It’s November already! Most homeowners breathe a sigh of relief when the temperatures begin to drop in winter. They focus more on household issues and stop worrying about mold growth. But, the bad news is, ‘mold growth can happen in winter as well.’
Even though mold growth is vigorous in warm, humid environment, the primary contributor to mold growth, the moisture, can’t get out of hand at any time of year. So, here we’ve discussed a few ideas to prevent mold growth in winter. If you find any symptoms of mold growth, contact Albuquerque mold removal immediately.
Causes of Mold growth
The main reason behind the growth of mold in your home is excess moisture, and this is caused by,
- Water Damage
- Plumbing Leaks
- Leaky Roofs
- High Indoor Humidity and
Condensation on and around windows may seem normal, but one of the biggest causes of mold growth is the window condensation during winter. This occurs when moisture in the warm air inside your home liquefies upon contact with glass or other surfaces that are drastically cooler due to freezing outdoor temperatures. It’s very common during winter as there is excess moisture in the air.
So, it’s highly recommended by mold removal in Albuquerque NM to dry window surfaces regularly to prevent condensation from accumulating and being absorbed by the wood and drywall around the windows.
Tips to Get Rid of Mold
- Regardless of temperature, keep the humidity level of your home in control. Use a dehumidifier to maintain the humidity level inside your home.
- Regularly vacuum and clean your home to remove the sources of mold growth and pay close attention to bathrooms and other areas of your home that are likely to generate a lot of moisture.
- Instead of using wall-to-wall carpeting, invest in some good quality rugs and other washable floor surfaces.
- Don’t store paper, books and clothing in humid parts of your home, such as your basement, especially close to the floor or walls since they are the sources of food for mold.
- Leak-proof your roof and windows
- Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent mold growth.
- Use open windows or exhaust fans in the bathrooms and kitchen to reduce the moisture level.
- Properly insulate and ventilate your attic.
- Use waterproof polyethylene plastic to cover the soil in your crawl space.
- Clean up the areas that are affected by water damage as quickly as possible.
- Due to ongoing condensation, the windows, mirrors and plumbing pipes tend to be chronically damp in the winter. So, clean these areas with a towel to prevent them from becoming potential focus points for mold growth.