5 Tips for Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home This Winter

Oftentimes, when we think of mold being in our homes, we tend to be focused on how unsightly it is. After all, no one wants moss-like looking patches in the bathtub, on their floors or walls. But there’s another reason why it’s important to put forth a concerted amount of effort toward preventing a mold infestation: your health. Not only can mold lead to allergic reactions (because there are some people who are actually allergic to mold) but also serious infections including lung infections and in some cases, even damage to your central nervous system.

And so, since mold usually develops in environments where there is a lot of moisture and the winter season is when there is quite a bit of rain, snow and ice, we wanted to provide you with five effective ways to prevent mold growth in your home this winter below:

Conduct an energy audit. Definitely one of the first things that we recommend you do is conduct an energy audit. The reason why is because by performing a thorough inspection of the rooms in your house, you will be able to check for things like air and water leaks. And being that leaky pipes can lead to mold, you want to be able to get those things repaired just as soon as possible. For details on how to do your own energy audit, visit Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit” in the search field.

Inspect your roof. If you notice some water rings on your ceiling, that could be the sign that you have some roof damage. So it’s important to inspect your roof for missing shingles or broken flashing at least twice a year. We recommend hiring a professional roofer so that if they do notice an issue, they can immediately repair it.

Seal up your windows. One place where moisture is bound to come in is through windows that are not properly sealed. If you happen to have some double-pane windows, this shouldn’t be too much of a concern. But, if you don’t, look to see if you have any small holes and cracks around your windows. If you do, fill them in with some caulking. Something else that you can do is purchase some weather-stripping from a local home improvement store. That will help to seal your windowsills too.

Service your HVAC unit. In order to keep the rooms in your house feeling as comfortable as possible, you’ll probably be using your HVAC unit a lot. Being that it can also have water leaks, it’s important to ask a licensed technician come over and service it bi-annually. For an HVAC unit to work well, air filter importance is not the only concern. A technician will also look for clogged ducts, faulty wiring and condensation too.

Install some exhaust fans. Two places in your house that tend to have the most humidity (moisture in the air) is your bathroom and kitchen. That’s why it’s important to have exhaust fans in each of them. If you turn them on while you’re taking a shower or cooking, it will significantly reduce the humidity in the air. Speaking of removing humidity, it’s also a good idea to get a dehumidifier for your basement too. If you run these daily, it’s a surefire way to keep the air in your home dry while lowering your chance of developing a mold infestation inside of it.

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