Tips for Winter Mold Prevention

Do you find that cold damp weather leads to mold growth in your warmer, damp home? Mold and mildew (which is just mold in an early stage) are moisture-loving fungi that do an admirable job of breaking down organic matter outside but simply cause a mess inside.

Mold can cause serious health issues for many people, including respiratory problems; sinus congestion; eye, nose, or throat irritation; and headaches. Infants, children, pregnant women, elderly individuals, and people who already suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma need mold-free environments to stay healthy.

Looking for Mold

Check areas in your home that are subject to high humidity or which may have experienced water damage, such as the laundry room, bathrooms, or a damp basement or crawl space. Mildew and mold can grow on all kinds of surfaces, such as wood, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric, plants, foods, and insulation. Spores can travel through the air, then break down and destroy whatever they’re growing on.

Preventing Mold

Make sure your bathroom stays well-ventilated with an exhaust fan that can help circulate the air and remove moisture more quickly. Don’t leave damp towels bunched up, and minimize the number of places in the shower that can collect and hold moisture. Choose shower curtains that can dry quickly, and wipe down the shower or tub after use. Soap scum can provide an ideal breeding ground for mold.

Anticipating Mold

If your home is going to be closed up for a while, or even specific rooms may be shut off, consider taking precautions against the growth of mold. A dehumidifier can help, as can covering furniture with protective coverings. Put moisture-absorbing crystal packets in the backs of cupboards and in closets, and turn off water sources. Store unused items in well-ventilated areas.

Mold Remediation

If you do have a stubborn mold in your home, The Dry Guys can help. We can find mold, identify it, and determine the best way to remove it for a cleaner home and a healthier you.