Symptoms and Signs: Exposed to Molds

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Molds are those contaminants that can spring up any time of the year, but if the climatic conditions are more favourable for their growth, they tend to spread faster and quicker. Certain climates and environmental factors highly facilitate the growth of molds. One of the most suitable climatic condition is warmer temperatures followed by summer rains.


As you all know, sunny days are accompanied by increased levels of humidity and moisture content in the atmosphere; it helps the spores present in the atmosphere to flourish at various surfaces affected by moisture. Once these spores reside on surfaces like wood, drapes, floor and walls, they tend to multiply and grow in the form of molds.


Molds are intolerable if more since they pose a serious threat to your family’s health, especially someone with sensitive skin and respiratory issues. Besides, they can damage your property by growing at different surfaces of your house. Therefore, it is important to call mold remediation.


If you are fed up to see mold everywhere in your house during summers, here are some reasons why they dwell in that particular season-


1) Increased levels of humidity- Humid conditions can lead to the growth of molds everywhere. Mostly in summers, when the temperature outside is hot and inside is cold with the usage of air conditioners, it leads to the condensation around windows, doors and other insulation materials. The crawl spaces and basements are also considered as an ideal area for the humidity to prevail, causing molds.


2) Favourable temperature for growth- Molds are light, microscopic spores that can be easily carried away from one place to another, and summers play a significant role in their scattering by adding humidity to the air. Besides, they need a food source to grow and convert into stubborn blue, black or green material. Therefore, they dwell on organic material like paper, cardboard, wood and insulation material to feed on.


3) Presence of moisture- Various factors lead to the trapping of moisture. For instance, the dead leaves on the roof can trap moisture in high humid conditions, condensation around windowsills, doors and glass walls when there is a difference between the temperature on the inside and outside, trapping of moisture in the bathroom due to rising heat and poor ventilation are the root causes for the growth of molds.


4) Poor ventilation- One can get rid of molds with proper ventilation around certain areas. Molds tend to grow at dark, dim and narrowed spaces faster where there is no inflow of air. Areas like basement, crawl spaces and attics fall prey to molds because of the lack of ventilation. For moisture to dry during summers, ensure that every place has proper ventilation in your house.


5) Water leaks and spillages- Most of the molds thrive in damp environments. Rains in summers are excellent for the growth of molds. Check for water leakages through the roof and ceilings during storms. If you see some discolored patches and damp surfaces near the ceiling, roof or exterior of the house, get them repaired immediately before the mold dwells in.


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