As the cold winter months approach, many are concerned about high humidity and what it means for their homes. More precisely, they’re worried it may lead to mold growth and put them and their families at risk.
In the sections that follow, we’ll go over everything you need to know about mold during winter, including how to combat and prevent it. Let’s get into it!
Most types of mold need high humidity and warmth to breed successfully. Therefore, mold growth is more likely during summer than at the peak of winter.
With that said, there are a couple of mold species that have adapted to colder temperatures. Examples include Cladosporium, Alternaria, and Penicillium, all of which can thrive in temperatures as low as 32°F (0°C).
In winter, mold will usually hide inside your walls, making it a lot more difficult to find. However, the usual telltale signs will still be there, including:
- A musty, earthy smell;
- Cold-like symptoms in you and your family, such as stuffy noses, wheezing, and red and irritable eyes;
- Difficulties breathing and allergic reactions.
If you notice any of these, it’s important to look for mold right away so that you can start working on removing it as soon as possible.
No matter the season, proper ventilation is the best way to keep your home free of mold. So, make sure to check your humidity levels regularly and adjust ventilation whenever necessary.
In addition, you should inspect your home for any leaks and possible water damage every autumn. That way, you can fix anything that’s amiss before winter starts and stop the mold before it even begins breeding.
In case the winter is already in full swing and you notice mold growth on your walls, ceilings, or furniture, contacting a professional remediation service is the best way to go.
For one, they will have the equipment necessary to remove the mold quickly and efficiently. Plus, they won’t put you or your family at risk of any injury, as they will handle everything in your place.
Another point in favor of hiring pros is that they will ensure the mold is completely eradicated. Thus, your home will be a safe haven once again, and you’ll have an easier time keeping the mold away in the future.
If you have any more questions about mold or you’d like to schedule an inspection for your home ahead of the new season, give us a call. Your Mold Solutions is here for all your mold-related troubles!