Can mold really grow in the winter?
If you’re familiar with the basics of mold and mildew growth, you know that mold and mildew alike require similar conditions to grow. They like warmth, moisture and condensation, and something to feed off of- carpeting, upholstery, or even insulation. The winter is often a time that is cold and dry, so is there even anything to worry about? Let’s find out!
Winter mold factors
There are still things that can add to the risk of mold, even when the weather outside might not always reflect that.
- Heat running that increases the ambient temperature indoors
- Humidifiers adding additional moisture
- Snow and rainwater constantly tracked into the house or potentially dripping inside
- Busy schedules that make it difficult to keep track of looking out for mold growth
- Less sunlight during the day, which is a natural mold deterrent
- Pipes are at risk for cracking and leaking, which introduces water inside
Preventing winter mold growth
The best practices for keeping mold from growing in the winter are the same as throughout the year. There are just a few things that need extra special attention during this time. Avoiding excess moisture, keeping air circulating, and observing the weather conditions are always important. But what can you add during the winter to make sure that mold is kept at bay?
- Watch for water trickling in from frozen gutters or seeping into the basement level
- Be careful with humidifier use- try not to exceed the 40-60% range
- Keep an eye out for condensation on windows or even walls
- Keep outdoor gear and clothing stored in a garage or vented entryway so that water doesn’t build up
If you have questions or concerns about mold growth this winter, reach out to the Flood Medix! Our team will be happy to help you get things figured out and keep your home clean and fresh all year round.