Does Keeping Windows Open Help with Mold?
Since inadequate ventilation is a key factor in mold growth, it is reasonable to assume that keeping windows open will help with mold in your home. But does it actually help? And, if it does, is it an effective way to combat mold growth or get rid of it? CLEAR Restoration is here to give you the facts and answer the question, “Does keeping windows open help with mold?”
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Why Keeping Your Windows Open Helps with Mold
Okay, let’s answer this big question that’s been eating away at all of us; does keeping windows open help with mold? – Yes, in the right conditions. Since mold spores thrive in warm and damp environments, keeping the windows open can help prevent mold by letting excess moisture flow outside. When moisture is low in your house, mold cannot grow.
While keeping windows open can help with mold growth, is it the most effective method? Opening windows is one of the most effective methods to control areas prone to mold growth, like a kitchen or bathroom. However, if there is already significant mold growth, like mold spreading from one area or room to another or a patch of mold bigger than a few feet, you will want to call a mold abatement company. CLEAR Restoration will assess the damage and restore your home.
[Related: When to Call a Mold Remediation Specialist]
When Opening Your Windows Does Not Work
Keeping your windows open to help with mold growth does not always work. Humidity plays a significant role in mold growth. Opening your windows won’t help if humidity is above 60% outside as that moisture-filled air would enter your home and create the perfect environment for mold. Opening the windows during a storm could also invite mold and mildew in your home, as the moisture would produce a thriving environment.
As stated earlier, if you have a severe case of mold in your home, you should contact a mold removal and abatement company to help get rid of it. If there is visible mold growth, about an area greater than 10 square feet, you will need mold remediation services because keeping the windows open won’t be enough to get rid of the mold if it’s already growing. Contact the professionals at CLEAR Restoration to remove the mold and repair any damage.
How You Can Reduce Mold Without Opening Windows
Sometimes keeping the windows open to help with mold just isn’t enough, and you need to take other preventative measures to keep the mold at bay. Here are a few tips to combat mold growth:
- Use a dehumidifier
- Fix and clean any leaks you find in your home
- Make sure there is proper ventilation in your home
As long as you have adequate ventilation and you clean up moisture from spills or leaks, you should be able to manage mold in your home. If you notice significant mold growth in your home, contact CLEAR Restoration. Call us at 225-245-3575, and we will take care of the mold and return your home to normal in no time!