Mold in Cold Weather | SERVPRO of South Bronx
If you have a mold issue in your home, it's not going to matter if its June or January. If there is a food source and a moisture source mold can grow.
In the colder months, homeowners/business-owners can be faced with different situations that could potentially create mold growth in their homes or businesses. The situations that can cause mold growth in the winter are: frozen pipes, improper insulation, pipe bursts, ice damming and more. Here are tips to help prevent these winter-related issues that may result in mold growth:
- Make sure all gutters are cleaned out to help prevent ice damming
- To help prevent mold in attics, make sure the attic is properly insulated to help prevent condensation.
- To help prevent mold in crawl spaces, make sure any pipes running through the crawl spaces are insulated to help prevent pipe bursts. Also, if there are vents to the outside, close those vents during winter months.
- To help prevent mold in basements, run dehumidifiers in the basement, even during the winter. (Anytime the relative humidity exceeds 50-55%, there is enough moisture in the air for mold to grow.)
- Make sure bathroom exhaust fans are working properly when you are taking your hot, steamy showers.