Mold is an airborne fungus that occurs naturally in the air around us. While mold can grow any time of the year, certain seasons and climates are more conducive to its growth. In the presence of moisture, mold can damage your walls, floors, ceiling and personal belongings in your home. While the health ricks associated with mold tend to be misleading, it can cause allergy-like symptoms. Seasonally, mold is most common from early spring through mid-fall. During this time, the temperature and humidity levels are right for mold growth across most of the country. While mold is often thought of as the problem, it’s a symptom of a water related issue. Look for signs of excess moisture in your home during the winter thaw, spring showers and humid summer months.
Spring can be the worst season for mold growth in areas with heavy rains or high water. Like the rebirth of plants, mold also begins to grow again in spring. Spring showers can provide the right environment for mold to invade. Remember to check your basement, unused windows and doors, attic and crawl space after heavy rains for signs of water. Finished basements or attics may hide water and mold issues, so look for sagging or crumbling drywall and pay close attention to foul odors.
Below are the most common questions about seasonal mold:
What humidity levels promote mold growth?
There are always exceptions, but mold will grow if the humidity is above 60%.
What temperature is ideal for mold growth?
Most types of mold prefer temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Will heat kill mold?
Heat will kill mold but only temporarily.
Does freezing temperatures kill mold?
One of the biggest myths is that temperatures below freezing kill mold. It will stop the growth, but the mold will return once the temperature returns to normal.
Mold remediation can cost in excess of $25 per square foot while mold prevention costs just pennies per square foot. The largest mold remediation companies in the country provide no assurance the mold won’t grow back – MicroShield 360’s Mold Prevention Program can prevent the mold from coming back! MicroShield 360 is proven effective at preventing growth of fungi, algae, mold, yeast and spores.