6 Ways to Prevent Mold in the Winter
Basement mold that occurred during winter.
During the winter homes do not get any circulation of fresh air or drying out. That is how most homeowners prevent their homes from coming moldy. However, there are many different ways to prevent mold from forming in your home in the winter. Here are six ways to prevent winter mold.
1. Increase air circulation and reduce humidity
One cheap and simple step to reduce moisture is to use fans and open windows. By increasing the air circulation in rooms, cold air is less likely to condense in nooks and crannies.
2. Keep an eye out for leaks that can let excess moisture
Watch for leaks in common areas such as windows, exterior-to-interior doorways, and the surrounding areas by swamp coolers and skylights.
3. Repair Any Leaky Area Immediately
Mold and mildew can grow at a rapid pace. The longer you leave a leak unattended, the more likely you are to experience mold and the damage that comes with it.
4. Limit the Possible Areas Where Mold and Mildew Can Grow
Since fungi thrive on quick-to-decompose items such as books, piles of loose papers, or boxes of clothing, use strategy when storing these items.
5. Take Care to Keep Entryway Flooring Dry During Wet Weather
In rooms where moisture is a problem, area rugs and other washable floor surfaces are preferred over wall-to-wall carpet, if possible.
6. Use Exhaust Fans in the Kitchen and Bathroom
Boiling water and taking steamy showers provide your home’s environment with plenty of moisture. Make sure not to slack when it comes to turning on exhaust fans, including the one in your oven’s hood, which can help reduce condensation formation.
SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly wants to make sure all homeowners are preventing mold growth in their homes for the winter.
Heating Your Home
Wood burning fireplace.
With the nights getting colder, winter is fast approaching. Heating your home increases the chances of a fire starting. With the fireplaces and space heaters the number one and two way to start a fire in the winter. Here is some information about fireplaces and space heaters to prevent fires from starting.
Winter is a notorious time for house fires and it is vital to have working fire alarms around the house to alert everyone, but one of the main culprits is faulty fireplaces. The best way to prevent a disaster is having a professional properly inspect it. If your flue or chimney are blocked by debris or contain cracks or leaks, inadequate venting can occur, and toxic fumes may seep into your home. An inspection lets you know that everything is in safe working order. Always make sure your fireplace is out and cooled before going to bed.
In an effort to help cut energy costs or to accommodate roommates many people use space heaters. Space heaters are an excellent way to warm up cold rooms or provide extra heat. Space heaters can also be hazardous if not used properly. Never leave a space heater unattended especially when children and pets are around, and don’t place it near drapes, shades or bedding. If your heater is more than a few years old, replace it with a new model that has more current safety features such as tip-over protection. This way it shuts off automatically if it happens to fall over.
SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly wants everyone to take the right steps to prevent house fires from happening.
Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal
Drywall covered in mold.
Many people believe that mold remediation and mold removal mean the same thing however, they are different. Mold remediation is the removal and treatment of the mold, so mold does not regrow in the area. Mold removal is just the removal of mold. Mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours once water gets into your property. Mold spores flourish wherever there is moisture. These spores can rapidly grow into colonies when exposed to water. Sources of moisture or water must therefore be addressed before mold remediation can start, or else the mold may return. Mold remediation is something that SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly specialists in. When SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly goes out to a mold job, we want to make sure that all the mold is removed and treated properly so it doesn't come back.
Preventing Tree Hazards
Fallen Tree on a House.
Tree hazards should be a main focus for homeowners. Falling trees can cause major damage to houses. There are aspects to look for as a homeowner that will prevent tree hazards from happening. The first aspect is age. Tree age is important in hazard tree management. Every tree species has an inherent life span. Risk of failure increases with age. Another, aspect is the roots of the tree. Root integrity and health cannot be over emphasized. If the roots are damaged in any way, tree vitality and health are affected and the likelihood of failure increases. The probability of failure increases as the amount of the root damage increases. The final aspect is observing the trunk. If there is any fungi on the tree have it removed. Fungi can increase decaying of the bark and will increase the chance of a falling tree. These aspect will help to prevent trees from falling on top of houses. However, tree hazard are unpredictable. If a tree hazard was to happen to your home contact SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly for any tree hazards that happen.
Burst or Leaking Pipes
Leaking Pipe in a Basement
Bursting or leaking pipes is one of the most common ways that houses get water damage. Drains and toilets that get backed up and blocked can cause undue pressure in the pipe, which then causes it to burst or leak. Garbage disposals that aren’t working properly are another common reason for pipes to burst, as are roots that grow in the yard into the sewer lines. Old or rusty pipes are also more prone to leaking. If your pipes do burst and cause water damage call SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly. They will come and fix the damage fast and efficiently, so everyone can get back to there regular lives. SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will make sure that the room looks like it did before the water damage happened.
Here are some ways to prevent any of these situation from happening in your home.
- Ensure that any outside taps and piping including drain pipes for heating or overflow pipes are insulated. You can use insulating lagging or foam to do this but make sure you do not leave any joints, bends or taps exposed. For outside taps fitted covers are available.
- Any piping that are in unheated areas such as lofts, basements and garages all need to be lagged with good quality pipe lagging.
- Any pipes buried in the ground outside such as pipes to garages or sheds need to be buried deep enough and/or lagged.
- Insulate your cold water tank, this is so often forgotten and can be the major cause of Burst Pipes.
- Leave your heating on at least 12 degrees centigrade at all times throughout cold spells. This will keep the system warm enough not to Burst Pipes and the water flowing.
- Fix any dripping taps or existing leaks before the cold spell. Many Burst Pipes happen because of leaks.
Electrical Outlet on Fire
Electrical fires are the most common fires in houses. They also are one of the hardest fires to put out due to the constant charge that the electric gives out. Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electricaloutlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. The amount of electrical fires increase in the months of December and January due to the increase of heating appliances and the increase of lights used. Therefore, to prevent this disaster from happening use newer appliances and make sure that the outlets in your house are updated. If this disaster does happen SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will clean and restore your house back to the way it was. SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly will make sure your house looks like nothing even happened.
Schools Exposed to Mold
School Ceiling With Mold Damage
With the second week of September almost over. All schools should be in full swing of the school year starting. However, there have been many incidents of mold being discovered in schools delaying their start date. The biggest concern of mold is that it can impact the health in students and teachers. Therefore, it is wise to get your schools treated and eliminate the mold from all the schools. Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Call SERVPRO Burlington/Mt. Holly for all your mold problems.
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Preventing Water Leaks During the Fall and Winter Seasons
An ice dam built up in this gutter causing it break away from the home, and leaving it open to water leaking in.
Imagine leaves falling, or the first beautiful snow fall of the season. While these may be some wonderful sights of nature. They could also become problems for your home. First off when the weather gets cooler, we will all see the leaves begin to fall from the trees. Most of which make it to the ground. While some get trapped in the gutters of homes. Left unattended, gutters and drains will become clogged. Leaving nowhere for water to flow, and could potentially leak into the house . The same of which can go for snow an ice. If snow is melting and than refreezing. It could be causing ice dams to build up, and doing further damage to the gutter. Ice dams put weight stress on gutters. Which then could also pop up shingles, an this leads to water damage to the roof, and ceilings in the home. So its always important to have your gutters properly cleaned and secured. Especially before the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Just know that if any of these problems do occur, SERVPRO is ready no matter the damage or weather!
Space Heater Safety
Always keep objects at least 3 feet from your space heaters
With colder weather on the way, many people will be bringing out their space heaters. An if you don't take the right safety measures, they can be a huge fire risk. Space heaters are the second leading cause for house fires in the United States. Up to 65,000 house fires a year are started from these heaters. Here are some safety measures that should be taken when using a space heater.
- Inspect the heater for any broken plugs,and loose or damaged wires.
- Putting your space heater in the proper place is very important. Make sure its 3 feet away from any furniture, clothing, paper, rugs, or anything that can burn
- Whenever leaving the room make sure to turn off the heater.
- Keep out of high traffic areas to prevent a tripping hazard, or possibility of knocking it over
- When not in use, unplug and store in proper place
From all of us here at SERVPRO. Have a enjoyable and safe fall and winter seasons!