Of course, there is never a good time for Calgary homeowner to discover that they have a mold problem, and experience has taught us that mold can form any time there’s moisture inside the house. We may be at an especially-high risk this year, though, as predicted record snowfalls this season could lead to more mold problems than usual.
Why should low temperatures and heavy or frequent snowfall lead to mold? There are a two important reasons:
First, snow can lead to moisture seepage. This is an easy one to understand. A snow melts, it can make its way into cracks and crevices in your roof, eventually dripping down into your home and creating a good environment for mold spores and colonies. Mold is already in the air all around us – all it needs is a bit of moisture inside your home to help it grow.
Second, snow and ice can damage rooftops and other surfaces. In other words, the more winter he whether we endure, the more likely you are to have the kinds of cracks and damaged that allow moisture into your home. Mold is best caught early, so be vigilant if you see signs of damage on your roof.
Very few Calgary homeowners heard about the prospect of record snow in 2014 and thought it meant great news. But, aside from the annoyance of shoveling and the hazards of driving in wet or slick conditions, remember that the real danger might be to your home. After all, it only takes a little bit of moisture to form mold, and once it takes root inside your house it won’t go away without professional help.