Winter Mold Prevention Tips

Owning your own home means you have to learn a lot about how to protect it and keep it in good
condition for years to come. From natural disasters to a leaky pipe, there are so many events that can
cause damage to your house. Like a faulty foundation or broken gutters, the presence of mold in the
home requires immediate attention, especially if preventative measures weren’t taken. Keep reading for
tips on how to prevent mold from showing its ugly face in your home this winter.

What is Mold?

Mold is a ubiquitous type of fungus that you’ve probably seen a lot of times in different circumstances.
It’s pretty common in the kitchen when food is left out in the open air. Bread, cheese, and fruits are
highly susceptible to mold since mold feeds on organic matter. Moistures is necessary for mold to thrive,
so almost any area in your home that gets wet can breed mold, from carpets to furniture to your
ceilings.

Mold spreads by emitting spores into the air. These spores are tiny and practically invisible, so you don’t
usually know when you are breathing them in. Mold and their spores are common allergens, so the
presence of mold in the home can cause all sorts of respiratory problems.

Preventing Mold Growth

When it comes to mold, prevention is key. Mold can be hard to get rid of once it takes hold, so here are
a few tips that will help you prevent it from getting in or getting worse.

1. Dry your home

Moisture is the number one ingredient to getting a mold problem. In the winter
this can be a big issue because of condensation. This occurs when the warmth of the indoors
meets a part of the home that touches the cold outdoors, such as the windows. You’ll probably
notice water droplets on the windows occasionally. If you see this, dry them up or you could face a windowsill mold problem.

2. Insulate

Just how condensation can gather on windows, it can also form on the inside of your
walls if you aren’t careful. If the interior of your home’s walls doesn’t have good insulation, they
touch both the outside cold and the inside warmth. This is more troubling because mold can
grow inside the walls, which requires a more in-depth removal process.

3. Ventilate

Proper ventilation will help with controlling moisture in the home, so don’t be afraid
to turn on the extraction fans in the bathroom or in the kitchen. Additionally, try turning your
ceiling fans on reverse mode, which will push the hot air from the ceiling down the walls and
past the windows, drying them out.

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