SERVE Letter August 2022


Here at Brookstone, we are so thankful for our outstanding team members. That's why with Labor Day coming up, we like to take this time to thank you for all your hard work. If we forget or don't say it enough, You have worked so hard and deserve to be praised for your outstanding effort. Thank you for bringing that unidentifiable quality to our company and allowing us to reach the highest heights by working together. Always know that you are valued for the unique qualities and skills you bring to the team. Our accomplishments over this past year and the progress we have made are because we have collectively stood side-by-side to make them happen. Let us celebrate your achievements from this past year and look forward with excitement to what we can do together in the coming year! 

—Rob and Andy Whitcomb 

Although mold can grow at any time of the year, certain climates and seasons facilitate faster growth rates, which often vary by location. The risk of mold is more prevalent in the summer because of warmer temperatures and rains. High levels of heat and humidity accompany sunny days due to temperature fluctuations, and here in Alabama, we certainly know something about moisture and heat. Fast-growing mold poses a significant threat to your family's health and may cause considerable damage to your property. In this article, we will discuss five reasons mold springs up in the summer.

1.   High Levels of Humidity

Summer is one of the ideal seasons for mold growth due to high humidity levels. Furthermore, poor ventilation, which hinders the free flow of air, worsens the condition. Hot temperatures outside and cold temperatures indoors can lead to condensation around windowsills and other insulation materials. These areas need to be cleaned regularly to prevent mold growth. The water extracted from the air by AC units is typically routed to a drain. However, poorly maintained or older units may cause leakages in basements and other crawl spaces, creating a conducive environment for mold. To avoid summer mold, you must ensure all air conditioning units are working correctly, and all sealing around windows are in good condition.

2.   Favorable Temperature for Growth

Molds spores thrive well during summer, as they can grow in temperatures ranging from 32 to 100 degrees Celsius. Since mold spores are very light and microscopic, they can easily be carried away from one place to another by the cool evening breeze or even mild wind. Mold also requires a source of food to grow. Therefore, mold spores migrate in search of organic materials such as paper, wood, insulation materials, and cardboard. Mold grows and multiplies rapidly if the available conditions favor its existence. Although mold grows well in dark places, some species may grow in daylight and darkness so that they can produce spores.

3.   Constant Moisture

Different factors can cause moisture during summer. The differences in temperature between the indoors and outdoors can cause condensation within insulation materials, the attic, windowsills, and other surfaces that may trap moisture. Dead leaves on your roof gutters can also cause molds to grow because they tend to trap moisture between them and the gutters. It is essential to clean your compound and clear your roof gutters of dead leaves since mold can find its way into your house. Moisture can also be trapped in the attic depending on the roofing materials used and the quality of construction.

4.   Poor Ventilation

If your home has rooms that are poorly ventilated, it can lead to the development of stagnant moist air. Since there is no free air circulation, mold spores that found their way into your home will not find their way out. Because of this reason, they can easily feed and grow on organic materials such as wallpapers, cardboard, and other items in the room. The hot temperatures outside may also favor mold growth because it takes a few days to grow and increase in numbers. Most likely, some materials in your room will remain damp, creating a favorable spot for mold growth. Opening your windows and allowing free air circulation in your home during summer helps prevent mold problems.

5.   Water Leaks and Spillages

If you are having a rainy summer, it is vital to watch out for signs of leakages in your roof and attic. Some visible signs of water leakages include a discolored spot or water patches on the ceiling. Even though you cannot see water coming through the ceiling, it is crucial to have them checked and repaired sooner to prevent mold growth. 

Mold thrives well in moist or damp environments because they have conditions favorable for growth. 



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