Common Mold Allergies in the Fall

Oct 7, 2021

Fall brings all kinds of lovely things- pumpkins, brightly colored leaves, and fun Fall festivals. Unfortunately, for many people, the arrival of fall means allergy flare-ups caused by the increase in ragweed and other allergens in the air. But did you know that mold can be a big factor in allergy flare-ups during the fall? Here are a few spots you may not have thought of that are causing your mold allergy problems this fall.

 

1. Leaves

Brightly colored leaves are some of the best parts of fall, but those piles of leaves are also the perfect place for mold spurs to grow. If you’ve been outside for long periods of time raking leaves and find yourself developing allergy symptoms, there’s a good chance it could be due to mold hidden in leaves. If you have mold allergies, it’s a good idea to wear a mask when raking or spending extended time outside, especially if it has recently rained.

 

2. Rainwater

Fall can bring many rainy days after a dry summer. This buildup of moisture and potential flooding around and even inside of your home can create a perfect environment for mold to grow. 

Make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris to ensure proper drainage around your home. Also, be sure to quickly take care of leaks in the roof or basement flooding. This can cause mold in the roof or siding, so be sure your home is well ventilated and prepared for rainy fall weather. If you’ve noticed mold in your home due to rain, our experts can safely remove it.

 

3. Air

There’s nothing better than crisp fall air. However, this cool, fresh air can also be filled with tiny mold spores. Much like pollen, mold spores can be traveling through the outdoor air. When mold grows on damp leaves, logs, or soil and gets disturbed, those mold spores become airborne. Because of the changing of the plants and trees during the fall, these mold spores can be even more prominent. 

If you’re out hiking. And you notice your mold allergy flaring up this fall but can’t seem to find the physical source, it may be found in the outdoor air.

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