Mold and mildew (which is just mold’s early stage) are particularly problematic in winter in many areas, due to moisture levels being high and warmth from various heat sources providing the perfect growing environment for mold.
Mold can cause health issues for some people, ranging from eye, nose, and throat irritation and sinus congestion to respiratory problems and headaches. Infants, children, pregnant women, elderly individuals, and people with existing respiratory conditions have a higher risk for severe health problems caused by mold.
These tips can help you prevent mold from finding a foothold in your home.
Look for Dampness
Check all areas of your home where unexpected dampness might be spreading, This can mean attics, basements, crawl spaces, behind heavy drapes where they touch the wall or inside cabinets below a sink. Mildew and mold can grow on wood, ceramic tile, wallpaper, carpet, drywall, insulation, fabrics and more.
Bathrooms are favored places for mold to grow, thanks to the heat and damp that accompany showers. Installing a vent fan and running it for 30 minutes after a shower or bath can make all the difference in the world when it comes to lowering humidity levels.
Check the Laundry Room
The laundry room is another area where mold can become a problem. Ensure the room is properly ventilated, and that hot moist air from the dryer is going outside where it belongs, Also check for leaks in the washing machine hoses and for clearance space around both units.
Having a dedicated stack of old rags you can use to clean up mildew and mold then throw away is a place to start when it comes to assembling a mold fighting kit. Add protective gloves, non-ammonia cleaning products, bleach, disposable sponges, and a bucket and brush and you are ready to wage war on mold.
Use fans to help circulate air in your home. Invest in a dehumidifier that can be moved from room to room as needed. Open windows in winter when possible to air out your home and release excess humidity. Check your pipes regularly and insulate them for freezing weather. Have your gutters checked as well to ensure no rainwater is seeping between the siding and the walls of your home?