April Showers, May Mould?

April Showers, May Mould?

While April showers are an expected weather event at this time of year, its consequences can result in the growth of more than just May flowers.

If you were unfortunate enough to experience either a leaky roof from spring rains or a basement flood from the spring runoff, you may think that because you’ve fixed the source of the leak and your home appears dry now, you can move on. Before you do that, ensure there are no damp spots remaining in your attic, your basement, or any other part of the house that could encourage the growth of mould.

Mould is a fungus that grows on damp surfaces, and it can hide inside walls or above ceiling tiles. You can sometimes smell it before you see it and when you do see it in the home, it could simply look like a stain or a smudge. Unfortunately what you can’t see are the spores that are released into the air and breathed in, leading to symptoms ranging from headaches to allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory conditions, especially for the very young, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system.

Mould can live on drywall, wood (such as wall framing and window sills), damp carpeting and even those cardboard boxes you have stacked in your basement.

Take some preventive measures to protect your house from the next water invasion by:

  • Making sure gutters and downspouts are cleaned and repaired regularly, as clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to clogged drain tiles, and subsequently a wet basement or crawl space.
  • Installing downspout extenders to ensure rainwater flows well away from your home’s foundation.
  • Making sure the ground slopes away from the home’s foundation, so that water does not collect there and leak into the home.
  • Check you attic to make sure it has adequate ventilation.