Now that fall is here, you may think you’re in the clear when it comes to mold growth. However, it’s always important to remain vigilant regarding mold growth. Fall mold growth tends to be on the slower side, but it can still cause damage to your home or office and make people sick. No matter the season, Ram Restoration is here to help. We are open all year and are always ready to help with residential and commercial water damage restoration and mold remediation.
Why Does Mold Grow
Mold will always grow when the conditions are right. The conditions that need met to encourage mold are:
- Poor ventilation
- High humidity levels
- Excess moisture in the space
When the right conditions are met for mold growth, it will start to grow. Typically, when there’s excess moisture present, it takes about 24 to 48 hours for mold to start to grow. That’s why it’s crucial to act fast when it comes to preventing mold growth following a flood in your home or office.
Risk of Fall Mold Growth
The fall season can make it challenging to determine if mold is growing for a number of reasons. First of all, the temperature is usually a little inconsistent, so it’s hard to predict what humidity levels can be like. It’s recommended to keep humidity levels indoors between 30 and 50 percent. If you have too much humidity, it can cause mold to grow, as mentioned above. To combat high indoor humidity levels, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier, which will help remove excess moisture from the air.
Determining if Mold is Growing
With the uncertainty of mold growth, especially during the change in seasons, you may think it’s hard to tell whether mold is growing. But there are some signs of mold growth that you can keep in mind if you’re concerned about the potential for mold growth. The symptoms of mold sickness mirror allergy symptoms. So if you’ve never had allergies before and suddenly experience allergy symptoms, it may mean that mold is growing in your space. Mold also has a musty smell, so if your space smells different, it’s a sign that mold is growing somewhere.
Controlling Indoor Mold Growth
One of the best ways to control indoor mold growth is to control the indoor humidity. A dehumidifier will help with that. Additionally, if you’ve recently had a flood, you’ll want to contact the experts right away to prevent mold from growing from the excess water.
Fall mold growth is always a chance, but is lower compared to other seasons, like spring and summer. If you start experiencing allergy-like symptoms that you don’t have other years, it may be a sign that mold is in your building. To keep people around you safe, it’s crucial to schedule mold testing and inspection appointments if you think mold is present. Ram Restoration can help facilitate the mold testing and perform a mold remediation. If you’re in need of mold remediation, contact the remediation experts at Ram Restoration today.