Ahhh, spring showers. That wonderful time of year when the grass turns green again and flowers start to bloom — it’s almost like nature is giving us a fresh start! But while these seasonal rains bring beauty, they could also be bringing something else: mold growth. And thankfully, our team of knowledgeable experts can help you with all your air quality needs.
That’s why understanding how these warm showers affect where and how quickly fungus grows can help smarten your strategies for combating mold. Let’s dive into what exactly spring means for mold and what you should look out for in terms of wiping away moisture-loving spores from your home or business.
Excess Moisture Impacting Mold Growth
Spring is a season of renewal and growth, but it can also bring with it some unwanted effects –- especially when it comes to mold. When spring showers arrive, the moisture they deposit creates ideal conditions for mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere, waiting for an increase in humidity to spring them into action.
As stated by AccuWeather, “April does have more showers than other months, regardless of where you are in the country. During the month of April, a band of strong winds, known as the jet stream, moves northwards.”
For anyone worried about potential indoor mold growth from spring showers, there are plenty of preventative steps one can take!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency:
- “Moisture control is the key to mold control.”
- If there’s a wet spot or a leak in your home, dry the area as quickly as possible
- Clean out and repair your gutter system as needed
- Make sure your HVAC system is working properly
- Keep indoor humidity levels as low as possible (try a dehumidifier!)
How To Tell If You Might Have Mold Growth
If you’ve noticed excess moisture in a particular area of your home, you may be wondering what exactly to look for when it comes to identifying mold growth — even from the earliest stages.
Some key characteristics of mold include:
- Blue, green, grayish, or black discolorations/spotting on surfaces
- Fluffy or hairy appearance
- Slimy (active) or dry/dusty (dead) texture
- Fruiting structures (contains spores)
Both the color and the texture of possible mold will give you a good idea of whether or not you’re actually dealing with mold growth. Some other signs to keep in mind include visible water damage, as well as abnormalities in tiles, wallpaper, or paint!
You Can Trust Luce Air Quality
If you suspect your home has mold this spring season, Luce Air Quality is here to help! From our mold investigation services to our healthy building checkups, you can rest assured that our team of certified indoor environmental experts will solve all of your air quality problems.