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Mold and mildew can grow anywhere, even in the middle of winter. While they can be removed, preventing their growth is a better long-term solution. As one of the leading gutter guard companies in Anchorage, ABC Seamless Siding shares a quick guide on how to prevent mold and mildew growth during the winter season.

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Common Places That Allow Mold and Mildew Growth

It’s important to remember that mold and mildew thrive in warm and humid places. Which means, during winter, you are more likely to find them in heated areas that have a constant source of moisture, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. Mold and mildew may also grow within your home’s ductwork, which is why air conditioning technicians recommend regular cleaning as part of its maintenance routine. The attic is another area that would allow mold and mildew growth if heat and moisture is trapped inside due to lack of ventilation.

How to Prevent Mold and Mildew Growth

The following are some of the things that you can do to prevent mold and mildew growth:

Control sources of moisture in your home — Cold air is a natural dehumidifier, which means most parts of your home would already be inhospitable to mold and mildew spores during this season. However, as we described above, certain areas in your home may have constant sources of moisture, such as steam from the stovetop and from the shower. Proper ventilation in these areas can help flush out moisture and prevent mold and mildew growth.

Address roof and gutter leaks — A humid attic is favorable to mold and mildew growth, which is why it makes perfect sense to address roof leaks before the winter season begins. Another source of moisture is when water infiltrates the roof edge due to ice dams or gutter leaks. Since ice dams are the result of melting snow due to insufficient attic insulation, preventive measures such as making sure the attic is properly insulated, as well as installing ice reduction systems like Helmet Heat®, can prevent moisture infiltration during winter.

Optimize your HVAC system — Keeping up with your heating system’s maintenance requirements—including regular duct cleaning—can help prevent mold and mildew growth in the ductwork. Running a humidifier/dehumidifier system can also help balance your home’s relative indoor humidity levels.

ABC Seamless Siding is one of the leading gutter guard companies serving Anchorage, Alaska, and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (866) 405-8248 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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