Is That Mold on Your Windows?
During the winter season we experience not only a chill, but also dampness in the air.
With the cold air outside and the warm air inside, with our homes closed up tighter, and our furnaces running, many of us are plagued by foggy windows or even worse, wet windows, better described as condensation.
Condensation can accumulate only in a small area on the window, or it can cover it completely, either way, condensation is a warning that there is too much moisture or humidity in your house.
We all know that too much moisture encourages mold growth.
Mold on your windows
If you have noticed little black spots appearing on your windows, obviously you’re seeing mold. When mold grows on non-porous surfaces such as glass and tile, it’s relatively easy to remove.
But if you’re seeing condensation and mold growing on your windows, chances are it could be growing in other places, places that are not so easily cleaned and it’s more difficult for mold remediation.
Why do homes get condensation?
- Older Homes are prone to condensation because they weren’t built as well as homes are today…they aren’t sealed up as well which causes drafts. The cold air from the outside enters the home, mixes with the warm humid air of the inside and the the water vapors turn to liquid.
- Newer Homes, because they are built better and “tighter” than older homes are less drafty, so you would think that would solve the problem. But actually the lack of draft can contribute to condensation. The moisture in the home is basically trapped because the home is so tight, and when you cook, use moisture creating appliances or showers, excess moisture is created with no where to go.
So whether you have a new home or an older home, it’s possible to have mold growth due to condensation.
Steps to control condensation:
- When you’re cooking, always run your ventilation fan.
- Also run the ventilation fans in the bathroom when showering or bathing.
- Turn your humidifiers off during the winter.
- Check to make sure both the attic and crawl space of your home are well ventilated.
- Open your fireplace vent periodically to give excess water vapor an escape route.
If you have a mold problem, the best way to insure its total removal is to call a qualified mold inspector and solutions provider to test and remove properly and thoroughly.
Mold Solutions is a full service mold solutions provider, who can remove the threats to your health and safety caused by mold.