Cold cellars are common in many homes and are normally used for storing foods. Although, many people also now use them as storage areas to hold boxes and other items. Cold rooms are a frequent area in the home where we find mold growth. This is because they are located in the basement and are usually not very well insulated or ventilated. Proper insulation and ventilation are necessary to control moisture levels which is the leading cause of mold growth. Cold rooms can be the perfect environment for mold considering the possible high moisture levels along with great food sources such as vegetables or cardboard boxes for storage.
Mold can grow and spread rapidly so it is important to understand how to prevent its growth and take care of any mold problems immediately. Not only will it destroy perishable foods being kept in the cold room but it can grow on just about anything. Mold will thrive on wood, carpet, drywall, and furnishings. If not handed quickly you could end up with a serious mold problem. Mold spreads by releasing tiny spores that are able to easily travel around your home. It is also important to note that mold can be very bad for your health, especially for those who already suffer from respiratory problems.
Most cold cellars are located in the basement underneath the front entrance to the house and most have concrete ceilings. This makes it susceptible to lots of condensation in both summer and winter seasons. In the wintertime, when the door to the cellar is opened and the warm air from the rest of the house hits the cold ceiling and walls, it creates condensation.
This condensed water will build up and begin to create a great place for mold begin growing. You should also have an insulated door and weather-stripping underneath. This is a good way to help prevent condensation.
Ventilation is also needed in order to stop mold growth. The cold cellar should be vented to the outside to promote fresh air circulation. One vent should be placed near the top of the cellar and another one towards the bottom. In the summer months the vents to the outside will need to be closed off to prevent warm, humid air from entering.
Some other tips to keep in mind are avoiding materials such as wood, keeping the door closed at all times and not storing paper products inside your cold cellar. With these considerations, you should be able to keep mold at bay.
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