How Climate Affects Mold Growth
Have you ever wondered if the climate you’re in could have an impact on mold growth in your home? In this post, we will talk about how various environments affect the growth of mold and how you can prevent their impact.
How Does Mold Grow?
Mold growth happens due to several factors. It develops best in environments that contain moisture, warmth, oxygen, and a surface for mold spores to grow on. When these are present, it can be difficult to prevent mold from growing. It is important to be aware of the environments where mold can grow to do your best to prevent those conditions.
Which Climates Are Most Conducive to Mold Growth?
Hot, humid climates can contain all the factors needed for mold growth. The humid moisture in the air is one of the biggest contributors to mold. Mold spores also reproduce quickly in this climate. Poor ventilation in your home can also allow for the humidity to linger in certain areas of your home. These areas include the bathroom, kitchen, attic, and basement.
Hot and humid areas are not the only places mold can grow. Climates, where it is often cool and rainy, bring a lot of moisture, which is a big part of mold growth. It is necessary to make sure your home does not allow water to enter through any cracks in those climates. Any moist environments in your home, such as the kitchen and bathroom, need to be maintained too. Outdoor plants can grow mold if the soil is overwatered, so be aware of your plants in this type of climate.
In hot and dry climates, mold is less likely to grow outdoors. It can, however, grow indoors. Any leaks throughout your home or moisture from appliances allow for mold growth. Bathrooms and kitchens tend to have a lot of moisture in them and can be conducive to mold growth.
What may be the most surprising climate where mold can grow is in cold environments. Most types of mold don’t typically grow at temperatures below 40 degrees. This is why most food refrigerates at 39 degrees. However, many things can happen in colder areas that lead to mold growth. The ideal indoor temperature for mold growth also tends to be the ideal temperature for humans. Condensation can build up around the windows due to the differences in outdoor versus indoor temperatures. Snow can blow or get tracked inside also, and pipes can leak. This all creates a more stable environment for mold growth.
If the conditions that allow mold growth persist for a while without any resolution, it is likely you may already have mold growing.
At What Temperatures Does Mold Thrive?
Most types of mold typically thrive in temperatures between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but each type has a range. Though warmer temperatures are ideal for mold growth, extreme cold does not kill mold. Mold spores simply become dormant until the environment is warmer and they can grow again. This is why it’s key to not only focus on temperature but also humidity.
How Can You Help Prevent Mold In Your Climate?
Different climates influence mold growth in different ways. In each, it is vital to maintain your home.
The most important factor to focus on is moisture. Check for any leaks throughout your home, make sure condensation is maintained. Dehumidifiers are very helpful in removing moisture from your home in any climate. It is also good to keep your air conditioning at a controlled temperature. Make sure you keep your home clean and dry, especially in the areas where dirt and moisture tend to build. Mold-resistant materials and products may be helpful if you have a recurring issue. It is always best to have your home inspected if you suspect there is mold growing in it.
iMold offers free inspections if you think you may already have mold or water damage in your home. Call us at (239) 946-2345 to schedule yours today. Southwest Florida is a very hot and humid climate, so it is easy for mold to grow. Florida summers bring a lot of humidity and precipitation. Those are key times to be alert and prevent mold from growing in your home. If it is too late to prevent it, professional removal is the best option. From there, you can take steps to keep it out of your home.