3 Ways to Minimize Fall Mold Allergies

3 Ways to Minimize Fall Mold Allergies

Why Mold Allergy Symptoms Are Worse in Fall

For most people, changing seasons and fall foliage bring smiles of joy. For allergy sufferers, they can bring sneezing, itching, and upper respiratory problems. Just when ragweed season draws to an end, leaves start to fall, encouraging mold growth. When damp leaves sit, fall rain and mild temperatures encourage mold growth and spores float into your home on the autumn breeze. Here’s what to do to minimize your exposure this fall.

Remove Leaves

Clean out your gutters and rake your yard so leaves can’t pile up. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth to keep from inhaling mold while you work. If you have severe mold allergies, you may need to hire someone to do it for you.

Prevent Indoor Mold

Dehumidify your home, especially the basement. Air that stays between 35 and 50 percent humidity inhibits mold growth and makes the indoor air feel more comfortable. Keep your windows shut so outdoor mold can’t get in.

Be especially careful in areas that tend to stay damp, like kitchens and bathrooms. Use anti-mildew cleaners to remove anything you see on damp surfaces.

If you see moisture in places it shouldn’t be, find and eliminate the source. If your windows are older, single-pane units that develop condensation on cold days, they encourage mold growth. Replacing them won’t just help your allergies, it will improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Recognize the Signs of a Mold Problem

Even the cleanest home can have mold problems when there’s a water source. In as little as 48 hours, mold can produce spores and spread throughout your home. Watch for the following signs you might need to call an expert to help eliminate mold.

  • Musty smells
  • Darks spots on the wall or ceiling
  • Ongoing respiratory problems when you’re indoors
  • Irritated, itchy eyes
  • A constant sore throat

Peak Construction professionals have the equipment and the experience to remove even the worst mold problems. If you wonder whether your symptoms are related to mold in your home, contact us today for a free inspection.