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Our Experts Explain Where You Can Find Mold Damage In Your Bourbonnais Home This Winter

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

If efforts to reduce interior moisture during the winter fail SERVPRO of Kankakee County can help remediate mold damage in your home.

Unanticipated Places For Winter Mold Damage In Your Bourbonnais House

Bourbonnais homeowners can be surprised with the news that mildew or mold has invaded spaces inside their homes during cold weather. Musty smells or dark staining signal mold problems that can shock, but might be easily explained by experts wise in the ways of microbial growth. Our team has seen countless examples of winter fungal growth that befuddle property holders. We point to the causes and offer solutions.

Mold damage in your Bourbonnais home is not inevitable. It happens when excess moisture lingers long enough for mold spores to absorb it and begin a cycle of growth and multiplication. Spores are always present indoors and out. It is the availability of water in some form within your home that encourages the growth that leads to damage. We can help you discover moisture sources you might fail to anticipate could lead to mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians know any season can expose your home to the possibility of mold damage. Cold weather and a wintry mix of icy rain and snow support mold growth if your gutters clog with ice dams. Heat leaking out of your attic, melting snow and ice into liquid water, soaks into the building materials in your attic. Mold grows and moves down walls, eventually migrating to living areas. Clearing gutters in the fall, sealing heat leaks, and upgrading insulation can all help break the thaw and freeze cycle.

Dry air during the heating season should inhibit mold growth, but the arid conditions are irritating to human respiratory systems. SERVPRO finds winter mold damage in rooms where vaporizers or humidifiers raise airborne water vapor levels. The moist air condenses on colder walls, providing perfect conditions for opportunistic molds to take hold. Maintain indoor humidity levels lower than 60 percent to discourage mold.

Winter fun tracked in on boots and jacket can cause damp areas in mud rooms or hallways where snow and ice melt and drip. Wet rugs and piles of gloves, mittens, scarves, and socks offer organic nutrient sources needed for mold growth. The SERVPRO team recommends hanging clothing and switching out wet rugs for dry. Fans and heaters can reduce humidity levels to inhibit mold growth.

If efforts to reduce interior moisture during the winter fail SERVPRO of Kankakee County can help remediate mold damage in your home. Call us at (815) 935-0077 to schedule an evaluation.

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