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Dealing with Spring Mold Growth

Dealing with Spring Mold Growth

With the approach of spring, many of us feel relieved to get away from the icy-cold extremes of winter. However, spring also brings with it a host of issues that many homeowners must address. One of the most serious is the development of spring mold.

Now, spring mold isn’t a new strain that only grows during the spring. Instead, it is a reminder that mold tends to thrive during the seasonal transition between winter and spring because melting ice and rising temperatures create the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold loves a high-moisture environment, and the spring months in Chicago offer that in a big way.

With this in mind, here are some ways to deal with spring mold growth:

Dealing with Spring Mold Growth Dealing with Spring Mold Growth
  • Don’t let your laundry pile up. Mold feeds off organic matter and dirty laundry is always laden with stains from food, dirt, grass and other organic elements. Piles of laundry also make the environment in your home more humid. That is great for mold but bad for you. To prevent this, make sure to do your laundry regularly. The same goes for your dishes. Stay on top of both tasks to limit the environment for mold growth.
  • Check your attic for roof leaks and plug them ASAP. Another potential source of moisture that could speed up mold growth is a leaky roof. Climb up to your attic and look for signs of water stains, rust or corrosion. All three are triggered by roof leaks. Be sure and plug any leak ASAP to limit the danger of mold and other water-related damages.
  • Clean out your gutters. During the winter months, water freezes in your gutters. Your gutters also fill with leaves and other debris. Take the time to clean them out and repair them, if necessary. If you ignore your gutters, they may retain moisture and contribute to mold growth.
  • Use a dehumidifier in your home. While air conditioning units can dehumidify the air in your home to some degree, that is not their primary function. They do not remove as much moisture from the air as an actual dehumidifier would. Having a dehumidifier running in your house will go a long way toward preventing mold.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in your home. Another key element in preventing mold development is to ensure that your home is properly ventilated. If stale or musty air gets trapped within your home, there’s a good chance that mold will develop there. To minimize that possibility, open up rooms as much as possible, even if they are not in use. Open windows on cooler days to let the wind flow in and out of your house freely.

By preventing spring mold from developing, you can avoid the health problems and other issues it creates for your home and your family. If you find yourself dealing with serious mold growth, it’s best to leave it to the professionals from Romexterra Construction. Contact us online or give us a call at 312-313-2426 when your home or commercial property in the Greater Chicagoland area needs our attention. We offer excellent mold remediation services all year-round, along with fire damage, water damage, and storm damage restoration.