Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the promise of warmer weather (at least for some of us). But before you break out the shorts and sandals, there’s something you should know: mold season is coming. That’s right!
Every year spring arrives, and allergies follow shortly after that. Along with runny noses, sneezing, and watery eyes, another annoyance often pops up during mold season: an increase in home allergens. While you can’t necessarily avoid all of the triggers that set off your allergies, there are ways you can minimize the number of allergens in your home environment.
Keep reading as our experts from Aqua Dry Restoration Co. offer our top tips!
Spring is Beautiful, BUT!
Spring is a beautiful time for homeowners to get outside and enjoy nature. However, spring also means more rain — sometimes too much! When there’s an excessive amount of precipitation during the spring months (or any season), it can cause dampness in your home environment that opens up the door to mold growth.
Mold, What Are You?
Mold spores are microscopic particles so small you can’t see them with your naked eye. These tiny organisms thrive wherever moisture exists; once they find a damp area like this one, they start reproducing rapidly as long as there’s enough food present (i.e., organic material like dust, wood, or drywall). Mold can grow indoors or outdoors in damp places.
My Home is Damp – Why?
Roof Leaks: It is one of the most common causes of moisture problems during springtime due to heavy ice buildup on roofs during the winter months. Ice melts and flows through the roof, causing leaks or structural damage. It is why it’s so important to have a professional inspect your roof after every winter season.
Air Conditioning Water Leakage: If you don’t take proper care of your air conditioners, your AC unit might not make it very long. If there are any broken ducts in your air conditioner system, water can leak inside and cause mold growth to occur on ceilings, walls, and windowsills.
Damp Basements & Crawl Spaces: Springtime weather causes lots of moisture due to melting snow or heavy rainfall. If your property’s drainage is poor, water will pool nearby, and mold will develop in crawl areas or basements.
How to Block Entry of Mold?
Now that you know some common areas where mold can grow, it’s time to learn how to block its entry. The first step is always prevention- keeping your home clean and dry will go a long way in preventing an infestation, not just mold. Here are a few more tips:
- Regularly check air conditioner ducts and filters for leaks or obstructions; make sure they’re cleaned and replaced when needed
- Inspect roofing and flashing around vents and chimneys; repair as necessary
- Repair cracks in foundations and masonry
- Install proper ventilation in crawl spaces and bathrooms
If, despite your best efforts, you do find evidence of mold growth in your Golden, CO, home, don’t panic! Our Aqua Dry Restoration Co. experts can help you determine the best course of action. We’ll do a thorough inspection and recommend an appropriate plan to remove or repair any damage.