also mean less time with the windows open, allowing fresh air to circulate. If necessary, make use of fans or air purifiers to maintain circulation. These items can also help with the proper amount of humidity indoors, which should stay between 40-60%.
If you’re worried about potential mold issues going into the fall season, or are concerned you may already have mold, don’t worry! Our expert team can help with inspection, remediation, and prevention. Give the Flood Medix a call and let us do our stuff!