If you have ever lived somewhere up in the north, then you have probably experienced some harsh winters. Along with the cold that chills you to the bone, these harsh winters also bring in a lot of precipitation, especially snow.
Excess water around your house can build up and find its way into your home. Things like this, combined with increased heat in the house, tend to create a dangerous breeding ground for mold.
Mold can wreak havoc on your home, your personal belongings, and your personal health if not addressed. Read on to find out what you need to keep mold at bay during winter.
Reduce Humidity and Improve Air Circulation
If you have a considerable amount of excess humidity in your home and no dependable system for air circulation to decrease that humidity, you might be more susceptible to the growth of mold. You should always make sure you have a way to remove excess moisture.
One of the best ways to ensure that you are decreasing humidity in your home and increasing the air circulation is to have a reliable HVAC system (heating ventilation and air conditioning). If your HVAC system needs repair or maintenance, never be afraid to reach out to a professional to help you. If you are looking for a new contractor, My Trusted Contractor is one example of a site where you can go to get matched with the best person for the job.
Watch Out for Leaks
Leaks are the silent and hidden killer of homes when it comes to dangerous mold growth. Some leaks are fairly noticeable and can be addressed quickly. The longer you wait to address a noticeable leak, the more potential water damage your home might incur. Waiting will also lead to more moisture in the air and building, leading to more mold.
But then the question presents itself: what about the leaks you don’t notice right away? The thing about leaks is that they can be really small sometimes, almost imperceptible. In addition to this, sometimes leaks are in places that are not regularly seen or may be hidden.
Some common areas where small leaks can build undetected include spaces like under kitchen and bathroom sinks. If you suspect there might be a leak somewhere, it never hurts to err on the side of caution and check it out. Do regular walk-throughs of your home, especially in the attic or basement spaces where water can come through the roof or flood in from underneath your home.
Exhaust Fans Are Your Friends
If you don’t have any exhaust fans installed in your home, you might want to consider implementing some. Exhaust fans are another handy way to remove excess moisture in rooms.
They are typically located in rooms in your house that would produce a lot of moisture, such as the kitchen from cooking or the bathroom from hot baths and showers. When you do use exhaust fans to remove moisture, a good rule of thumb is to leave the fans on for 20 or 30 minutes. You can also wipe down excess moisture on surfaces with a cloth.
Pay Attention to Flooring and Storage
Some surfaces in the home are more likely to be a breeding place for mold than other surfaces. For example, when it comes to the flooring in your home, thick carpeting in a room might attract more mold than say, hardwood flooring.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t have any thick carpeting in your home. But it does mean you might want to consider being strategic about it. For the rooms that have many entryways to the outside, you might want a harder surface accented by area rugs as opposed to a whole carpeted room.
When it comes to storage, store your important personal belongings in a safe space away and make sure they are protected, especially for items that might attract mold more easily such as books and clothing.