Hurricane and tropical storm season is continuing to hit Florida. With the excess rain, flooding, and humidity that accompanies these storms, all homeowners should be aware of the possibility for an environmental bloom to take place.

Humidity

An environmental bloom is when changes in the environment promote mold growth. One such environmental change is an elevation in humidity. Mold requires a humidity level of 60 or above to promote growth. While it is impossible to control the humidity levels outside our houses, we can maintain the humidity inside. The easiest way to accomplish this is to make sure your air conditioner is working. An air conditioner controls the temperature and humidity levels, which means less chance for mold to grow. Mold only Keeping your air conditioner on is especially important if you are leaving your house for an extended period. Keeping your air conditioner on is especially important if you are leaving your house for an extended period. Mold only requires 48 hours to start growing, so if you are leaving your home for longer than two days with the air conditioner either off or on a higher temperature, you are risking returning to an environmental bloom.

Moisture

Another concern for homeowners is the abundant amount of rain and flooding. Any improper or missing insulation, cracks, or missing sealant around doors and windows, or roof leaks, all allow moisture intrusion and mold growth. Here at Bowman Building Assessment, we provide an Infrared Inspection where we check your house with an infrared camera to make sure insulation is present and sealant are in good condition to withstand any moisture that comes your way. We also provide Roof Inspections to identify and isolate rook leaks in your roofing system, as well as mold assessments if you suspect mold is already in your house.
Be as prepared as possible for anything the environment throws your way and contact Bowman Building Assessment today.