How to Prevent Mold Growth in the Winter


It's wet and snowy outside, and moisture can easily make its way into your home via an outdated roof, clogged gutters, and more. Unfortunately, one of the worst byproducts of moisture in the home is mold. Mold is four letter word that raises concern with most homeowners, and prevention is typically top priority. If you're worried about mold growth during the holiday season, here are the ways that you can prevent damage to your home:


It's wet and snowy outside, and moisture can easily make its way into your home via an outdated roof, clogged gutters, and more. Unfortunately, one of the worst byproducts of moisture in the home is mold. Mold is four letter word that raises concern with most homeowners, and prevention is typically top priority.

The reality is that there is no season for mold growth. It can occur any time of year, including the winter. If you're worried about mold growth during the holiday season, here are the ways that you can prevent damage to your home:

Promote Good Air Circulation


Mold will flourish in moist environments, and one of the ways to prevent it from growing in the first place is by promoting good air circulation. Be sure that you use an exhaust fan while you shower, wash the dishes, or cook. Over time, steam from showering or cooking can eventually promote mold growth.

Insulate Your Pipes

It's no secret that Fort Wayne experiences frigid temperatures during the winter. During the coldest days, freezing temperatures may cause pipes to burst. This promotes water and excess moisture, which can quickly turn into mold growth if you aren't careful.

As a preventative step, be sure to insulate your pipes if you believe there is potential that they may freeze and burst. This will give you peace of mind knowing that there is one less source to worry about in terms of mold growth.

Protect Your Crawl Space

When it comes to preventing mold, you don't want to forget about crawl spaces in your home. Be sure to spread moisture-barrier materials over the soil. You can use heavy roofing paper or plastic film made from polyethylene. You'll also want to make sure that there is proper ventilation within this space and do not enclose it if possible. You may need to consider using a fan to blow out humid air.

Clean Out Your Gutters


If you haven't taken the time to clear out leaves from your gutters, there is no better time to act than now. Clogged gutters can cause foundational issues that promote mold growth, and you don't want to risk the chance of debris costing you a lot of money for mold removal.

The Keys to Winter Mold Growth Prevention: Keep Your Home Clean and Dry

The most effective ways to prevent mold growth overall is to keep your home clean and dry. Untreated mold issues can cause a variety of health issues, so it's important to act fast. The winter months can certainly be wet here in Fort Wayne, but it pays to take the time to promote good air circulation and keep your home as dry as possible.


 

Chris Jarvis