While summer creates excess humidity that can contribute to mold growth, winter can also produce water damage that helps mold take root. Winter is actually one of the worst times in the year for mold to grow and expand throughout the house. Excessive moisture in winter can be caused by water damage, plumbing leaks, humidity, and condensation.
During colder months, condensation is one of the main culprits of mold growth. It can be found on and around windows because it occurs when moisture in the warm air inside the home liquifies upon contact with the glass that is drastically cooler.
Minor condensation won’t lead to long-lasting damage and mold growth as long as it is taken care of routinely. If the dampness is left to accumulate, the wood and drywall around the windows can absorb the moisture, allowing mold to take hold.
Condensation can also occur on surfaces such as walls in the bathroom and kitchen, which is why proper ventilation is important in these areas. Here are a few other ways to keep mold at bay during the winter months:
- Keeping the indoor humidity level below 40 percent
- Remove possible mold sources by cleaning regularly
- Repair any leaks as soon as possible
- Use exhaust fans when cooking or showering to reduce excess moisture build-up
- Avoid storing paper, books, or clothing in the basement
As soon as mold is found, call the team at All Star Plumbing and Restoration right away. The faster we can get to work on the mold and water damage, the less deterioration is possible to the home. If the source of the mold is not dealt with properly, mold will continue to come back, so calling a professional to eliminate mold and water damage is the best option.