If you think mold and mildew hibernate during winter, think againThe winter, despite cold temperatures in much of the country, is not a mold- and mildew-free season by any means.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
If you associate mold and mildew stains with the summer months, you'd be correct. The hot and humid weather provides a perfect environment for rapid mold and mildew growth.
The winter, however, despite cold temperatures in much of the country, is not a mold- and mildew-free season by any means.
In fact, the development of mold and mildew stains can actually be intensified during the winter.
The worst case scenario is mold that silently grows behind a wall, under flooring or above acoustical ceiling tiles.
The jury may be out on what the health effects of certain types of mold are, but the fact is that there is usually a point of origin, and mold growth is a fairly slow process. For those concerned about mold and mildew stains, here's a simple, four-step plan that should be followed all year long:
1) Inspect - Look for early signs of mold and mildew in places such as basements, shower areas, walls that house water pipes, ceilings, etc.
2) Repair - Fix plumbing leaks, drain clogs, roof leaks or poor bathroom ventilation that can encourage mold growth.
3) Remove - Treat emerging mold and mildew thoroughly with a powerful cleaning product such as InstaGone Multi-Purpose Stain Remover.
4) Restore - Once mold and mildew stains have been treated with effective cleaning solutions, let the area dry thoroughly, apply a mold resistant primer and repaint the area.
The use of long rubber gloves, non-vented goggles and a chemical respirator to limit your exposure to mold are recommended. If you have an area of mold larger than three feet by three feet, have severe allergies or have been experiencing symptoms such as headaches and difficulty breathing, it's best to avoid the health risk and call a certified mold remediation specialist immediately.
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