Here in Idaho, our summers tend to be hot and dry, and you might be excited to start seeing cooler temperatures as Fall approaches. Before temperatures start to fall, make sure the summer hasn’t left you with an unwelcome house guest – mold. Your basement can a breeding ground for all types of mold. One of the main reasons being: no matter how dry it is outside, basements are always damp. Poorly ventilated areas lock in humidity creating moisture. Subsequently, moisture in the air dampens surfaces making it difficult for materials such as wood and drywall to dry completely.
Mold needs 6 things in order to grow and spread:
- Moisture and Warmth
- Mold Spores
- Food (drywall, wood, cotton).
- Dark (Mold doesn’t grow in UV light)
Summertime means lakes and their sandy beaches, hiking and hanging out outdoors. I know that when I get home I’m often exhausted and the last thing on my mind is getting to the laundry right away. So I throw my wet bathing suits, towels and sweat soaked clothing into a pile thinking I can get to it later. It should be no surprise that my pile of wet clothes could be creating a mold problem, especially f the clothes are sitting on a wooden surface.
Inside your home you can control mold growth by:
- Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
- Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
- Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
- Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
- Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
- Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.
Looking forward to crisp fall air and cooler temperatures?
Cooler fall temperatures can provide a break in humidity which means mold is less likely to grow right? That’s actually not true. Although mold cannot grow in freezing temperatures, colder weather creates cold surfaces in basements such as pipes, windows and metal surfaces. Cold surfaces often create condensation which evaporates into the air and gets locked in, much like humidity does during the summer months.
Basements are often neglected and as a result mold problems get out of hand. Don’t be that home owner who wished they had checked for mold before it became a problem. Have your house inspected and fall into cooler temperatures stress free. Sunrise Cleaning & Restoration specializes in cleaning and restoring homes and offices of mold. Call us at 208-529-4762 and if the mold is excessive you can reach us at 208-523-1080 or 208-419-6213 for emergencies 24/7. Don’t hesitate to call if you have mold in Idaho Falls.