Before winter begins, it’s a good time to get a jump on winterizing your home. The sooner that you winterize, the sooner you can enjoy the season and your home’s warmth. Winterizing prepares you for the cold and wet months. It also protects you against mold growth. Mold grows best in wet climates and your home in the winter may have the heat and moisture that mold needs to grow.
Keep Indoor Areas Clean and Well Ventilated
Prevention is easy! In several steps, you can have a mold-free home all winter long. First, make sure that you keep all areas clean. Mold feeds on dust. Good air circulation can help too. When you’re showering or cooking, make sure that you open a window or use an exhaust fan. In addition, make sure that you turn off the water to any broken appliances to ensure that you don’t have to deal with water damage.
Winter Tips To Keep Mold Away
When it comes to winterization, you want to make sure that moisture can’t get into your home. If you need to replace cracked or defective mortar, now is the time to do it. If you need moisture-barrier materials in your crawl spaces, you should make that investment. While you do not want to close off your crawl space, you do want to make sure that the humid air doesn’t linger.
If you have any roof damage, ask a roofing contractor to help you cover the roof with a tarp or tent until you can do proper repairs in the spring. Every seal on your windows should be in good condition and your roofs and gutters should be clean of debris.
The Bottom Line: Indoor Moisture Leads to Mold
The best thing to do to fight against mold is to keep the humidity and temperature down in your home. Mold thrives in warm and moist environments.