Mold To Look Out For This Spring

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Spring means blooming flowers and warmer weather, but it could also mean mold is growing in your home! Spring is a time of high humidity and perfect temperature conditions for mold to flourish. We’re here to help you be on the lookout for springtime mold and work to prevent it altogether.

Mold Types

There are three common types of mold that are found growing in homes, especially during the spring. These include:

1. Aspergillus

This type of mold typically begins by growing on food in the home. It grows best in warm and wet environments, making spring the perfect time for it to flourish! This mold is known to cause inflammation of the lungs.

2. Cladosporium

This mold is unique because it can grow in a cool or warm environment. That means that winter weather likely didn’t kill it off! The airborne spores sit on wood, upholstery, and carpets in your home. Allergy sufferers and asthmatics will notice a worsening of symptoms when this mold is present.

3. Penicillium

This is the stereotypical blue or green mold that we all know.
Water damage in the home creates an ideal environment for penicillium to grow. As the temperatures outside rise and things begin to melt, your home could be suffering from a water leak you’re unaware of.

Prevention of Mold this Spring

Preventing mold comes from keeping an environment that won’t allow it to thrive. This spring check your home inside and out for any signs of possible water leaks or damage. Even a small leak could be encouraging mold growth and should be repaired right away. Windows that carry heavy condensation indoors, full air conditioner drip pans, and damp pipes are a few commonly overlooked areas of moisture. If you find mold beginning to grow, scrub it off of the surface with a mixture of water and bleach or detergent. Severe cases of mold won’t be able to be easily removed, but catching it early is the ideal form of prevention. Invest in a dehumidifier to place in chronically damp areas of your home, such as the basement. You should keep the humidity level below 60% to discourage mold growth.
If you suspect there is mold in your home that a simple cleaning can’t remove, contact Roy’s Restoration right away. We will be able to test the mold and the air quality to inform you of the severity of the situation and what your next steps should be. We also provide free estimates. Keep your home safe from mold this spring with these tips!

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