Keep Your Heat On While You're Away!

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This photo reminds us what can happen when pipes freeze and later burst. In this case a home was on the market for sale when the furnace was inadvertently turned off. When temperatures rose, the pipes burst and mold grew quickly throughout the home. The lack of ventilation only added to the problem.

If you're headed out of town this holiday season, be sure to keep your heat on - even if it's a lower temperature. In his book, the Homeowner's Guide to Mold, author Michael Pugliese suggests a minimum temperature of 64 degrees to avoid condensation on the walls.

To see more photos of the mold growth in this home, and to learn more about the potential for mold growth, see momsAWARE's  Understanding Mold Growth.

For more suggestions on preparing your home for your absence, see Popular Mechanic's 7 Things to Do Before You Leave for Vacation.