April Showers, May Mold: Not The Bloom You Were Looking For
Despite holding the nickname of the “Sunshine State,” rainy days are just as common as beach days here in Florida. And when that rain gets inside, it can very easily, well, rain on your parade.
Specifically, according to the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), it is critical that one addresses moisture in their property within 24 hours if they are to prevent further moisture spread and subsequent mold growth.
So if you find yourself looking forward to the spring showers that are on the horizon, we recommend you simply carry on with caution. Here’s why:
Rendered Vulnerable by Rain
Between stormy evenings and the annual hurricane season, Florida residents, in general, are no certainly strangers to the disastrous potential of regular rainfall.
Capable of seeping inward and feeding mold growth, even the U.S. Department of Energy recommends implementing “a drainage system that diverts rainwater completely away from the house” in order to better prevent moisture intrusion and subsequent damage.
Thus, April showers are liable to bring more than mere flowers on Florida’s Treasure Coast.
According to the City of Stuart, Stuart, FL averages approximately 70.44 inches of rain total per year. And by April, residents can already see the build-up toward those volumes, with the monthly precipitation average hovering around three to four inches overall, thereby heralding in potential mold growth.
The Multiple Methods of Moisture Intrusion
“Dampness results from water incursion either from internal sources (e.g. leaking pipes) or external sources (e.g. rainwater),” as explained by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “Excessive moisture in the air (i.e., high relative humidity) that is not properly controlled with air conditioning can also lead to excessive dampness.”
In other words, rain is not the only culprit for mold growth and structural damage around your property.
If your home is not properly ventilated or your plumbing has not undergone regular maintenance or repair for extended periods of time, you may be increasingly vulnerable to disastrous water damage and flooding.
Thus, routine property maintenance is also important if you’re going to avoid monstrous mold growth.
Calling for Solutions with Coastal Air
At the end of the day, from mold and mildew growth to weakened insulation and increased energy bills, April showers are apt to dampen both your seasonal fun as well as your overall indoor air quality.
“Wet or damp construction cavities (e.g., spaces between interior and exterior walls), attics and plenums are major sources of mold and can contribute significantly to indoor air quality problems,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Thankfully, when you reach out to Coastal Air Assessments, you’ll find out for yourself how our pure dedication can help you pave the road to pure air! To learn more or schedule your comprehensive mold assessment, simply call our team today at (561) 400-0929.