Have Mold & Mildew Problems? Here’s the Role Your Windows May Be Playing

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There’s nothing more upsetting and frustrating that having mold and mildew issues in the home. This is the experience of Jeanette, a Norwell area homeowner. “I have two children, one of whom has allergies. Discovering there’s a mold issue with this house did not make me happy, but now it’s my problem to fix. I’ve scrubbed down the walls, used all kinds of products, and just can not keep the mold from coming back. What’s going on?”

Mold and mildew is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted approach to fix. While we aren’t able to speak to every aspect of this concern, there’s one area we are experts in that you need to know about: replacement doors and windows.

What’s the connection between windows and mold? It comes down to a single word: moisture. Mold and mildew need three things to survive and thrive. The first is a warm environment, which you provide by keeping the heat on in your home. (Necessary, if you’re going to live there!) The second thing is something to feed on, like your wallboards and carpeting. The third is moisture: mold and mildew need a damp, humid environment to thrive.

How does this moisture get into your house? Often, it’s through tiny gaps, cracks and other damage in the home’s windows. The older your home’s windows are, the more likely they are to be damaged, although this damage isn’t always easily visible. If there’s any rooms where you can feel a cold draft or watched the breeze outside moving the curtains inside, those windows need to be inspected and potentially repaired or replaced.

Having replacement windows installed in Norwell is one way to eliminate the penetration of moisture into the home. This can help cut off the dampness that the mold and moisture need to thrive. This isn’t a total solution for every homeowner, but it does help contribute to a healthier, drier living environment for all household residents.