This winter is predicted to be warmer than the 30-year norm. A warm winter means we will see a rise in mold and mildew growth. Maxons wants you to be aware of this and check for both mold and mildew on a regular basis to protect you home.
Mold growth is attributed to three factors: moisture, warmth and organic material. Unfortunately, in the winter months, these three factors often increase in the home. Moisture levels rises in the home during daily activities such as the dishwasher, showers and cooking. A warm, moist home and organic materials such as building materials and household items being stored create an environment for mold and mildew to flourish.
How best to prevent mold and mildew in your home?
- Properly ventilate the attic and crawl spaces in your home.
- Vacuum and clean regularly to remove possible sources of mold growth.
- In portions of your home that are susceptible to moisture, use area rugs or washable floor surfaces.
- Repair water leaks in the roof, windows, or any other part of the home.
- Clear refrigerator drip pans regularly.
By keeping the attic space closer to ambient temperature, condensation will not occur on the underside of the roof. Additionally, with active air flow the moist air traveling into the attic from exhaust fans and household activities will be rapidly pushed outside.
Keep your home and its inhabitants healthy throughout the winter months.