Tips for Mold Prevention During Iowa Winters

Tips for Mold Prevention During Iowa Winters

Wait a minute. Isn’t mold growth more of a warm-weather problem?

As people turn up the heat and spend more time indoors, the combination of frosty temperatures outside and wet snow tracked inside contribute to conditions that are ripe for mold.

Once mold takes hold, it germinates quickly. In its many forms, mold can be challenging (and potentially hazardous) to remove.

Steamatic of Dubuque wants you and your family to stay safe and healthy this winter. As such, we offer suggestions to help avoid any fungal growth.

A little prevention goes a long way.

Why Does Mold Love the Winter?

There are many reasons why mold appears during Iowa’s coldest months.

  • Warm indoor temperatures enable mold to grow.
  • Fresh air helps prevent mold. Unfortunately, most Iowans aren’t leaving their windows open in December, January, and February.
  • Closing doors on colder rooms disrupts your home’s airflow, enabling mold to flourish.
  • People use their humidifiers more during the winter months.
  • Wet boots, jackets, and gloves leave wet spots indoors.
  • Window condensation is a major culprit of mold.

Not only is mold nasty to look at, but it has potentially dangerous. It’s a health risk for anyone with asthma or any other respiratory disease and can lead to breathing difficulties. Even without a preexisting condition, mold spores can cause sore throats, itchy eyes, and severe cold-like systems.

What Can I Do?

If mold is an issue in your home, Steamatic of Dubuque is available to answer any questions.

Even if you haven’t had any problems with mold in the past, it doesn’t hurt to follow the following suggestions:

  1. Make sure the relative humidity level in your home stays below 60% (as recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency).  Steamatic recommends having at least one dehumidifier in your home.
  2. Remember to use your exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. Leave them running for at least 20-30 minutes after you’re done.
  3. Wipe away any condensation you see forming on windows.
  4. Mold is attracted to cardboard. We suggest using sealed plastic bins for storage instead.
  5. Move beds and sofas away from outside-facing walls to permit greater airflow throughout your home. Mold loves dark nooks and crannies.
  6. Don’t store firewood inside your home. Stacked logs may look nice, but moldy firewood is a hazard. Never burn it.
  7. Visually inspect your home for signs of damage. Attics and gutters are susceptible to problems after a heavy snowfall.
  8. Vacuum your carpet often. Be on the lookout for any green, white, or black discoloration near the walls.
  9. Keep your curtains open to help prevent condensation.
  10. Clean your dryer’s lint trap every time you do laundry.

Oh No, What Is That Black Stuff?

If you find mold in your home, you’ll need to deal with it immediately. Should you have any reservations, Steamatic of Dubuque specializes in mold remediation for homeowners.

Special precautions need to be taken whenever mold is involved. Our experts know how to prevent the spread of nasty mold spores. Professional cleaning ensures your family’s safety and your property’s protection.

Contact Steamatic of Dubuque today for service and advice.