Homeowners should not let their guard down when it comes to mold growth just because the temperature has dropped. Mold loves to grow in and around homes in the wintertime just as much as in the warmer temperatures of summer. However, the causes of mold growth in the winter are different than in other seasons. The ServiceMaster Restore® team has put together a list of ways to keep your home free of this unsightly and dangerous menace in the colder months.
Control Indoor Humidity
The most effective way to stop mold from growing in your home in winter is to keep the humidity level as low as possible. Anything under 45% is usually an effective deterrent. If the humidity levels in your home are higher than this, look for the source of the problem as soon as you can. Moisture is likely leaking into a specific room or area of your home. If you cannot immediately find the source, use a dehumidifier to lower the moisture level to control the situation.
Inspect the Danger Zones for Mold Growth
Mold loves the parts of your home where the temperature is the lowest. This includes places like the attic, basement, crawlspaces, and around windows. Keep these areas as moisture-free as possible.
Look for Leaks
Water leaking from a damaged roof or broken pipes is an invitation for mold to RSVP its way into your home. Any noticeable leaks should be repaired immediately. Sometimes the cost of doing so may be prohibitive, such as if an old roof needs to be replaced. If this is the case, have a licensed professional provide remediation, such as placing a tarp over the damaged area, until the underlying cause can be addressed.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Run Your Exhaust Fans
Keep Your Gutters Clear
What if Mold Growth Still Occurs
Despite best efforts, sometimes mold still finds its way inside a home. If you see this happening, the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® are here to solve the problem. Mold removal requires the right approach to get rid of the growth both comprehensively and safely. We will develop a mold removal plan to efficiently eradicate the unwanted guest from your home as quickly as possible.