Mold Growth During Colder Weather

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Mold loves damp areas. The weather doesn’t always have to be warm for it to grow and spread. These microbes can survive and even flourish during the winter months. Disaster Cleanup Services has some tips to help keep your home mold free this winter. Below we will discuss several options that can lead to a healthier living environment for you and your family. 

  • Humidity Levels Are Important

If the humidity in your home is too high, it means there is excess moisture. It is best to keep your humidity level below 50%. You can use humidifier and dehumidifiers to accomplish your desired percentages.

  • Regular Cleaning is Crucial 

Regular cleaning of areas such as the bathroom and kitchen is crucial in keeping mold growth to a minimum. Areas where moisture is more common are at risk for mold growth. They should be cleaned on a regular basis.

  • Gutters Should be Regularly Cleaned

Gutters that are full of debris risk the chance of water backing up and entering your home. Ice dams are another issue specific to winter that should be properly managed. These can lead to moisture in the home that can cause mold growth in your walls and attic. Both places you don’t look regularly. Keep an eye on your gutters, attic, and your basement.

  • Use Exhaust Fans

Exhaust fans can be your best friend when it comes to areas that have more moisture. Make sure you use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom. This will help to remove the excess moisture.

  • Check for and Fix Leaks 

Leaks are the main cause of water damages and mold growth in homes. It is critical that you check your home for leaks on a regular basis. 

If you do have mold growth in your home, call a professional disaster cleanup company. Mold stains is a clear sign that you have mold infestation. Professional mold removal experts have the proper equipment and licenses to remove the mold safely from your home.