Winter in Washington never fails to leave it’s inhabitants damp and cold, and the weather can be even rougher to our homes. Mold is public enemy #1 in many Winter households, causing costly damage and health problems for home owners. Since mold grows on organic material in a damp environment, places such as wood, drywall, and carpet are prime areas for it to thrive.
There are several steps that can be taken to prevent the growth of mold in your home:
Close the windows when it is raining outside.
The less moisture inside the house, the more mold doesn’t want to be there. The heat from the house will attract the mold, since it is too cold outside for it to sustain growth.
Fix any leaks in the roof, walls, or windows.
These are just more ways for moisture and mold to become residence in your home. Even leaking pipes or taps can become an issue.
Keep rooms warm to avoid condensation
Condensation is another hot spot for molds, and is common on water tanks, windows, and pipes.
Buy a dehumidifier
Humidity only has to be above 55% for some molds to start growing. A dehumidifier will do the trick, but keeping windows open during the day (provided it isn’t damp and raining) can also help. Keep an eye on the kitchen and bathrooms of your home, since steam is common in both areas.
Clean and dust often to minimize mold spores
Mold spores float through the air and are impossible to avoid completely. Keeping your house clean and tidy reduces the chance that these little guys will began to grow.
The EPA suggests that absorbent materials like carpet may need to be replaced in some cases. If you think you have severe mold and are not sure whether you need to replace such materials, contact Renewal Remodels & Additions today for a free consultation.