Is Mold a Problem in Colorado?

With an average annual relative humidity of only 36.8%, Colorado experiences a fairly dry climate. But, although it may be hard to believe, you can still have mold problems here. Our famously dry weather isn’t enough to overcome roof leaks, pipe breaks, and busted sump pumps.

Is Mold a Problem in Colorado

Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “There is always some mold everywhere – in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture.” Cyclone Kleen Up can attest to that. We’ve dealt with mold problems in new construction, homes over a hundred years old, condos, townhomes and mobile homes. We’ve found it in Pueblo, Denver, Colorado Springs, Leadville, in the mountains and the plains.

There are many different kinds of mold. Occasionally you’ll hear references to “black mold”, although no type of mold is formally called that since many molds are black in color. When individuals use that term, they might be referring to a type called Stachybotrys chartarum (S. chartarum), also known as Stachybotrys atra. But whichever type may be growing in a home or business, it’s important to understand that some people may be more sensitive to mold spores than others, and they may develop respiratory symptoms after inhaling even a small number of spores. In large amounts, mold spores can cause ill health in most anyone.

That’s why it’s important to have Cyclone Kleen Up professionally remove mold growth from your Colorado home or business and take steps to prevent it from growing back.

Where Mold May Be Found?

Mold requires moisture to grow, so it’s naturally found in areas that are damp and humid, such as bathrooms and basements. Plumbing leaks can also trigger mold growth and should be repaired ASAP. But, what about mold growth that you can’t see? If you’re experiencing a musty smell, it’s likely that you’ve got mold growing in a hidden spot.

The following are some of the most common spots for mold to grow undetected and should be periodically checked:

  • Behind your refrigerator
  • Beneath stacks of magazines, papers or cardboard
  • Under sinks
  • Behind the drywall in spaces with plumbing lines
  • Behind the wallboard around leaking windows
  • In ventilation ducts
  • Under carpeting that was once wet
  • On the back of acoustic ceiling tiles

Preventing Mold Growth

Here are some ways to control the moisture in your home and curb prohibit mold growth:

Ways to Prevent Mold

  • Install air conditioning. These units not only cool the house, they also remove moisture from the air.
  • Install dehumidifiers in areas that suffer from moisture.
  • Increase air circulation by installing ceiling fans and more air vents.
  • Insulate water pipes. Cold pipes can “sweat” and drip.

When it comes to mold, one of the worst things you can do is to do nothing. Mold is a living organism that grows and will go on growing under the right conditions. It will also continue to adversely affect your health and will damage your Colorado home or business until it’s been stopped in its tracks. By the time you notice it, it’s already been around for a while. So, whether you can see it or not, call Cyclone Kleen Up at 719-299-3887 to safely remediate any mold problems you’re facing.