As temperatures drop into the lower digits, homeowners tend to stop thinking about mold and begin to think about cold weather issues that can arise. But, it is important to note that mold can occur in the winter as well as the more humid months. Even though mold thrives in warm, damp climates, moisture is actually the key to its existence and it can get out of hand during any season.

In the winter, moisture is caused by a number of things. Plumbing leaks, leaking roofs, indoor humidity, condensation, and water damage are all contributor to it. If there is condensation in or around your windows, it may seem harmless. However, it is one of the biggest contributors when it comes to moisture. Moisture occurs when the warm air inside of your home liquified upon hitting the colder glass of the window. High humidity increases this process because of the extra moisture in the air. Of course, minor condensation will not always lead to a problem, but it is important to dry the surfaces of your windows regularly to keep condensation from accruing and being absorbed by the wood and other surfaces around the windows. Mold feeds on these organic items and can develop in under a day!

Winter mold is the same as mold during any other time of year when it comes to treatment. Keep your home?s humidity level under control. This may mean investing in some dehumidifiers if you find that your house is still humid after preventative measures have been taken.

Most household molds can be treated with store-bought cleaners and a bit of elbow grease. The first step after finding mold in your home is to clean it up. Then identify what caused the mold. If you clean it up without identifying the problem, it will occur again.

If you find that mold keeps returning after all of your efforts, or that you or your loved one are falling ill quite regularly, it is time to call in the professionals to do a mold test and take care of the mold in the home. They will work diligently to ensure that all mold has been cleared out and that the problem that was causing it has been mitigated, or at least addressed, so the proper routes can be taken to fix the underlying issue. With their help, mold will be gone in no time, and you can go back to living a healthy life within the walls of your home.