Four Ways To Prevent Winter Mold Growth
Even though the winter months bring weather conditions with them that aren't conducive to mold growth, the interior of your home can harbor certain factors and environments that make mold growth much more likely. Understanding some of the factors that can cause mold growth in your home can help you identify them early and take proactive steps when it comes to mold elimination and prevention in your home.
The most important factor that allows mold to take root behind your walls and in dark corners of your house is moisture. High levels of ambient humidity can contribute to mold growth in areas that you can't see: the best way to reduce these levels is to install a dehumidifier in rooms that are likely to experience a lot of moisture, like bathrooms, basements, and kitchens. Alternatively, you may want to open the windows or run the fan or vent hood in your bathroom and kitchen while using water fixtures and water-using appliances in these rooms to ensure proper ventilation and to reduce the humidity level.
Check for Plumbing Leaks
Beyond humidity in the air, a pinhole leak in one of your pipes can contribute to significant amounts of mold growth over time. Of course, finding these leaks can be relatively difficult, so you'll want to keep an eye out for signs of water damage: discoloration, sagging in the walls or ceiling, warped wooden floorboards, peeling paint or bubbling wallpaper, and even just a musty smell or the sound of running water. If you notice even one of these signs, it's a good idea to contact both a plumber and a water damage remediation specialist to check out the area in question.
In a similar vein to the above point, it's a good idea for you to invest in plumbing insulation to install on your exposed pipes. Not only will this help prevent condensation from occurring, which can drip off of your pipes and contribute to mold growth, but it will also prevent the water within your plumbing from freezing and causing your pipes to burst, reducing the risk of future leaks due to winter weather conditions.
Finally, another good way to prevent water damage and mold growth in your home is to install heating cables on your roof. This ensures that ice will not build up at the edge of your roof, creating a dam that will hold water on top of your shingles – which makes it much more likely that it will seep into your attic unnoticed and create a prime environment for mold to grow.