Winter Mold Prevention
In our previous post, we discussed the importance of checking for signs of water damage, excess moisture and mold development after winter storms. Mold is not merely a spring and summer issue. Snow and ice challenge your home’s drainage systems and can lead to unexpected flooding and mold issues. Rain and humidity do not disappear during the winter months. In Raleigh, winter often brings excessive amounts of rain and even notable severe weather events.
Winter weather in Raleigh is unpredictable from one year to the next. Homeowners must be vigilant against the development of harmful mold in every season.
Common Winter Mold Issues in Raleigh
Though winter is not necessarily as humid as spring and summer, in Raleigh, we often experience heavy rain, wind and snow. With our houses sealed tight, mold may develop in the spaces in our homes prone to excess moisture. Areas in your home especially prone to moisture and mold development include:
- Basements and crawlspaces, due to poor airflow and persistent groundwater.
- Under sinks and around kitchen appliances such as dishwashers and ovens.
- Around showers, sinks, and toilets in bathrooms.
- Near windows and pipes where condensation develops.
- Outside around gutters and areas where water does not drain properly.
Tips for Preventing Mold Development During Winter
Though there is no formula guaranteed to prevent mold development, homeowners can take measures to lower the chances of encountering it. Though this list is not comprehensive, following these tips will help guard against mold for the remainder of the season:
- Inspect for Leaks: Leaking water pipes and appliances are among the primary culprits contributing to mold development. Have active leaks repaired immediately.
- Clean Mold-Prone Areas: Mold hides in dark, damp areas of your home. Make sure mold-prone areas are clean and unobstructed so mold has nowhere to hide from you.
- Dehumidification: Utilize dehumidification systems in areas in your home prone to excess moisture. You may even consider installing whole-house dehumidification.
- Look for Condensation: Mold will develop on window sills and areas where moisture collects due to condensation. Whenever you see it, soak up condensation with a dry rag. If it occurs frequently, your windows or doors may require inspection or replacement
- Clean Your Gutters: When gutters become clogged with debris, water drains unevenly from your home, contributing to mold development outside.
- Outdoor Drainage: Water draining toward or into your crawlspace or basement may cause mold to develop under your home. If there is frequently standing-water collecting in your yard, especially around the foundation or basement of your home, consider having the area inspected.
- Sealed and Conditioned Crawlspace: Having your crawlspace insulated, sealed, and properly conditioned can significantly reduce the occurrence of mold.
What to Do If You Have Mold
Regularly inspecting for mold is key to protecting your family and property. If you do discover mold, don’t panic! Assess the damage and determine if you can make necessary repairs for more information about DIY mold repairs, read this article. If you can, identify and correct the source of the moisture. Do not hesitate to contact an expert. Remtech has decades of experience identifying and remediating mold in homes and buildings.