Here in South Florida, we may not have much of a “winter” to speak of, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling some relief at the return of our state’s usual warmth.
And while we might not miss whatever months may have passed for cold (or cooler, at least), there is still one seasonal detail of concern that springs to mind: The fact that April showers bring May… mold.
Spring Has Sprung, And So Have Spores
“Mold, which is considered a year-round allergy, can also wreak havoc in spring,” according to an article published by Everyday Health. “This is especially true when damp and rainy conditions, followed by warmer weather, lead to a high concentration of mold.”
And speaking as Floridians, we know for sure just how familiar that wet and warm pattern sounds. Plus, the weather woes that spawn indoor mold growth aren’t the only thing to pay attention to — but mold spores may also blow in with the changing weather.
“In the spring [more spores] grow on plants killed by the cold,” as explained by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). In other words, it may be better to close your windows and increase your ventilation when the season finally changes, as this may prevent outdoor spores from coming inside.
The Return Of The Rainy Season
We all know Florida is, well, pretty constantly humid. But that’s not quite the same as recognizing patterns of precipitation that are likely to increase mold growth from within your home, particularly when your property suffers water damage as a result.
Specifically, between the months of March and June, US Climate Data affirms that Florida’s average volume of precipitation increases relatively steadily:
- March: 3 inches of rainfall on average
- April: 3.14 inches of rainfall on average
- May: 5.34 inches of rainfall on average
- June: 9.76 inches of rainfall on average
Additionally, remember that mold spores cannot be killed by cold weather; that is, they merely go into a state of hibernation. Thus, if you had the beginnings of mold proliferation within your home prior to the winter months, those spores will undoubtedly “wake up” and begin to grow again as soon as the warmer spring months arrive.
Quality Cleaning, Quality Consulting
If all of this information has you ready to tackle your spring cleaning in an effort to mitigate mold growth, we’ve got you covered. We recommend implementing some of the following tips, as suggested by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- Clean/repair your gutters regularly.
- Ensure that the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation in order to avoid standing water
- Address and repair water leaks and plumbing issues as soon as possible
- Identify vulnerable areas around doors and window frames where moisture may collect
- Keep your relative indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent.
Otherwise, if you believe your property may have already fallen victim to the signature moisture intrusion of the spring months, it may be time to contact Discreet Air Quality!
As a locally-owned and operated company with over 20 years of combined experience in the indoor air quality industry, we guarantee our mold and mildew assessments will provide you with answers, peace of mind, and guidance for immediate remedies. Call us today at 754-702-7019 to learn more and schedule with our team today!