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Common Winter Mold Questions

 

The spring and summer may be more common months for mold to appear in the home, but winter also has its own various mold problems. The presence of mold is a year-long issue because mold doesn’t disappear in winter. Homeowners should keep an eye on mold growth in their homes, even during the cold months. Here are a few common winter mold questions that homeowners have every year. 

Does winter kill mold? 

It would be optimistic to think that mold will simply die in the winter. Unlike other plants and organisms that can’t stand up against the cold weather, mold doesn’t wait for the perfect environment; rather, it will grow and spread at just about any time of year if everything is right. 

When temperatures drop to below freezing, mold spores go dormant. This means that they don’t die; they are more in a hibernation state. Once the weather warms up again, they’ll start to grow and spread. 

Does mold grow in call temperatures? 

Mold is a Hardy Organism and not too picky about its environment. In fact, it only really requires three things: plenty of moisture, enough food, and the correct temperature. Different molds have different requirements for what is ideal for them. A few mold types even thrive in the winter months, and you’ll see more growth when the temperatures drop. However, most types of mold prefer a warmer environment, usually between 65 and 85 Degrees Fahrenheit, which, you’ll notice, is about the same temperature that humans prefer. Since most homes are set at around these temperatures, mold is a common problem. During the winter months, when humans crank up the heat, mold can still grow. 

Why does winter mold appear on windows? 

As we mentioned above, in order to grow, mold needs a lot of moisture. During the fall months, when there is generally a lot of precipitation, condensation can collect on the inside of the windows. If the air in the home is too moist, the water won’t evaporate and will sit and collect in window panes and door frames. 

This moisture that is allowed to collect then becomes a perfect damp environment for mold growth. To keep winter window mode in check, keep an eye on the ambient humidity in the home, use ventilation in the warmer months, and manually dry the area with a towel if needed.

How can I prevent mold growth in the winter? 

Because of the presence of a lot of moisture in winter, the cold months can prove to be encouraging mold growth. If you live in an area that is particularly susceptible to mold, here are a few tips to prevent mold from growing in the winter in the 1st place.

  • Keep an eye on the humidity in the home. Ideally, homeowners should keep the level below 50%. 
  • Use mold and mildew cleaners that are specifically designed to get rid of these organisms. Pay specific attention to the bathroom and kitchen. 
  • Remove any damp clothing, carpet, or rugs. Check inside closets for any kind of moisture presence and remove any damaged clothing. Check the bathroom and kitchen rugs to make sure that water has not been collected. 
  • Don’t forget to use ventilation when you are cooking or showering. Removing steam is essential if you want to keep humidity low and mold growth to a minimum. 

Do you have additional mold questions?

If you’ve detected mold in your home this winter and need some assistance, contact the professionals at Moldguys Restoration. With the right equipment, materials, and experience, they’ll be able to get your home mold free in no time.

How to Prevent Mold During Construction

Not only is mold annoying to deal with, but it can also become dangerous if it isn’t handled properly. Unfortunately, mold can easily form during construction. If your home or building is undergoing construction anytime soon, you’ll want to take all necessary precautions to prevent mold.

How to Prevent Mold During Construction

Moisture is the main factor causing mold, so reducing moisture is key in preventing mold. While there are a variety of factors that can contribute to moisture, like humidity, rainwater, and season, you can take some precautions to reduce the moisture. The two most important aspects of preventing mold during construction is the storage site and construction site.

Keep Materials Dry in Storage

The storage location is very important in preventing mold during construction. The location where you are storing materials should be dry and covered. Try to store materials under a sturdy roof and at least a few feet off of the ground. As moisture may be in the air, you can utilize plastic sheets to help keep the materials dry. In the case that the materials do get wet, make sure that they dry properly before using them. If your environment is particularly humid, consider using a dehumidifier. Finally, try to limit the number of time materials will be stored. If you can have materials delivered right before they need to be used, there is a lower chance they will get moldy.

Properly Prepare and Choose Construction Site

Both location and materials in the construction site are integral in preventing mold during construction. Moisture causes mold, so ensure that the construction site is properly equipped to handle any moisture, especially if you are in a particularly humid environment. Additionally, the construction site should have a high water table and drained land so that rain and snow can be redirected away from the site. Finally, do your due diligence on the materials used in the project. For example, subfloors are less likely to grow molds than other materials, but if left exposed for a long time, they definitely can still get molds. Awareness of how materials react to the environment and moisture is very important.

As you can see, reducing moisture is incredibly important in preventing mold. But, sometimes you’re faced with the inevitable. If you do find mold in the construction site, we can help with mold removal. The moment you notice the mold, get in contact with Moldguys for restoration services. Fill out a form online or give us a call at 781-910-5029

Recent Mold & Water Remediation In Walpole MA

The Moldguys crew has recently completed a huge job in Walpole MA. This job entailed 3 full apartments that had suffered from water damage over 2 years ago. After 2 years of water damage the entire property was covered in dangerous mold making the apartments unlivable. Our crew came in and gutted the whole thing from floor to ceiling removing all the mold and making the apartments livable once again.

Water damage on your property can cause major issues as seen here in this Walpole property. Water is the main source of mold, without moisture mold cannot grow and thrive but when you introduce a water source your property can become a breeding ground for mold. And left unattended your home can quickly become infested with damaging mold. Mold can begin to spread through a property in as little as 48-72 hours producing allergens and irritant that have the potential to cause other health effects.

If you notice water damage in your home or business do not wait, your home or property could end up needing a total gutting like these apartments in Walpole MA. The quicker you call the less mold will have time to grow and spread throughout your property. The Moldguys crew will come to your home and fix the issue including repairing water damage & removing any and all mold growth.

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