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Tips for Tackling Mold During the Rainy Season

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April showers bring May flowers, but that doesn't mean that the heavy downpours tend to let up as the spring season wanes. In fact, sometimes early summer is the worst time for thunderstorms and afternoon rains. And unfortunately, with rain comes muggy, sticky air and sometimes even mold. To keep your home environment cool and comfortable during the rainy season, there are a few affordable, simple things you can do.

What Are Mold Spores?
Though pollen is often thought of as the worst allergen culprit, mold is not far behind. In fact, mold spores are even smaller than pollen grains, which means they're much more likely to find their way into your home and irritate your allergies. There are thousands of different types of spores, all of which are airborne and difficult to detect. For those who are allergic to mold, breathing mold spores into the lungs is one of the most common causes of an asthma attack.

These incredibly small spores can grow into fungus anywhere from moist piles of leaves and debris in the yard to damp places in your home. Oftentimes when mold begins to grow indoors, it goes undetected. A small leak under the kitchen sink can easily be overlooked and without proper ventilation, bathrooms and basements are a prime spot for growth.

Here are a few tips for combating mold growth this rainy season:

Purifying the air in your home is one of the best ways to ensure that mold growth is prevented in the first place. Just as there are air purifiers targeted toward preventing odor or pollen, there are many Holmes® air purifiers designed specifically to help trap and remove mold spores. Air purifiers with true HEPA filtration or ultraviolet technology are designed to block mold spores from inhabiting your home. As a bonus, they even work to help remove odor, dust, pet dander, debris, pollen, smoke and bacteria.

With the Holmes® Large Allergen Remover Air Purifier Console with True HEPA Filter, you can count on this HEPA filter to catch even the smallest of mold spores, as it can remove airborne allergens as small as 0.3 microns from passing through the filter. This size of this air purifier is perfect for large rooms such as the living room or family area. Built for the convenience and simplicity of everyday use, this air purifier will let you enjoy springtime without worrying about your family's health.

Keep It Dry
When the rain starts to puddle up on the sidewalks, in your driveway and on the roof, there's a good chance it will also find its way inside. Before the start of the season, it's best to locate and conceal any leaks you may have. For water pipes, indoor plumbing fixtures, drains, bathtubs and the like, using caulk to seal the leaks should do the trick. For larger leaks near windows and doors, weatherstripping may be more appropriate.

Even if you don't encounter a leak, it's important to follow daily practices for keeping places such as your bathroom and kitchen area dry. Avoid leaving wet towels on carpets or touching wallpaper, don't leave damp clothes in the washing machine and make sure floors and walls are dry after someone takes a shower.

Promote Air Flow
Without good air flow in your home, excess moisture is more likely to cling to windows, walls and surfaces. By opening doors between rooms, moving furniture away from the walls and letting in fresh air, you can help get that stale air moving. You can also use a Holmes®  fan such as the Holmes® 18 Inch Remote Control Stand Fan for relief during that hot and muggy, rainy weather. It's great for large rooms because of its many speed settings and sturdy base, moving cool air quickly thanks to the oscillation. For optimal convenience, it comes with a remote to control each of the comfort settings.

Find It Early
The best way to combat mold this rainy season is to stay on top of it. Mold can grow and spread in as little as 24 hours, so it's crucial to put a stop to it as soon you notice it. Purify your air, keep your home dry and monitor places that may be susceptible for hosting this fungi. Finding mildew - mold in its early stages - gives you the opportunity to tackle it before it grows any more.