“Mold and winter? Never!”
Unfortunately this opinion is quite common, and as a result, homes across the Colorado region are facing numerous issues when the snow begins to melt and spring begins. In fact, mold is common in winter, predominantly because people simply don’t think about it!
Where does winter mold thrive?
Insulation is a great home for mold and the warmer your house is during the colder months, the more likely you are to have mold festering in all those lovely humid places.
Mold is actually everywhere in winter, from growing and building a community within your overused thermostat; to developing a mold-filled community under your piles of snow. The majority of winter mold is actually found on drywalls, sheet rock and in the corners of your roof. These dark areas are more prone to colder air, and when they are hit with humidity – together these factors create the ideal setting for mold to grow.
Why don’t I want mold?
The biggest problem with this is that mold is dangerous to your health and when you’re already stuck inside for the colder months as the snow falls outside, not to mention bracing for the latest flu that has hit the public scene this year; the last thing you want is to also be dealing with feeling sick, or suffering from allergies thanks to a build-up of mold. And it’s not just allergies.
Mold has also been linked to a number of larger scale health issues, such as multiple sclerosis, miscarriage, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and cancer.
Stay mold free
There are a number of things you can do around the home in winter that are going to help you stay mold free. Firstly, ensure the ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry is effective. If need be, install a fan in the roof so that you can get rid of any excess moisture in the air. In the kitchen, don’t leave the kettle boiling on the stove; use the lids when you’re cooking on the stove so you don’t let so much condensation out; and leave your cupboards open a centimeter or two so that you can let them air out a bit rather than keeping them closed and musty. Though it’s tempting in colder months, try not to spend too much time in the shower letting the steam fill the room; and finally, make sure you open the doors or windows regularly and let a little cold air in to dry the place out. Ideally, you also want to keep the humidity in your home below 60 degrees.
Following these tips will help you to keep your home mold free in winter so that you can enjoy spring feeling fresh. If you need further advice on how to keep mold out of your home in winter, call your local mold testing professionals today.