Steps to control moisture and mold growth during the warm summer months is crucial with high heat and humidity but it’s also important during the winter months. Homeowners need to keep an eye on seasonal sources of moisture and take steps to control or eliminate them:
Air conditioner drain pans can overflow and cause water damage.
Condensation caused by high indoor humidity or overly cold indoor surfaces can create condensation on windows which can also damage window sills.
Outdoor sprinklers set to allow the spray to hit walls of the home can cause water to enter through cracks in siding or down into the foundation and into the basement.
Unvented kitchen and bathroom moisture can create high humidity and increase the likelihood of mold growth.
Clothes dryers that vent indoor or wet towels and clothing left to dry indoors can increase humidity as well.
Ice dams occur during the winter months when a ridge of ice forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off of the roof. Water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
Frozen pipes occur when temperatures remain below freezing for extended hours. Exposed pipes can be at risk of shattering, leaving homeowners faced with high plumber charges and no water for an extended period of time. The key to protecting your pipes is to keep the cold wind and air off of them. Once pipes burst thousands of gallons of water can quickly cause a lot of water damage to your home.
These moisture sources can be as dangerous as the typical leaks, spills and flooding that most home owners need to recognize as potential breeding grounds for mold. Mold causes a hazard wherever it grows indoors, so homeowners need to be vigilant about controlling indoor moisture and humidity.