Summer, glorious summer. The sun is shining, you are enjoying the sound of the birds, the trips to the mountains, the fresh air and the chance to walk around in shorts and a singlet. Summer bliss.
But while you’re outside, enjoying this beautiful weather – have you considered what might be happening inside the home? Even though your windows might be open more often and you could be using the thermostat much less, there are still ways in which mold can affect your home in the summer months.
Humidity is a huge contributing factor. In Colorado, our humidity levels range anywhere from 50% in Grand Junction, up to 71% highs in Pueblo, to 85% humidity in Alamosa. The fact is, when humidity levels rise above 70%, this can be a danger to the accumulation of mold.
Regardless of where you live, you could be at risk so rather than put your health at risk by allowing a build-up of mold, we have found the 3 most common areas for mold in the home for you to keep an eye on:
1. The Basement:
The basement is an obvious one. If it is humid outside, you can only imagine what the humidity levels are inside the basement. The majority of mold is found in areas that are below regular occupied spaces and basements are a haven for condensation. They have limited air-flow, no sunlight and maximum moisture. Some of the most common areas in the basement where you’ll find mold include the walls, wall cavities, the floor and ceiling, storage boxes and furniture, your pipes and building frames.
2. The Attic:
Much like the basement, the attic is not somewhere that generally receives a large amount of ventilation. Usually they are hot in summer and cold in winter, so the last thing you want to do is head up there for a clean-up or general look around when braving the elements. Although it is probably the least used space in the home, and is generally most popular for storage; being at the top of the home, it’s also one of the worse places for the build-up of mold. The simple fact is: hot air rises. You’ve been told that since you were a kid. And when we spend our days in the home, we create hot air (through breathing, cooking, having a shower). Where does it go? The attic. The attic is also the first place that is affected when there is a problem with the roof: such as a leak during a summer storm.
3. The Bathroom
Although summer is the time of year when we usually have the windows open, allowing more air to ventilate, this doesn’t stop mold from building up in the bathroom. One of the biggest causes of mold in the bathroom is plumbing leaks – and unfortunately these leaks don’t differentiate between the seasons. If the grout in your tiles is not sealed properly, water can leak into the walls and the ceiling, creating a build up on moisture – and ultimately mold. Pipe leaks can also cause condensation; and of course, the warmer weather often leads to cooler showers, where you’re less likely to dry off completely, leaving puddles which can enter the flooring beneath.
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