Winterizing Your Home to Prevent Mold Growth

Winterizing Your Home to Prevent Mold Growth  

While you may be welcoming cooler temperatures and falling leaves, mold is getting ready to take advantage of the wet winter months to move into your home. Accumulated moisture from rain, fog, dew, hail and snow creates the perfect opportunity for mold to grow. Knowing mold’s tricks will help you winterize your home to prevent mold growth

Know Before it Grows

Prevention is always the first step in tackling mold growth. Make sure all areas of your home are clean and free of dust. Mold likes to feed on dust, so you’ll take away a food source if mold spores happen to creep in. Check your doors to make sure the weather stripping is in good condition, then check your windows to make sure the caulking is solidly in place. Creating a good seal on your home entry points helps keep moisture out, as well as the cold. Similarly, ensure you have good air circulation in your home with vent fans and open windows, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and other areas that can produce moisture. 

Check Out of the Way Spaces

Basements are mold growth meccas. They are dark, damp and not used as frequently as other areas of the home, especially in the winter. Be sure to continually check for cracks in the mortar. If there’s a leak or moisture buildup in the basement, it could be the drainage system outside. If you have crawl spaces over soil, cover them with a moisture-barrier like roofing paper or plastic film, and make sure the area is ventilated. 

Don’t just concentrate on winterizing the interior of your home. Clean out the roof gutters to prevent buildups and ice accumulation, and check to make sure they don’t need any repairs. You’ll also want to keep an eye on the slope of the ground around your home. The ground should slope away from your home and to the street, easing rain and snow away from your home rather straight into it. 

Protect Your Plumbing

Cracked pipes or plumbing leaks can cause more than just water and home damage, they can be an open invitation for mold growth. If appliances are broken or unused, disconnect the plumbing and water flow. Protect both interior and exterior pipes from freezing temperatures with pipe and faucet insulators.    

Keep it Low

Keep the humidity and temperatures low – two things mold hates. If you notice condensation around windows and pipes, first check to make sure it’s not a leak. If you have an excess amount of humidity or moisture in your home, you can try to eliminate it by heating your home for several hours, then opening up doors and windows. This will help naturally push out the moist air. 

Bring in the Pros

Your basic motto for winterizing your home to prevent mold growth is actually the same throughout the year: keep it clean, keep it dry. If you suspect any mold growth, call Microzyme Technologies right away at (866) 920-6653. We’ll respond within 48 hours to check the air quality and offer a plan of remediation, if necessary. We have over 15 years of experience and over 2,000 mold remediation success stories – we’re here to help if you need us!

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