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How To Prevent Mold In Winter

How To Prevent Mold In Winter

Mold Prevention in Winter

Mold can grow anytime, and virtually anywhere. You might not realize it, but mold spores are all around us—they’re even a part of the air we breathe. Most of the time, mold in these tiny quantities is harmless and won’t start to grow. It’s only when mold finds an opportunity to grow—thanks to moisture, warmth, and food—that those microscopic spores develop into a big (and often expensive to fix) problem.

The winter months are not safe from mold. In fact, mold grows best in winter. Here are five steps you can take to prevent mold growth in the winter.

  • Humidity Matters

Many homeowners use a humidifier in the winter to counteract the drying effect of HVAC systems. One thing you’ll want to check is that your indoor humidity level, though, doesn’t go above 40%. Excessive humidity leads to the damp areas mold flourishes in.

  • Purify Your Air

An easy way to keep mold from constantly circulating in your home is using a HEPA filter. HEPA filters are high-efficiency particulate absorber, capable of pulling the spores right out of the air before they have a chance to settle anywhere.

  • Safe Storage

Mold and clutter often go hand and hand. Break up this potentially dangerous relationship by sorting through your unused belongings, especially the items you keep in less insulated, humid rooms, such as the basement. Clothing and books are especially appealing to mold—if you’re not going to read it again, donate it to the library.

  • Gutter Talk

As we’ve mentioned, moisture is a big draw to mold, and your roof gutters are likely to hold a lot of damp, soggy leaves after the autumn season. It’s a good idea to make sure these have been cleaned out before winter hits so that mold damage doesn’t catch you unawares.

  • Ventilation Matters

Make sure your exhaust fans in the bathroom, laundry, and kitchen are fully working—and that everyone actually uses them. Bathrooms are a prime location for mold to develop, even during the winter months. The combination of warmth and moisture is extremely alluring to fungal bodies.

Mold is no laughing matter in winter espically—it’s a known health risk that can cause asthma, headaches, and more. For more information about mold removal, contact the mold remediation experts at Bay State Mold Removal. We can help you take care of your current problem while also checking for any hidden mold you may have missed and prevent mold from coming back. Contact us today on our website or call us at 857-389-5284 so we can help you prevent mold from growing in your house during the winter months. If you do find mold in your home, the best thing to do is to call an expert to keep you and everyone living in your home safe. 

Common Signs You Have An Attic Mold Problem

Common Signs You Have An Attic Mold Problem

Mold can grow anywhere, no part of your house is safe from a mold outbreak. There are things you can look for and try and catch the problem sooner rather than later before the mold grows. One of the problems with attic mold is that your attic isn’t someplace you spend a lot of time,…

How to Prevent Carpet Mold After Water Damage

How to Prevent Carpet Mold After Water Damage

Water damage can be  devastating for your home’s foundation but when everything seems okay, you might be forgetting about your carpets! When water seeps into your home from an outside source, or if a pipe bursts, it can lead to mold issues for your carpets. If you have rooms that are subject to humid, warm, and dark conditions…

How to Remove Mold From Clothes

How to Remove Mold From Clothes

Household mold can be a huge problem for homeowners. When we think of mold, we often think of it on our food, on our drywall, on our bathroom tiles and on wooden surfaces. What most people don’t realize is that mold also loves finding a home on clothing and other fabric surfaces. If you suspect…

How To Remove Bathroom Mold

How To Remove Bathroom Mold

Mold loves living in dark and humid places, and one room in your home that perfectly describes this environment is your bathroom. Unlike a basement or attic, a bathroom is used daily, so it’s important to make sure that any mold growth is removed sooner rather than later in order to prevent you and your…

Cleaning Products to Use to Kill Mold

Cleaning Products to Use to Kill Mold

Household mold is never fun to tackle, but when you do encounter an issue it’s important that you take action quickly. For mold problems that are only apparent in a small space (roughly a foot in diameter or less), we recommend using household cleaning products. Some products are more effective than others at killing mold,…

How to Prevent Household Mold

How to Prevent Household Mold

An estimated 86% of homeowners have experienced mold to some degree. If you’re one of the lucky few that hasn’t yet and would like to keep it that way, here are a few tips and tricks to preventing household mold in the future. Control Indoor Humidity. Be sure to keep your home’s humidity levels to 60%…

How to Repair Moldy Drywall in Your Home

Mold thrives on porous materials because moisture usually collects there, and thus the organisms thrive. Drywall in particular is a favorite dwelling place for mold. For homeowners who have an unpainted drywall (usually found in basements), mold problems are likely to occur. If you have a mold problem on your unpainted drywall, unfortunately it will…

Tips to Preventing Household Mold

Tips to Preventing Household Mold

There will always be some level of mold in every home in the North Shore, but sometimes that level can get out of hand if the fungi is exposed to the ideal living conditions. In order to avoid residential mold problems, Bay State Mold Removal recommends these tips and tricks to preventing mold — because the…

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