How to Prevent Mold and Mildew in Winter
Even though humidity is less prevalent in the winter, the presence of indoor heating makes for a great environment for mold and mildew growth. Luckily, there are several things you can do to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your home this winter.
Mold and mildew have similar growth conditions. They both flourish in warm, moist areas and can grow on a variety of materials. Both can cause similar allergic reactions like itchy eyes, congestion, and various respiratory problems.
The biggest difference between mold and mildew is their appearance and growth properties. Mildew is easy to identify. It has a flat, 2 dimensional appearance, grows on surface areas, and can easily be removed with a rag and cleaner. Mold can be fuzzy and more 3 dimensional in appearance. While it grows on surface areas, it also grows in undetected areas, like behind walls, and can destroy the material it lives on.
The key to preventing mold and mildew is to eliminate the factors it needs to grow: moisture and heat. There are a few ways to do this.
If you have a humid home, it could be beneficial to invest in a dehumidifier and fans. This will help to pull the moisture from the air and dry out your home, decreasing the opportunity for mold and mildew growth. If you don’t have exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom, consider installing them.
Keep an eye out for any areas in your home that could potentially leak. Places like windows, skylights, pipes, and doorways are usually the biggest culprits. If you find a leak, fix it immediately. The longer a leak persists, the more likely it is to grow mold.
In the winter, it’s not uncommon to have snowy, wet shoes. Make sure to purchase a boot tray or mat to keep your entry way dry and free of water.
By following these easy guidelines, you’ll be able to significantly prevent mold and mildew growth in your home. If you’ve discovered any mold problems, don’t hesitate to give our team a call.