Time for cooler weather AND Time to check for Mold and Mildew.
While many fall days are 65 degrees and bright sunshine, there are many 50- and 60-degree days with moist air and little sun. These conditions can make a perfect breeding ground for mold. Patio furniture, fallen leaves and other decaying debris are big red flags for mold conditions. And remember– mold doesn’t die in the winter.
- Here’s some helpful hints to keep mold at bay during the fall season.
- Move fallen leaves and other fallen debris away from the outside walls of your house. Mold spores feed off warm, moist organic materials.
- Clean your gutters and check your downspouts. Gutters that are clogged are a prime location for mold growth.
- Clean your patio furniture BEFORE storing it away for the winter.
- Check your plumbing. Cold weather can comprise the integrity of your pipes. Cracked or leaky pipes can create moist areas that can linger for years without you knowing.
- Keep an eye on the humidity levels in your home. Humidity levels are high in the Midwest so purchase a dehumidifier.
- Clean up any spills or standing water IMMEDATELY. Sinks, showers, and tubs are especially vulnerable.
- Keep air circulating. Use an exhaust fan or crack a window when showering, washing dishes or cooking.
Taking these precautions will go a long way to preventing mold and mildew.