One usually thinks of mold growth happening during warmer months when warm, moist air collects in dark spaces. It is true that mold does thrive in such conditions and can spread anywhere in the house when the air is warm. However, mold can also grow in colder months. If you believe you may have a mold problem, follow these mold prevention tips for the winter.
Keep Everything Clean
No matter what time of year it is, keeping everything clean is perhaps the first place to start in taking care of a home. Mold is a creature that takes care of getting rid of decomposing materials faster in nature, but you don’t want it to do that in your home where it doesn’t belong. Mold can eat away at leftover food, plastics, fabrics, some types of drywall, wood, and more. It can collect where condensation is. Keeping a clean house is the first step in making sure mold does not start growing on any surfaces, hidden or otherwise.
Have Good Ventilation
Crafting efficient ventilation in a home is a challenge that can be infinitely perfected. While it is crucial to have sufficient insulation, it is also necessary to allow fresh air to come in and old air to go out. One of the ways someone can improve the air quality of their house is to keep the ducts of the HVAC system clean. Besides changing the air filter every two to three months, there may come a time when the air ducts need cleaning too. Mold, dust, dirt, and more can build up within the space and potentially cause health problems.
Seal Leaks and Cracks
In the winter, mold is most likely to grow around cracks and crevices where moisture collects. These areas are not always easy to detect, like gaps between the attic and roof, in the basement, or crawlspace. Some cracks can be seen around windows and doors, especially if condensation collects in those areas. You will need to replace or repair windows and doors in this condition. Also take care to insulate any pipes that may be affected by freezing temperatures and close off gaps between pipes and walls or ceilings, which can also help with mold prevention.
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