Mold thrives in moist, warm areas, ironically making the cold winter months one of the best times for mold to grow and expand. Let me explain, as warm air rises into attic spaces and meets the cold roof, condensation may forms along the wood, making it the perfect home and food source for the mold. Damage to your home from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures after a winter storm can also cause mold to spread into your home.
Get ahead of your mold issue by assessing your home throughout the winter, especially after storms, and taking these steps to preventing mold growth during winter:
- Turn off the water flow to broken appliances and pipes
- Make sure there is good air circulation – use an exhaust fan when you’re cooking and washing dishes and open a window when showering
- Replace cracked mortar in basements
- Insulate pipes inside your home to ensure they won’t crack and/or bust
- Use a dehumidifier in damp areas of your home. But note, during the heating season, if you have damp areas, that may be a sign of another or larger issue.
- Clean your gutters regularly so they do not overflow, which can cause damage and moisture build up around your windows, behind your siding and under your shingles
- Check your home regularly for moisture and leaks, especially after a storm
- Replace weather stripping on doors and windows to keep moisture from penetrating into your home
If you notice mold in your home, call Envirotech Clean Air at (800) 698-1300 to ensure the mold in your home is properly removed.