winter mold growth

How to Stop Mold Growth this Winter

When winter arrives, you have to protect your home from more than cold. The cold, dark, damp days of winter can quickly lead to mold growth if you’re not proactive. The good news is that you can stop this mold before it gets out of control. Follow these practices to protect your home from mold this winter.

Check Your Insulation

One of the major drivers of mold is moisture. In the winter, condensation is prone to form when cold outdoor air makes contact with warm indoor air. You’ve likely seen a fogged up window on a cold winter day. But, there’s another space you should vigilantly check for signs of condensation.

If your attic is not properly insulated, condensation will form on the interior side of your roof. Once this moisture is present, mold is likely to form. Decreasing the difference in the outdoor and indoor temperature will decrease condensation and limit mold.

Inspect for Leaks

Another way that moisture can enter into your home is through leaks. Some common areas of the home where water can enter include the basement, crawlspace, chimney, and attic. If you find any leaks, make sure to properly patch them.

Make sure you also check the seals on your windows and doors. Even if there isn’t a noticeable amount of water entering your home, moisture could still be making its way inside. You may be able to limit leaks with caulk or you can replace the seals on your windows and doors.

Take extra care to inspect your home after winter storms. Snow and ice can open up small leaks, causing water to enter.

Provide Proper Ventilation

To deal with condensation on your windows, it helps to have proper ventilation. Central heating systems provide some ventilation, but fans can help increase airflow even more.

It is especially important to utilize fans in areas with heavy moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. These rooms typically have built-in fans — use them!

Use a Dehumidifier

If some areas of your house are continually damp, it’s a smart move to buy a dehumidifier. These appliances keep the air moisture at a constant, acceptable level. You can buy a model that you must manually empty or use tubing to make it automatically drain outside.

Check Your Gutters

Before the bad weather of winter sets in, take a moment to inspect your exterior rain gutters. If they are clogged, leaking, or broke, they may be sending water right to the sides of your house. This will wear away your house’s exterior and/or send water into your home. Also, make sure to divert the outflow of your gutters away from the base of your house. You may have to use extra flexible pipe.

Contact Us For Mold & Germ Remediation Services

On discovering the presence of mold, it is usually important to call the facilities engineers or experts to get a professional opinion to solve the issue surrounding the mold in your home.

If you see mold or suspect that mold is growing in your home, mold remediation should be applied to ensure that your home or business is free of mold or toxins.  Reach out to us today for a free quote or call us directly at (508) 534–9091. We are proud to serve Yarmouth, Dennis, Barnstable, and the rest of Cape Cod & South Shore Area.

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