Despite Toronto’s frigid temperatures, we can assure you that spring is right around the corner. There have already been a few small thaws in the Greater Toronto Area, meaning that mold will soon be gearing up for a busy spring season. Not only can mold hang out on snow as it melts, but the leaf litter left on the ground from the fall feeds the mold, which thrives in the higher temperatures and humidity that come with spring weather.
The dryness of winter weather isn’t very hospitable to mold. Low humidity stifles indoor mold, making it go dormant during the winter months in many cases. However, once the humidity begins to rise along with warmer spring temperatures, mold allergies will act up as both indoor and outdoor molds become active.
Keep spring mold allergies in check by keeping your home’s humidity below 50% and only opening your windows later in the evening when mold is not as active. The increase in mold allergies in the spring triggered by active mold growth also means that hidden toxic mold in your home could also experience an upswing in growth due to higher humidity in the home and the environment.
Homeowners can cut down on indoor allergens by also increasing ventilation, reducing humidity where possible and keeping dust under control. A mold inspection can pinpoint sources of mold, which can occur after water damage or due to high humidity.
Spring is also a time that basements may flood more frequently because of melting snow and ice. To prevent mold and mildew from taking hold following a flood, call a certified mold inspection company.
Should you suspect the presence of mold in your home or business, contact MoldInspections.ca – The Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) mold and grow-op inspection professionals – at (416) 575-6111
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