Winter is rapidly approaching, and with it comes rain and snow that can lead to excess moisture in your home. Mold thrives during the winter, particularly in dark, moist areas of your home. Make sure you follow these steps to prevent mold from forming and affecting the air quality of your building this winter.
The easiest way to prevent mold from forming is to make sure all areas of your home are kept clean throughout the winter. While showering, cooking or running hot water for long periods of time, make sure you have exhaust fans running until the excess moisture has evaporated, usually for at least 30 minutes. If you notice a leak forming, make sure it is repaired immediately and stop the water flow to prevent dripping and stains. Before the temperature drops dramatically, make sure to check your attic insulation as well as your basement. Damaged or weak insulation can lead to colder temperatures throughout your home, leading to your pipes freezing and even bursting. Checking your basement for water can lead you to any problems that may be forming in your foundation, which can be fixed in order to prevent a very expensive repair. As leaves begin to fall and collect throughout your yard, make sure you periodically go through and clear out your gutters. Blocked or clogged gutters can lead to problems draining water away from your home, leading to mold forming inside.
After A Storm
After a heavy period of rain or a flood, check your home for damage or mold immediately. If you notice wet carpeting or any areas that are beginning to form mold, contact a professional mold removal service immediately. A professional will be able to go through your home and disinfect your home from any airborne spores already released. If your home is very humid, take measures to reduce levels quickly to prevent mold from settling by opening windows and turning on dehumidifiers. Remove standing water as quickly as possible using wet-vacs and fans.