Tips to Prevent Mold in the Winter
Mold is a nasty fungus that no one wants to deal with, especially in their home.
Mold can occur in homes at any time of the year, but during the winter months
the chance for mold and mildew growing rises.
Winter is the time to crank up the heat and close the house from the outside.
We want to seal up all the doors and windows to keep the cold air from coming
in. Unfortunately, this creates a great environment for mold to grow. Mold
spores are all around, but these conditions give mold exactly what it needs to
grow, moisture and warmth.
Moisture created in your home basement, kitchens and bathrooms will condense
when it meets the cold. Therefore, you are most likely to find mold on
baseboards, windows, tile grout, and even in hidden areas such as closets.
Fortunately, there is a way to prevent mold from growing in the winter.
TOP TIPS TO PREVENT MOLD FROM GROWING IN THE WINTER:
KEEP HUMIDITY LOW IN YOUR HOME
Consider purchasing a dehumidifier for areas that have high moisture.
The air is dry outside during the winter, humidifiers can help keep
your homes humidity controlled. Buy one that takes readings and keep
your humidity level below 40%.
KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN
If you want to prevent mold it is crucial to keep your home clean. You want to
be sure to vacuum and keep your floors cleaned regularly. Get those areas that
have high moisture especially clean such as your bathrooms.
KEEP MOISTURE LOW
Use fans in your kitchen and bathroom. Steamy showers and cooking can give
these areas plenty of moisture. Be sure to turn on exhaust fans to keep
condensations from occurring. You can even wipe down any moisture that you
see on walls.
LOOK FOR AND REPAIR ANY LEAKS
Check all your indoor plumbing and be sure there are no leaks, also be sure
to check for any water leaking into your home from outside. Fix any leaks that
you may find. The longer that you let a leak go, the more likely mold is to grow.
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BASEMENT
If you have a basement in your home, pay special attention to it. Basements are
the most common area for mold to grow. Basements are damp and do not
get much air circulation, leading to trapped moisture and high humidity. Once
again, consider using a dehumidifier to control humidity levels and prevent mold
in your basement.
Hopefully these tips will keep mold from growing in your home this winter.
However, if you should find any areas in your home with mold growth, you will
need a professional to check it out. You may need mold remediation services.
Mold is very serious and can cause many health problems, you do not want it
it in your home.
ServiceMaster Restoration offers expert mold remediation services. Our
professionally trained technicians use the latest mold remediation
and drying techniques to deliver quality results. Call us today at (704) 324-8528.