Does your home breath? It might seem like a weird question, but the circulation of air into, around, and out of your home is a critical part of the wellness of your home and everyone in them. Normally, between open windows, AC, and house venting, airflow comes into your home and avoid leading to air recirculation and dead air zones. However, in winter, your home can easily become locked down, leading to higher humidity, a lack of fresh air, and mold growth causes.
Locating Winter Problem Areas in Your Home
There are several places – especially during the winter – that can be problematic when it comes to airflow, humidity, and mold growth.
- Attics and Roof Vents: Hot air rises in your home, which can lead to the attic trapping hot air filled with humidity that condenses on your colder roof ceiling.
- Humidity in Your Home: Humidity generators like bathrooms and kitchens can hit critical mass when there’s not enough airflow or ventilation.
- Checking the Basement: Winters can also make unfinished basements cold, leading to the same condensation, alongside more traditional water seepage.
Note that winter is also the time for several times of water damage, including ice dams, burst pipes, and snowmelt flooding. Check out our blog, Winter Water Damage and Mold Growth, for more details.
Avoiding Mold Growth Causes Through Better Ventilation
To solve these problems, it’s important to attack each issue. Make sure your HVAC systems are pulling air from the outside. Make sure your roof vents are open and not clogged by ice and snow. Think about running a dehumidifier in problem areas, and to keep doors open internally to promote good airflow. Good ventilation will also help with sick building syndrome by avoiding a buildup of poor air quality.
Dealing with Mold Growth in Winter
Either as part of dealing with the water damage or after the mold has been detected, it’s important to get the mold removed. Small patches can be removed manually, but to contain the spores or for larger or more dangerous types of mold, you may need to bring in specialists who can contain the area and remove the mold safely.
Here at Fiber Control, Inc., we practice mold remediation and removal with the same attention to detail and rigorous safety we do for Asbestos and Lead RRP. If you need assistance with identifying and removing mold in your home or business in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or beyond, contact us today. Want to learn more about mold? Check out our companion article, Controlling Home Mold Growth in Winter.