Allergy sufferers are no stranger to the discomforts that come with changing seasons. They fully expect to start experiencing the telltale itchy, watery eyes and runny nose as soon as the spring pollens hit in full force. However, some of those who cope with seasonal allergies have noticed that the season seems to have arrived a little early this year in Toronto.
Is it just bad luck, or is there something else going on? As it turns out, there may be a new culprit to blame this year: snow mould.
What is Snow Mould?
While it seems like the whole winter was pretty terrible in Southern Ontario, it only became desperately cold and miserable in February. Though you may struggle to recall what the weather was like a few months ago, December and January really weren’t that bad. In fact, they were a bit warmer than average.
Because the temperatures stayed so warm for so long, there was a lot of organic material like grass and leaves on the ground when the snow finally did start to fall. The snow had an insulating factor that kept the ground warm under the snow, and it provided a protective blanket to keep the moisture of melted snow trapped near the ground. As we know, warmth + moisture = mould. The result is the stuff that may be causing your itchy, watery eyes right now.
Does it Go Away Without Treatment?
As the snow banks on your lawn finally start to retreat, you may notice a white coating lingering behind. There also may be patches of what looks like dead grass, but with a texture that appears kind of like a webbed material. These strange discolorations are the first sign that your lawn is affected by snow mould. Before you panic and start spraying your lawn with complicated blends of bleach and vinegar, know that the bright sun and warm temperatures that are on the way should take care of the problem for you soon enough.
To prevent this from happening again next year, try to bag up all the leaves and organic material on your lawn before the snow comes, and shovel everything into several small snow piles instead of one big one.
Mould Removal for Your Home
Later in the spring, pollen will take over as the chief culprit for your seasonal allergy woes. However, if it seems like a persistent problem long after you have been exposed to the outdoor elements, there may be a problem with indoor allergens in your home. After dust and pet dander, one of the most common causes of indoor allergy symptoms is a mould colony somewhere in the house.
If you do suspect that there’s more at play than the usual outdoor spring allergens, be sure to arrange a mould inspection for your home with a professional mould removal company. You will have a much easier time enjoying the season without worrying about the harmful effects of mould.