Ventilation and Preventing Mold Damage in Winter
Water and Mold Damage
Water damage and mold damage are two very closely related problems. Where water damage occurs mold growth often sets in shortly after. This is closely related to the fact that in order for mold to grow it needs moist or damp conditions. This is why it is important to make sure that areas of your home that involve regular use of water do not begin to grow mold.
Many people are conscious of the dangers of mold growth and take preventative steps during the summer months but do not take the same care to prevent mold in the colder seasons. Although mold growth is much better suited for warmer temperatures, mold can begin to take root in your home even during the middle of winter. The most common areas for mold to grow within your home are places where water and heat are both in daily use. Such rooms include the laundry room, the bathroom and even the kitchen.
Within the laundry room the combination of the washer using water and the dryer constantly raising the temperature of the room this is likely area for mold to grow. It is also important to change clothes from the washer to dryer quickly because sitting damp clothes can begin to grow mold and mildew. An easy way to take steps to prevent mold in the laundry room is to keep the room well ventilated whether it is through the use of a circulating fan or a dehumidifier.
As for the bathroom the combination of water and heat are often found when people take too hot of showers with too little ventilation in the room. Hot showers cause steam to build up all over your bathroom and mold can begin to grow within just about any nook or crack within the room. The easiest way to prevent this problem is to take shorter cooler showers so that steam doesn’t have the chance to develop. If you find yourself too attached to the hot showers in the middle of winter it is a good idea to have a ventilation system built into your bathroom or to crack the door while showering so heat doesn’t build up within the room. With these steps you can avoid mold growth within your home as well as needing to hire a mold removal team.