Limit Winter Mold Growth in your Home
Cold and wet winter months and the ever-changing winter weather can create the perfect atmosphere for mold to grow. When water from rain, sleet and snow during the winter months gets tracked inside, the increased moisture can create more humid conditions inside your home, allowing mold to grow more quickly. Luckily, there are a few easy ways you can do to reduce and control mold growth in your home.
Tips to Control Mold Growth in Winter
- Keep indoor humidity below 45%. According to the EPA, the best way to control indoor mold growth is to carefully monitor and maintain your home's moisture level. If the humidity in your home rises, address the problem as soon as possible. Use a dehumidifier to lower the moisture level when needed.
- Set ceiling fans in reverse. Your fans should turn counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter. If you set your ceiling fans to turn clockwise during chilly winter months, you will pull cold air up and draw the warmer air downward, which can both save you money on energy bills and keep your home a bit warmer. Good air circulation will also keep condensation from building up on cold walls and windows, where it can be a potential source of mold growth.
- Use exhaust fans. In the bathroom, kitchen and other areas of the home that frequently have more moisture. Good air circulation can help ensure that moisture doesn't have a chance to sit and promote mold growth.
- Clean and repair roof gutters. Regular cleaning removes build-up of lead leaves and debris which will help prevent ice dams that can lead to mold growth in your attic and on your ceilings.
Call a professional
If you can't readily see a moisture problem but you find traces of mold growing in your home, it may be time to seek professional help. Here at SERVPRO of Libertyville/North Chicago City/Lake Bluff our technicians have the training, experience and equipment to re-mediate mold safely and effectively so your home can become your personal safe haven again.
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