Mold can be a serious problem, especially in the wintertime – whenever there is more rain, sleet and snow. Rain can cause leaks – those leaks can saturate into the walls and promote mold growth. Eventually, mold can start to cause a number of problems. For one thing, the spores can start to break down essential structural elements of your home. Mold can also cause a number of health problems – from breathing difficulties to nausea and even death. While dying from mold carries a small risk – there is a huge chance for mold to create some expensive conundrums. Here are five winter weather mold growth prevention tips for homeowners.
- Make sure to seal up leaks in your windows and doors. If you have any perceptible leaks in your windows and doors, you could be experiencing an issue with condensation. Condensation is one of the number one ways that mold proliferates. Combine the hot indoor air and the cold outdoor air and you have a serious problem. So, make sure to seal up these leaks before you start blasting the heater during the winter. You can either hire a specialized technician or you can seal the windows yourself.
- Make sure to re-insulate your attic. Attic insulation is critical in the wintertime. Without insulation, the hot air from your furnace, heater, or even fireplace, can rise into your attic out of your roof. After a snowstorm, this hot air can melt the snow and the water can leak into your home. To prevent this, you want to insulate the attic with the proper insulation for the climate region in which you live. When it comes down to it, insulating your attic is easy and can often be done with minimal construction knowledge.
- Make sure to clear your rain gutters. Your rain gutters can become full of leaves and other detritus during the wintertime. If you don’t clear your gutters, you could be dealing with excess water spilling over and into your home. So, be sure to get on your roof before the winter season really picks up and carefully remove leaves from your gutters. If it is raining, you want to wait until the sky clears up before you get to work.
- Make sure to use a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can be a great tool to use when it comes to mold, because it literally sucks out the excess moisture in the air. You don’t want to suck out all the moisture, but you do want to make sure there isn’t condensation growing on the floors and walls. When it comes to dehumidifiers, you can either use a whole-house dehumidifier or a portable unit.
- Make sure that your furnace is in optimal working condition. Out of all the many benefits of programmable thermostats, being able to control the temperature at different times – and even in different parts of your home – is perhaps the most important, especially when it comes to mold prevention. In the end, you want to regulate the temperature in the air to make it less optimal for mold growth.