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3 Tips to Stop Mold & Mildew Growth in the Winter

3 Tips to Stop Mold & Mildew Growth in the Winter

3 Tips to Stop Mold & Mildew Growth in the Winter
Winter may not seem like the season for mold and mildew problems, however it's actually a perfect time for mold to flourish. A winterized home provides an ideal mold environment due to heat, organic materials including newspapers and cardboard boxes, and moisture from appliances such as dishwashers, dehumidifiers and showers.

Winter may not seem like the season for mold and mildew problems, however it's actually a perfect time for mold to flourish.

A winterized home provides an ideal mold environment due to heat, organic materials including newspapers and cardboard boxes, and moisture from appliances such as dishwashers, dehumidifiers and showers. Internal temperature is between 60 and 80 degrees F in most homes, making it easy for mold and mildew to grow. Combine these factors with water damage and you've got a serious mold problem!

Mold and Health

Mold and mildew can have a serious effect on health, especially if left unchecked for a long period of time. Allergy symptoms due to mold growth include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Three Tips for Reducing Mold and Mildew during Winter Months

  • All-purpose ventilator: Using an all-purpose ventilator in your attic or crawlspace will help reduce the chance of mold and mildew growth.
  • Clean: Clean your home regularly to prevent mold growth and remove other indoor allergens, such as dust and pet dander. Vacuum often, especially if your home features carpets instead of hardwood floors. You may also want to consider removing carpet in favor of hardwood flooring and washable rugs. Also utilize mold-killing cleaning products such as white vinegar, as its acidic content destroys mold on contact.
  • Leak repair: Check for any leaks in your home and repair them as soon as possible. Look for leaks in your kitchen and bathroom(s) as well as the basement, window and attic/crawlspace.

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