Winter Mold Removal in Toronto
Mold growth can happen all year round - even during the winter. In fact, we do just as many mold removals in Toronto during the cold months and that we do during the heat and humidity of the summer, which is when most people expect mold to be at its worst. So what causes mold growth in the winter, and why should you get rid of it?
Causes for Winter Mold Growth
There are many reasons why mold grows indoors, but here are a few of the most common problems that we find:
1. Added indoor humidity
Many furnaces have humidifiers attached, which can help relieve some of the symptoms of the dry air that winter causes. But it’s important to have the humidity balanced at 50% - many people turn it higher, which feels nice but is often the cause of mold growth. When heated, moisture-laden air touches something cool, like exterior walls, windows, or the roof, condensation forms, which can then sustain mold growth.
2. Sustained temperature
When we’re heating our homes, the goal is usually a stable, even temperature that keeps us comfortable. The problem is that what’s comfortable for us is usually comfortable for mold as well! Any new mold infestations then have a perfect environment in which to take hold.
3. Symptoms are missed
Many of the common symptoms of mold growth are similar to the common cold and flu, like a nasal drip, headache, sneezing, and coughing. This makes it difficult to differentiate the cause of your symptoms and can lead you to feeling sicker for longer.
4. Windows and doors are improperly sealed
Moisture from blowing snow, ice, or rain often finds its way into your home through windows and doors with old or damaged seals. At the start of the season, it’s a great idea to make sure your windows are sealed properly and locked shut - they may only look closed, and that tiny space is all water needs.
The Danger of Mold Growth
While mold growth can certainly cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home, the main benefit of having a mold inspection in Toronto is to your health. Mold affects both the inside and outside of your body in many different ways and can have a severe effect on your respiratory system. Making sure that your home is mold-free will help you have better skin and hair, let you sleep better at night, and feel more energized and awake.
Work with MoldTech to Get Rid of It!
Mold growth is a problem that should be taken seriously regardless of the time of year. Even though the winter isn’t usually considered the growing season, mold can, and does, grow at very low temperatures close to freezing. While the rate of infestation may be slower, removing mold growth now may really help you in the future. To learn more about mold removal in Toronto visit MoldTech’s website for a free visual inspection.