Mold Allergies Peak In The Spring. Why Is That?
Mold allergies increase in the spring because as temperatures start to increase, good ol’ mold begins to awaken. Before you know it, mold will be all over your grass, and with that development, mold allergy issues begin to increase. Accompanied by pollen, another fun aspect of spring, this can make life unbearable for some.
Another aspect to spring is the rain, which is healthy for your yard but can bring moisture into your home. As damp conditions and higher humidity levels combine, it’s suddenly the perfect environment for mold spores to grow. This can happen in walls, on window sills, and in numerous other places.
How Can I Reduce Mold Allergies In The Spring?
Those dealing with mold allergies may feel hopeless, but there are steps you can take to limit your exposure. One thing you can do is pay attention to outdoor spore levels and not go outdoors when they’re too high. You can sign up for email alerts from the National Allergy Bureau to keep track of this number.
Here Are Other Tips To Reduce Mold Allergies:
- Take your allergy medication or bring a dust mask if you’re visiting places such as a greenhouse, a flower shop, a farm, construction sites, or antique shops.
- Wear a dust mask when doing outdoor work such as mowing the lawn, raking, or digging up plants; shower afterward to wash away mold spores on your body
- Make your home less friendly to mold by investing in a dehumidifier; running the air conditioner with a high-efficiency particulate air filter also helps
- Take steps to make sure your damp basement is not a moldy place by running a dehumidifier and installing a linoleum floor.
- Get rid of mold on hard surfaces in your home using soap and water or a commercial product–and then find the source of the mold to keep it from happening again
- Dry wet carpet quickly, fix leaky gutters and pipes, and clean the gutters. All this extra moisture can be a breeding ground for mold.
- Keep your home’s foundation as dry as you can by raking leaves away from the base of the house and clearing out thick shrubs that are in the same area
Top Things You Can Do To Help Prevent Household Mold
As snow melts and higher temps kick in during spring, mold begins to grow in earnest. Here are some top things you can do to limit mold exposure in your home:
Regulate The Humidity Level
Mold grows in basements bigtime because they’re underground. Soil that gets saturated with water around the basement walls, downstairs clothes dryers that don’t have proper venting, water under the foundation, and foundation leaks can all raise the level of humidity in your basement—and mold loves humidity. Buy a few plug-in humidifiers or check to see if your HVAC system has one built in. Reduce your indoor humidity to 30 to 60 percent.
Vacuum Carpets With Regularity
Carpet collects dust, dirt, pollen, mold spores, and more, which can exacerbate mold issue. The best thing you can do to alleviate this is vacuum frequently with a high-efficiency particulate absorption (HEPA) filter. This type of vacuum picks up those small particles that contribute to mold issues. And in areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem such as a bathroom or laundry room, choose tile or concrete flooring rather than carpet.
As temperatures rise, check all over your home for leaks, starting with the attic then moving on to the foundation, windows, pipes connected to the home, window wells, and doors.
Clean Thoroughly After A Flood Or Burst Pipe
Major water damage due to a flood or sewage backup can cause major mold growth, so it’s important to remediate the area right away. You must use the right type of chemicals to kill the mold and you may need to remove walls, carpeting, and cabinetry.
Don’t Despair… But Do Act
Spring is a great time of year, but mold can be a bummer! And though the above prevention tips can help with reducing or preventing mold, once mold is present it’s very hard to get rid of. So heed this advice or call a remediation expert if you’re concerned about mold in your home or happen to notice it growing in one or more places.