The fall is a great time in New England: the leaves are falling, the air is brisk, and the holidays are starting. And you’re not the only one ready to have a party. Autumn also brings with it the start of the rainy season, and that same brisk weather means your home is locking down and heating up. These two factors: an increase in moisture and nowhere for it to go can start building the perfect environment for mold – and that’s not even counting any curveballs the weather can throw at you.
More Active Mold in the Winter
Those leaves that fall to the ground aren’t just pretty: they are dying. Decaying plant matter coupled with extra moisture from fall rains means that more mold grows naturally outside. More mold means more spores, which can be brought into the home via HVAC systems, boots, and clothing, especially if you’ve been out raking or frolicking in some leaves.
Understanding the Household Mold Ecosystem
Once those spores get inside, the temperature of your home, it’s humidity, and the ventilation of its rooms all play a role in mold growth. As we mentioned in our first blog on mold, How to Tell If You Have a Mold Problem, mold needs one thing: moisture. These three elements come together to create moisture by increasing the humidity in the air due to poor ventilation of the home, and a temperature difference that causes water to form in a process known as the dew point.
What to Do to Prevent Mold Growth in Fall
There are a few steps you can take to make your home less inviting for these unwanted guests.
- Keep It Dry: Use a dehumidifier, especially in damp places in your home (typically attics, basements, and bathrooms).
- Rake It Up: Remove decaying leaves and other plant matter early and often before mold has a chance to grow.
- Monitor for Mold: Keep an eye and nose out for the sights and smells of mold. Check places like closets that get damp, and make sure to remove anything damaged by water.
Molds can be a hazard in your home in the fall. Learn also how to deal with mold during the winter. Need a hand removing mold? Then contact Fiber Control, Inc. We’re mold remediation experts and can also investigate older homes for signs of asbestos and lead.