Atlanta winters: how to keep mold at bay
In much of the country, mold goes dormant when winter temperatures settle in. Atlanta’s humid climate, however, offers the perfect breeding ground for mold spores and the resulting sicknesses this fungus can inflict.
To keep your family healthy and safe, here are a few measures you can take to keep mold away:
Dry out damp surfaces
Mold grows where excess moisture lies. Keep surfaces in your home clean and dry so mold will not have a place to settle in and multiply.
Keep humidity levels low
Certain parts of your home are naturally susceptible to mold growth if you do not put proper protections in place. When you are cooking or taking a steamy shower, crack a window to allow for optimal ventilation. An exhaust fan can also help facilitate the free flow of air so moisture is dried up quickly.
Fix leaky plumbing
Leaky plumbing is often the cause of huge mold problems. When ongoing leaks go unattended to, the surrounding surfaces stay damp, thus inviting invaders from various mold families to settle into your home. Even a single leaky faucet can lead to big problems, both in terms of health and repair costs. To remediate damages before they escalate, it is important to have an expert assess your situation right away.
Spread a moisture barrier in crawl spaces
Underneath your home, an entire micro-environment exists where humid air and temperatures that are just warm enough come together, creating the perfect place for mold to make colonies. Polyethylene is an excellent product that will help create a barrier between your crawl space and the world above. It creates a layer that stops humid moisture from rising into your home, which would otherwise encourage mold growth.
There are plenty of places in your home where mold could reside. If you suspect you may have mold in your home, it is imperative to contact mold remediation experts right away to ensure that the health and well-being of your family are preserved. Our team at Atlanta Air Experts is standing by and ready to help. Schedule an appointment with us right away!