Mold is something that you come to expect in older basements or in bathrooms, but not very often do you think of windows as a mold growth spot. However, window mold can become a common problem for many homeowners. Mold on your windows can not only damage wooden window sills, but it can potentially pose health risks. We broke down what you need to know about window mold, and what to do if you come across it:
What Causes Mold on Windows?
Although mold does not usually grow on glass, it is commonly found between the window panes, along wooden window sills and frames, and along window tracks. Often, mold growth in these areas is a result of not dusting windows regularly along with moisture buildup from humid or wet weather. Dust buildup can quickly block the ventilation of windows, and create an ideal environment for mold growth.
When this dust accumulates where the frame meets the glass, those small crevices are good spots for mold to grow, along with the moisture and humidity coming in from the outdoors. This moisture can also accumulate in between the two window panes and cause condensation, cloudiness, and eventually cause mold to grow, making it appear as if there is mold on the glass.
How Can I Prevent Window Mold?
The best way to prevent mold growth along your windows is to make sure the area is clean and dry. Dust around your windows regularly to prevent buildup. Also, make sure that your windows are properly sealed and insulated to prevent excess moisture from getting inside and creating an environment for mold growth. Reducing the level of humidity in your home can also be helpful, by keeping it cool and the summer with fans or an air conditioner, and using a dehumidifier.
What Should I Do If I Discover Window Mold?
In mild cases, small amounts of window mold can be removed using household detergent. You can apply it to the problem area, and then scrub it with a brush. You can also use a small amount of bleach to get rid of the mold. Be sure to wear appropriate protective gear, including a face mask and rubber gloves, as black mold can be dangerous.
However, if you find there is a large amount of mold, or it is in areas that are difficult to remove, it is best to contact a professional mold remediation company. They can remove all of the mold effectively to prevent damage to your windows or health problems due to mold. They can also provide tips on making sure the mold doesn’t return.
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