Mold can grow in a freezing basement; it can grow in a shower any time of year and mold primarily become a problem for those who have allergies or develop a allergic reaction due to mold. Seasonally, mold is most common from early spring through middle fall. During this time, the temperature and humidity levels are right for mold growth across most of the country. While mold is often thought of as the problem, it’s a symptom of a water source. Look for signs of excess moisture in your home during the winter thaw, spring showers and humid summer months. Dry your showers and check the drywall, ceiling of the home. Many showers or homes have drippings in the walls or a water pan behind the dry wall and under the flooring. Have this checked one time per year to omit mold growth. IF you are covered up with mold, cleaning will not destroy this growth, it will come back as frequent as the water source is allowed to continue.
At What Humidity Does Mold Grow?
There are always exceptions, but mold will grow if the humidity is above 60%. To prevent mold, keep the humidity in your home between 30% and 50% to prevent mold. If you are checking the humidity levels in your home, make sure you test multiple areas. Humidity levels in basements, crawlspaces, and attics are often significantly different than in living spaces. When testing for humidity, allow sensors to normalize for several hours or overnight for the most accurate results.
At What Temperature Does Mold Grow?
Most types of mold prefer temperatures above 70 ° F/20° C, but some molds will tolerate lower temperatures. While room temperatures may be lower, appliances like dishwashers, dryers, and hot water heaters can generate enough heat to raise the temperature in small areas. With a constant source of water and the right humidity, the temperature boost from these appliances is enough to maintain mold even through the cold winter months.
Does Mold Grow in the Cold?
Yes, mold does grow in cold weather. Even during extremely cold periods, most unfinished basements won’t get colder than 50 ° F/10° C. Furnaces, hot water tanks, and dryers can boost the temperature enough to allow mold to grow. Most living areas are kept between 65 ° F/18° C and 75 ° F/24° C during the winter, which is just right for mold growth during the winter.
Does Freezing Cold Kill Mold?
One of the biggest myths is that freezing cold kills mold. While freezing temperatures will temporarily stop mold from growing, it will usually return once temperatures return to normal. In fact, mold is extremely resident and it takes more than cold weather to kill it. As long as the water source remains, the mold will come back to life once it thaws out.
Will Heat Kill Mold?
As with cold temperatures, heat will kill mold but only temporarily. The reason many people think high heat kills mold is that the heat usually drys out the moisture. Since it’s the moisture that causes the mold, it appears to die. But as the temperatures return to normal and the water returns, so does the mold.
When Do I Need a Mold Removal Company?
While you can clean up mold with a solution of bleach and water, this is only a temporary solution. Mold is always a symptom of a source of water. You need to resolve the source of moisture to permanently resolve the problem.
If you don’t fix the water issue, the mold will eventually return. Mold can also spread further than your eyes can see. You may only see a few spots of mold when it’s growing in your walls or under the carpet.
Clean and Pink recommends to contacts a mold expert that can restore the problem by finding its source. Look in your local area for an expert.