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Winter Mold Prevention Tips

mold tipsMany American mistakenly think that mold should not be a concern during winter. After all, winter is a time of dry, cold air—exactly what mold doesn’t want—and the chances of water leaking into the home and creating moisture problems is far lower.

This is, however, not the whole story. There are a number reasons why you should be thinking about mold prevention during winter, or the onset of winter. These reasons are fairly straightforward and easy to understand.

1. Snowmelt

Even during the coldest winters, there are always stretches of time (often days or even weeks) during which the temperature rises above 32 degrees. This means that the snow around your home is slowly turning to liquid water, which means that leakage or seepage is definitely a risk during winter. These water damage events are perfect for mold growth, especially if you’re not checking the house regularly.

The solution: Routine checks for water leakage throughout the home (especially the basement) are the best defense against mold-causing moisture during the winter.

2. Humidifiers

Many people struggle with dry air in the winter, especially in their bedrooms while sleeping. That dryness can be very uncomfortable and can lead to dry sinuses and other unwanted symptoms. To address this, many families bring in humidifiers to combat the dryness in the air. Good idea—except that saturating the air with too much humidity can lead to another unwanted problem: Mold!

The solution: Make sure you use humidifiers in moderation, and avoid keeping them in the same exact place for extended periods of time.

3. Heaters

We like to keep our homes nice and toasty when the temperature drops, and you probably do too! Mold also likes it when you do this. Dark, warm, damp places are exactly what mold wants, and such places can be found in your home no matter what the weather is like.

Solution: Don’t forget standard mold prevention techniques—such as ventilation, regular cleaning, and dehumidification—to combat mold when the weather gets cold.

4. Lack of ventilation

In order to preserve heat and conserve energy, we keep our homes sealed and insulated against the winter chill. But this raises the important issue of ventilation. We need well-ventilated air in order to live healthy lifestyles during the winter, and we also need it to prevent mold growth.

Solution: Consider installing a ventilator, or talk to your HVAC specialist about the ventilating properties of your existing HVAC appliances. If the cold is not too severe, crack the windows at scheduled intervals to encourage airflow.

Staying mold-free through the winter

The winter may seem like the safest possible time when it comes to mold, but appearances can be deceiving. As long as your home is warm, and as long as there are sources of moisture running through it, mold can grow. And since ventilation is generally lower during winter, colonies can flourish once they take hold. So take this winter mold prevention advice to heart, and avoid unwanted mold problems during the colder months!

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