Mold and mildew growth are real concerns as you go into the winter months and are not just a spring, summer, and fall problem. Because of the build-up of moisture inside your home's closed up environment, this can easily lead to condensation and moisture on surfaces that does not dry out as quickly as it needs to to prevent mold growth. Here are some tips to help you keep your home free of excessive humidity, mold, mildew growth, and how to clean it up and remove it properly for a safe home environment.
Prevent Winter Mold Growth
Wintertime is usually a time when the outside temperature falls to cold temperatures and remains there for weeks and even months at a time. For this reason it is not a common practice for you to open up your home's windows to air out the interior as you do during the beautiful weather of spring through fall. Because of this practice, it is common for condensation to form on the windows, around the ceilings, and bathroom fixtures along with many other areas in your home you may not be aware of.
Once this condensation sticks around, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Mold needs warmth, moisture, and a surface to grow up. All of these elements are present during wintertime and high home humidity.
But you can eliminate and fight the condensation to prevent mold growth by turning on bathroom vents after showering or run the stove vent in your kitchen during and after you cook. You can also turn on a home dehumidifier to run in your home or in specific rooms of your home to pull excessive humidity from the air. Or you may have a home heating system or ventilation system that has a dehumidifier system to pull moisture from the air.
Inspect and Clean Up Growth Immediately
When mold growth occurs in your home, it is important to clean it up immediately so you can prevent damage to your home's surfaces and adverse health effects with your household. Talk to a mold remediation specialist about removing mold completely from your home with a professional cleaning service. They will be able to clean off mold from a variety of surfaces and materials, in addition to removing damaged materials from your home that are not salvageable.
For example, drywall and insulation that has mold growth throughout should be removed and bagged up for proper disposal. Your mold removal professional will also be able to seal off your home during the removal to protect against mold spores traveling throughout your home.