Winter is going to find you spending time in your home more than ever. From bad weather to holiday guests, you, your family, and your friends will be spending more and more time indoors. Because of this, it’s important that your home is free from toxic mold spores, especially mycotoxin-carrying molds such as black mold. Wintertime is home to several ways your home can become filled with moisture and water damaged materials – a perfect breeding ground for toxic mold and mildew.
Winter Attics and Poor Ventilation
During the winters your home is sealed up tight against the cold with everyone on it. This leads to major humidity and condensation. In most homes, this moisture travels up into the attic. In a properly vented attic, the vents allow this extra humidity to escape, but in many circumstances, this venting is not adequate, and condensation will build up in the attic. This water moisture will allow molds and mildews to grow in your attic and insulation, especially an issue if your attic isn’t inspected regularly.
Another issue related to your attic that can cause massive water damage to your home are ice dams. The heat radiating out from your attic can melt any accumulated snow on your roof. This water runs down to the edge of your roof, which isn’t being heated by your attic. This causes the water to freeze again, trapping water behind it in a dam. This trapped water is then forced through the roof, causing massive water damage into the rooms below, which in turn can lead to mold and mildew growth in hard-to-reach places like wall insulation.
Frozen Pipes and Snow Melts
Two other concerns are most likely to affect your basement over your attic: in an uninsulated basement, frozen water pipes are a big concern, a concern that can lead to burst water pipes. If you encounter water stoppages, make sure to turn off your water main and investigate quickly to avoid flooding. Likewise, if a lot of snow and ice have built up around the base of your home, a sudden rise in temperature can lead to a basement-flooding snowmelt.
If you experience water damage this winter and think you might have mold, check out our blog on How to Tell If You Have a Mold Problem and then contact Fiber Control, Inc. We’re mold remediation experts and can also investigate older homes for signs of asbestos and lead.