Winter Mold – Several factors lead to increased concerns about mold during the winter months. Moisture conditions indoors can lead to the growth of molds and mildews. While it’s true that forced heating systems make indoor air drier overall during the winter months, certain areas of the home may experience intensified levels of humidity because of a lack of ventilation. Bathrooms and kitchens are particularly susceptible to this problem. Steamy showers in small bathrooms spell trouble, as does the accumulation of steam from washing dishes and cooking in the kitchen. Because of cold weather, windows aren’t usually open, and condensation collects on indoor surfaces such as cold walls or windows and their frames, often creating ideal conditions for mold allergies in winter.
Outdoor exposure is also common during early winter months when piles of leaves collect and absorb moisture. Cold, damp air promotes mold growth in many additional outdoor locations during this time of year as well. Winter Mold thrives in dead vegetation and is not killed by winter frosts. In fact, many molds can become dormant during the winter only to grow on plants killed by the cold when springtime arrives.
Any disturbance to an outdoor mold source, such as can occur when raking leaves or tending to a compost pile, disperses mold spores through the air, exposing individuals to varying levels of mold inhalation. So, whether you’re indoors or outdoors, mold allergies in winter can be a problem that cannot be overlooked.
Winter Mold identification is not always easy. Anywhere that water may sit and stay for a while can be an opportunity for mold growth. Even the steam from your shower can be a mold concern. Check your window seals for condensation and possible peeling of paint. This is normally a moisture problem that can lead to mold.
When trying to clean up mold yourself, you need to be cautious to exposure. Be sure to wear an allergy mask. If the mold issue is greater than expected, it is best to call in a professional mold remediation company that has the right equipment and can remove the mold without any hazard to you and your family.
We at ServiceMaster Restoration by The Griffin Company are experts in handling your mold problems here in Mobile and Baldwin County. We are backed by the ServiceMaster brand that is known nationally as a leader in handling mold issues. Any time of day or night that mold becomes a major concern please do not hesitate to call us at 251 473-7766. Please visit website at www.servicemasternow.com to learn more about us.