Does Interior Mold Grow in the Winter?
Do you think you can let your guard down on interior mold during winter, when doors and windows remain closed? Here’s why NYC mold removal should still be a concern even when temperatures drop.
Winter = Moisture
Water is an essential ingredient for the growth and survival of mold. Winter rain and snow create an abundant source of moisture, and since warm indoor air can’t escape, condensation develops on windows and other surfaces.
Other winter activities help set the stage for interior mold:
• Meals tend to include dishes requiring more cooking such as soups and stews. As steam collects from stoves, ovens and dishwashers, kitchens become a danger zone for mold.
• Bathrooms are a traditional site for mold, and hot showers and baths during winter months boost the moisture content.
Tips to Prevent Winter Mold
• Make sure chronic problem areas such as kitchens and bathrooms have adequate ventilation.
• Immediately shut off water flow to broken or leaky pipes and repair as soon as possible.
• Reduce humidity by heating the building, then open doors and windows temporarily, allowing damp air to escape.
• Add insulation in the attic to keep warm air from rising to meet the cold roof, resulting in condensation.
• Have the roof inspected for damages.
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