Mold is found everywhere in the environment and can infiltrate homes through windows, doors and water leaks. This is especially true for basements, which come with unique vulnerabilities that make them significantly more susceptible to mold growth. The damp and moist corners in basements that aren’t frequently trafficked create a perfect environment for mold to thrive. Cold rooms especially are often rarely visited by homeowners, but contain a damp, dark and cold environment that allow mold to flourish. Many people only consider mold growth following a water leak or flooding, but mold can grow anywhere, anytime in areas of your home that are damp and cold. This makes it essential that you frequently check your cold room for mold growth and hire a professional to accurately identify and permanently remove any growth before it can cause damage to your health or home. In this blog post, we are going to address some of the most frequently asked questions related to mold growth in cold rooms, including strategies to minimize mold growth and remove any contamination before it can cause problems.
Can mold grow in my cold room?
The short answer: yes! Mold can easily grow in cold rooms, mainly due to the build up of condensation that creates a damp environment. During the summer months or when air enters the cold room from you heated basement, warm air condenses on cold walls. The resulting condensation then builds over time on the walls of the cold room to facilitate the growth of mold. This is further amplified by the limited ventilation and reduced air flow that are common in cold rooms. If this condensation is left unchecked over time, it can become a serious issue and the resulting mold growth will likely require professional help to remove the contamination and repair any damage. You may wonder why mold growth is such a problem in cold rooms if they aren’t frequented by homeowners. The main issue is that mold growing in cold rooms can ultimately spread to adjacent rooms, including the basement and main house, risking your family developing mold allergies or other respiratory issues. Additionally, continuous mold growth in a cold room can cause structural damage to the home. This is especially dangerous if mold growing on the ceiling is affecting the integrity of the floor above. If structural issues occur as a result of mold, this can also require expensive home repair in the future.
Will cold weather in the winter kill mold growth in my cold room?
Unfortunately, cold weather alone cannot kill mold growing in your cold room. Although cold temperatures can freeze mold, they do not desiccate (dry out) spores and therefore dormant mold can reactivate and continue to grow when temperatures warm up in the spring and summer. Therefore, it is not enough to simply wait for the cold winter months to “kill” your mold, as warm temperatures will return and allow the mold to continue to flourish. The only way to efficiently and permanently remove mold is to hire a professional mold remediation specialist. Certified removal specialists have access to industrial strength cleaning products that can ensure mold is removed and the source of the growth is both identified and fixed.
How can I prevent mold growth in my cold room?
The best way to prevent mold growth in your cold room is to ensure that there is adequate ventilation and air flow. This will help reduce moisture build up and condensation that create the moist environments that facilitate mold growth. Ensuring appropriate ventilation in cold rooms can help improve the overall air quality of your home and prevent any damage that could be caused by mold growth. This can save you significant time, money and stress. The first step to installing appropriate ventilation is to identify any vulnerabilities in the cold room, including air leakage, missing insulation, improperly installed or missing vapour barriers and any sites of moisture or water leakage. These sites will then need to be properly repaired to restore the integrity of your cold room. Next, you need to install proper ventilation in the room to allow air flow and to reduce moisture build up. Overall, this will protect both your cold room and anything you are storing inside of it from mold growth.
Can I remove mold in my cold room on my own?
Unfortunately, homeowners are only capable of removing surface mold using products such as bleach or ammonia. Concrete walls are made using water and can therefore absorb additional water and allow mold to penetrate deep into concrete walls. Removing surface mold may give the appearance of mold removal; however, mold can rapidly return, growing out from mold that is established within the wall. This is true of other porous materials, including wood and drywall. As well, cleaning surface mold will not affect any airborne spores or improve the overall air quality of the room. The only way to ensure that mold is identified and permanently removed is to hire a professional. They will inspect the room to identify all mold and the source of the growth. A professional remediation specialist will then remove all mold, even growth that has penetrated walls, and repair the source of the growth. Following the inspection and remediation, a professional technician will then ensure that the air quality of the room has been restored. This will allow you to feel confident that mold is no longer affecting the structural integrity of your home and won’t be able to spread throughout the house to affect the health of your family and friends.
If you are concerned about mold growing in your cold room, it is important to hire a professional mold remediation specialist. Not only can they remove any mold contamination in your cold room, but they can inspect the rest of your house to ensure the mold has not spread. Even if you cannot see mold growing, it may still be thriving in hard to reach corners of your home or below floors/behind drywall. A specialist can help identify mold growth even in these tough to reach places and help you identify what is contributing to the mold growth, whether that is a water leak, poor ventilation or condensation build up. A trained technician can then permanently remove the contamination to ensure the mold doesn’t cause any further damage.
For professional mold inspection and removal services in the Greater Toronto Area, look no further than Inch By Inch Inspections. With a store location in Vaughan, Inch By Inch Inspections are uniquely aware of the challenges of Toronto-area homes when it comes to mold growth. Our experienced team of technicians are specifically trained to identify mold growing in even the toughest to reach corners of old and new homes. Following identification of mold, we then offer comprehensive services to remove the contamination, fix the source of growth and provide air quality testing to ensure you and your family are breathing the best quality air. If you suspect mold is growing in your cold room or anywhere in your home, trust the experts at Inch By Inch Inspections to restore the air quality of your home. Whether you are looking for an annual inspection or require decontamination of an entire basement, our team can help with any problem, big or small! There is no better time than today to start breathing the best quality air. Visit mold inspection removal remediation for more information on our services or contact us at 416-826-7172 for a custom quote.