If you or someone you love is experiencing severe allergies and/or asthma in your home, it might be time to consider whether mold has taken up residence in your house. While mold can grow all year long, it is usually more active in some seasons than in others. If symptoms get bad, it might be mold season.
Mold can grow anywhere where there is both moisture and a food source for it. Since mold can feed off most organic material, including wood and paper, it can easily grow in your home. Here’s what you need to know to help prevent that growth and keep your home safe.
So When Exactly is Mold Season?
Mold growth most commonly occurs from mid-spring to mid-fall, and it peaks during the summertime. Here in the southeast, that’s when conditions are optimal for it. We have plenty of humidity, so it has the moisture it needs. We also have plenty of living material for the mold to feed on.
However, mold can even feed on dead organic matter. If your home gets moist enough, this means that it can easily live in drains, in walls, behind drywall, and more!
When is Mold Allergy Season?
Mold allergy season generally parallels mold growth season, as outlined above. Most people with mold allergies find that their symptoms are worse between the middle of spring and the middle of fall, which is when mold grows faster.
Summer, especially late summer, seems to be the worst time of year for people with mold allergies. This is when the mold is the most active, releasing more of the spores that trigger symptoms. If you or someone you love has a mold allergy that doesn’t go away (or even worsens!) when they are inside your home, it’s time to have a professional check your house for mold!
Does Mold Grow Year-Round?
Mold stays alive all year long, but it tends to go dormant in the winter. This happens when temperatures get too cold for mold to thrive or when the dry winter air means that it doesn’t have the moisture it needs to keep growing.
Even though the mold might go dormant, it doesn’t die. Instead, it saves the resources it has, slows its growth, and waits until conditions become optimal for it to grow again.
Just because mold isn’t spreading in the winter doesn’t mean you should let it be. If you find mold in your house during the winter, make sure you get rid of it completely. That way, it won’t start growing again when spring comes.
Note that mild winters may allow mold to continue growing, even if it slows down for a while. Thus, allergy symptoms may continue throughout the winter even if plants outside are not growing.
What Should I Do to Avoid Allergy Problems During Mold Season?
The best way to avoid allergy issues during mold season is to make sure there’s no mold in your home to begin with. You can call us today and one of our mold remediation pros will come to you, test for mold, and let you know what we find. No matter what we encounter, we can come up with a plan that will get rid of your mold so that no one needs to suffer in your house anymore.
Contact us at Core24 Services today or whenever you need help getting rid of mold in your house!