Many homeowners don’t think much about mold until they notice an infestation—but prevention is far easier and less expensive than mold remediation. There are many places in a home where mold can thrive, and learning what they are and steps you can take to stop mold in its tracks is an important part of home maintenance.
One such spot is window sills. Since the area is exposed to moisture, it easily turns into a breeding ground from mold.
Mold gets a hold on wood window sills when moisture builds up around the window. There are many sources of moisture, including rain, humidity, or even steam from the cooking or the shower. Whatever the source, if the moisture lingers, it provides an environment perfect for mold growth.
Once mold does take hold, it causes airborne impurities and, if left untreated, can even cause the wood window sills to rot. While you may be able to clean some mold with bleach and water, that won’t be effective on mold that has penetrated the wood. That’s why it’s important to act fast at the first sign of mold.
How to Prevent Mold Growth in Window Sills
Ideally, homeowners take steps to prevent mold, so they won’t have to worry about remediation. If your home has wood windows, here are some steps you can take to keep mold at bay:
- Install an Exhaust Fan in the Bathroom and Above the Kitchen Stove: Exhaust fans eliminate some of the moisture that may settle on your window sills.
- Install a Dehumidifier in Areas of Your Home that are Damp: Damp areas, such as basements, are especially prone to mold growth in the window sills.
- Keep Doors and Windows Closed When AC is Running: Condensation builds up where cold air meets warm air, so keeping doors and windows closed as much as possible can help.
- Wipe Away Condensation: While going through your home and wiping away condensation can be a hassle, it’s another effective way to prevent mold.
Consider Upgrading Your Windows
While the above tips can help, if condensation and moisture regularly collect on your window sills, the best way to combat it is to upgrade your windows. Quality replacement windows seal more tightly than outdated windows, so there is less opportunity for condensation to build up.
Alenco expertly installs premium Sunrise windows that deliver impressive style, energy efficiency, and durability. We make it easy and affordable to update to quality windows that don’t require constant maintenance and that add value to your home.
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