Spring Training is Here – Mold Problems & Major League Baseball Are Around the Corner

It’s that time of year again! Major league baseball teams have started Spring Training games. If you’ve read The World’s Most Interesting Engineer, you know I have two recurring themes when I write about mold. The first is, well, recurrence. Mold problems can come back if we only clean up the mold and do not correct what caused the original mold problem. The second is that most of calls for mold related issues occur during the period that runs between Major League Baseball (MLB) Opening Day and the end of the World Series.
Before I go any further, last year you may recall I went on about the Cubs winning the World Series. I predicted the Cubs would be competitive, but I didn’t think they’d make the NLCS. What a season. But this is the year.
We’re seeing warmer weather here, and on March 13th we’ll resume Daylight Savings Time. I don’t like the cold, even though we don’t have rough winters here. I’m a big baseball fan, so I’m happy to see America’s Game come back, along with warmer weather and longer days.
I was looking back at photos from our 2014 trip to Spring Training (if you’re any kind of baseball fan, I highly recommend going sometime) and found these.

Joey Bats – a well deserved nickname. That dude can rake.


Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter’s last spring training


Cracker Jacks

Cracker Jacks are always good – but they’re even better at the ballpark


Back to the real (presumably) purpose of this post. Many of the mold and moisture projects our clients bring us occur during baseball season. Our clients notice problems that begin around Opening Day, and usually tail off around the end of the World Series.
Do you want this lurking behind your walls?

Mold season runs about the same time as baseball season

That’s not to say that mold and moisture problems don’t occur during other times of the year- but that seems to be the time period during which the mold and moisture problems are really noticeable.
Remember that mold problems go hand in hand with moisture issues. If you don’t find the moisture source and correct the problem, you may get to play a mold remediation double header. The late, great Mr. Cub Ernie Banks was known for saying, “Let’s play two!”, but I’m pretty sure no one wants to repeat mold remediation. That involves more aggravation, time, and money. To put that mathematically:

Watching Baseball Doubleheader = 1/Recurring Mold Problem

(Chris White’s Second Law of Why Baseball is More Awesome than Mold)

Also should require no proof whatsoever. For more of my Laws on Why Baseball is More Awesome than Mold, click here.

I’m glad baseball season comes back – but Owners don’t want mold to return. Did I mention the Cubs will win it all this year and that I’m a fan?

And once temperatures start rising this Spring and Summer, lowering the thermostat only exacerbates moisture and mold problems (not to mention increasing your energy bills!).
There are simple ways to cut costs and help the environment.

Hopefully going green for you means energy efficiency & savings, not turning your buildings green

Now would be a good time to look at how you manage mold and moisture issues- instead of letting those problems manage you. I know it seems early – but it may be a good idea for you to have a Spring Training of sorts to make sure you’re out ahead of your mold and moisture problems. Maybe you’ll avoid the problems altogether and you’ll have more time to listen, watch, or even go to more baseball games!
Remember, if you need help:
Wynn's a good guy to have around if you like corny jokes and want to solve mold problems

Wynn’s a good guy to have around if you like corny jokes and want to solve mold problems

If I can help, or if you are a Cubs fan like me and just want to talk, give me a call or send me an email at cwhite@wynnwhite.com
I hope you have a great Spring and Summer. And most importantly, I hope the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.
Stay moldy, my friends.