While mold can grow indoors at any time of the year, certain environmental and climate factors can directly affect the rate at which it grows. It is the summertime where mold growth can be more prevalent. While the days are sunnier, this means higher levels of heat and humidity, which directly promotes the growth of mold. Fast-growing mold can be hazardous for your health, and it can also cause damage to your home. Here are the reasons why you should be on the lookout for mold in the summer.
High Levels of Humidity
Humidity levels are much higher in the summer, especially in Minnesota. This condition will also worsen in homes with poor ventilation. As temperatures rise and rainfalls, the humidity can increase the risk of mold forming in the home. The hot and wet weather can lead to condensation forming on window sills and doors, and if they are poorly insulated, it could lead to mold growth. Poorly maintained AC units can also cause leaks into your basements, which can create conducive environments for mold. To prevent this, make sure your windows are sealed tight and in good condition, and you should always have your AC unit regularly inspected and cleaned.
Provides Favorable Temperatures For Mold Growth
Mold spores thrive in practically any hot temperatures. The spores are microscopic, which means they are incredibly light. All it takes is for a nice evening breeze to bounce them all around. Since mold requires a source of food to grow, it will typically find its way on organic materials such as wood or paper. If the conditions are right (dark, humid, and warm) the mold will begin to grow rapidly. While most mold prefers dark places, such as a basement, some thrive in daylight.
There are many causes of high moisture in the summertime. Seasons of precipitation will promote the growth of mold, and a poorly insulated home can introduce an abundance of unwanted moisture. Towards the last days of summer, dead leaves on roofs can trap moisture, which will promote the growth of mold.
Mold thrives in hot and humid environments, which means Minnesotan summers are a perfect season for them to thrive. Reducing your home’s moisture in the air will directly prevent the spores that enter from causing much havoc. However, when a mold infestation does occur, it can have severe health implications. Make sure to contact a professional mold testing company if you ever suspect an infestation is occurring in your home.