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How To Prevent Mold Growth In The Winter

How To Prevent Mold Growth In The Winter

The wet, winter months provide mold with one of the best opportunities to grow and spread. Often mold is contained near water sources where it can easily grow and reproduce. Mold can not only effect your health, but damage your home as well!

Prevention can help keep your lungs healthy and house strong. Here are a few tips on how you can help stop mold from infecting your home:

 

General Maintenance:

  1. Keep it clean.
  2. Make sure there is good air circulation. Use an exhaust fan or open a window when showering, cooking, or washing the dishes.
  3. Shut off water to broken appliances and pipes.
  4. Replace cracked or defective mortar in basements. If you find that your basement is wet or has water leaking into it, inspect the outside drainage systems.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity by heating for a short time. After heating, open up the doors and windows, or use an exhaust fan, to let out the moist air.
  6. In freezing temperatures, insulate pipes inside and out to be sure they won’t crack or burst.
  7. Make sure the seals on windows and doors are in good condition.
  8. Make sure the ground around your house slopes away from the foundation, so water does not penetrate it.

After Flooding or Heavy Rain:

  1. Lower the humidity and temperature. Open up windows if the air outside is less humid than the air inside. Otherwise, turn on an air conditioner and a dehumidifier.
  2. Call Ace Mold Proof. We can help in the cleaning and disinfecting of your home from toxins and spores mold can release.
  3. Dispose of moldy items in a sealed bag. Objects that can be saved should be frozen (which deactivates mold) or dried out.
  4. Make sure your house is well ventilated.
  5. Remove as much standing water as quickly and safely as possible after disconnecting all electronic equipment.

Key things to remember:

  1. Keep everything clean.
  2. Keep everything dry.

Many simple steps can be taken to prevent mold and water damage during the winter months. If you need help, give Ace Mold Proof a call. Our team of professionals can quickly ensure your home is safe, dry, and mold-free!