Winter Mold Risks
August 19, 2019 Comments Off on Winter Mold Risks Uncategorized Ben Fetzer

Harsh winters cause a lot of damage to residential and commercial buildings, and those damages can be worsened if mold is allowed to grow. This is why it is important to identify vulnerable spots on your building and inspect these areas whenever inclement weather poses a threat to the water resistance of your structure.

1. Skylights

The seals around skylights or any rooftop interruptions can always be compromised. Especially if snow is allowed to rest on the seams for too long, they can become brittle and leak. Today’s skylights are not the leaking monsters of 30 years ago, but they are still opportunities for water entry, so they must be checked.

2. Flashing

If a deep snow occurs, and your rooftop is not cleared, snow may render your flashing useless, and it may even hold in some of the water. Flashing around chimneys or walls should be checked, and snow removal should be considered if there is a deep snow.

3. Foundation

If you aren’t walking around your building or home a few times a year and checking the foundation, you could be in for an undesirable surprise when the wet weather starts. Check for cracks or any areas where water could get in, or you’ll have mold later.

4. Basement Windows

When it comes to basement windows, there are two common possibilities for water damage and entry into the edifice. One is drainage, and the other is the window seal. If snow covers the windows, you have to make sure all of the seals are in working order, and make sure the window mounting is secure. If the window is in a well, then you have to make sure the well has proper drainage or that there is enough an overhang from the roof that water won’t get it.

5. Below Grade Doors

Below grade doors are similar to basement windows as far as water damage goes, but proper draining of a stair well will likely involve actual drains or gutters directing water away from the area. Make sure these items are clear prior to any weather starting, so you can depend on them working properly.

Winter is not as much of a mold risk as it is a moisture risk, which will lead to mold if left undetected for too long in the warmth of the indoors. These areas may seem fairly apparent, but even if one is a surprise, then it was worth listing them here today. It isn’t what you know but rather what you don’t know or don’t think of that increases your risk for mold.

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Ben Fetzer Ben Fetzer, is the founder and owner of Fresh Start Restoration of Kansas City. He is passionate about informing and educating you the customer. By providing you with insider industry information, he empowers you with knowledge and tools to properly compare companies and spot unethical sales practices. Which unfortunately is far too common in the mold remediation industry. By sharing stories and providing professional tips he gives you the ability to make the right decision for your mold problem! Ben is an experienced mold expert with over 15 years in the cleaning & restoration industry! He has received official training and certifications from the IICRC, ICRA, and NORMI. His history of high integrity and superior quality has made him a leader in the remediation industry. Thereby giving customers outstanding customer experience! Which has resulted in a long history of consistent 5-Star customer ratings since the company began in 2008!