Whether in the winter or summer, unattended mold on the outside or inside of your home can lead to decay of material, and even pose a health risk to you and others. It’s always best to get it sorted as soon as possible by a registered mold removal expert.
If you live in Colorado, then you’re probably used to the rain, wind, sleet and snow that greet you for three-quarters of the year, especially as you enter into the mountainous regions of the state. Given the yearly weather in Colorado, it’s important that you understand how mold build-up may affect your home.
How and where does mold gather?
The growth of mold has one key element — moisture. Mold begins its life as bacterial spores, which, given the right conditions can grow fairly rapidly. Once moisture in the home is left unattended, the bacterial spores will form and grow into a (usually green) mass. Mold can grow just about anywhere given the right conditions – cramped, wet and semi-dark areas subjected to little inspection or cleanliness are common places where mold can be found to grow – for example, if, during the summer, you’ve got a particularly closed-off room that wasn’t aired out properly beforehand, you’re probably going to find mold growing at various stages after several weeks of uninterrupted growth.
What Weather Conditions Can Lead to Mold Growth
- Long Winters. Given that the primary growth factor for mold is, then wet weather is likely to be your worst enemy when it comes to mold growth, especially during the winter months where the weather is not only wet but also cold and therefore you’re not going to want to keep your house open and well-aired. The long Colorado winters, running sometimes from late October to late April, also plays a role in the growth of mold in your home. While it may be difficult to air out your house due to the cold, you should avoid heating your home with all of the doors closed, as trapped heat leads to moisture which leads to mold.
- Hot Summers. While the cold can definitely be a factor in mold and mildew growth, hot summers can also cause such conditions, providing the environment is not well ventilated. Hot weather and insulation of that heat will lead to a growth of mold. Couple the hot weather with humidity and aridity of the air, you’ll get little to no wind and therefore lots of pockets of heat at various locations around your house, typically on the walls or ceilings.
Other factors that contribute to the formation of mold in your Colorado home could be things like the age of the material upon which the moldy spores form. Particularly in Colorado’s mountainous regions, homes may be several decades old from when they were first constructed, and due to their mountainous habitat, the temperatures will drop off in the winter time and in the summer time, they’re party to lots of rain, which means lots of moisture. And moisture and mold spores love old and decaying construction materials, such as old wood, decaying drywall, or older ceiling material such as Styrofoam ceiling, which is a cheaper alternative for most, but with that comes the increased risk of mold and mildew growth as Styrofoam is porous by design.
There are many reasons why Colorado weather may affect mold growth in your home, and you should do your best to protect yourself against continued collective moisture in your house and contact mold-removal professionals if and when you spot mold growth.