How to Protect your Property from Mold
The purpose of mold is also the cause for its unfavorable reputation, to breakdown and decompose. In some ways we need mold; molds transform fallen leaves, plant debris and decomposing animals into nutrients for new growth in nature. Mold has many advantages outside but should not be welcomed inside. Mold’s bad reputation stems from how quickly it can grow and spread out of control, damaging buildings, belongings, and health.
Mold’s bad reputation stems from how quickly it can grow and spread out of control, damaging buildings, belongings, and health.
Mold only needs a few drops of water to breed and multiply. The most effortless way to defeat mold is to eliminate indoor moisture. Removing the excess moisture from the air in your home will not only help you feel more comfortable, but creates an environment that makes it almost impossible for allergens and dust mites to survive or mold spores to grow and spread.
How to Defend Your Property against Mold Growth
1. Identify Problem Areas in your Home
Since mold can grow anywhere, it is impossible to mold-proof your property, but you can make your space mold-resistant. Pay attention to the problem areas in your home: Are the bathroom vents used during showers? Are kitchen vents ducted outside? Do you notice condensation on the windows? Mold can quickly grow in the easily forgotten dark spaces of your home such as dark closets, under beds, and behind kitchen cabinets. Due to the potential for leaks and spills be sure to check under bathroom sinks. Also, take note of condensation that can form on ceiling vents. Preventing mold growth from spreading through your property is as easy as removing excess moisture.
2. Monitor Indoor Humidity Levels
Mold thrives in a damp environment, so it is important to keep indoor humidity down, because the outdoor humidity levels will fluctuate with the change of seasons. Since water is added to the air throughout the day by way of showers, cooking, and cleaning, indoor humidity will fluctuate. In order to avoid mold growing inside relative humidity (RH) must be below 60%, ideally the “optimum RH level for a building is generally considered to be between 30% and 50 %” as recommended by ENERGY STAR®. 1
3. Clean Spills and Wet Areas Promptly
Pay attention to unwanted water in your home since mold will only grow with the presence of moisture. Avoid leaving wet bath towels on the floor for too long, and dry accidental spills thoroughly and quickly. Daily chores such as leaving wet clothes in the washing machine or hang drying clothes inside unwanted moisture to the air in your home. Even our beloved pets can make a large mess of their water bowls when drinking, leaving a trail of water on the floor.
4. Install a Tankless Dehumidification System
Mold and mildew reproduce in a humid environment, the best way to stop mold from growing in your home is to maintain healthy humidity levels. Dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity (RH), prohibiting mold and mildews from breeding and spreading indoors, by pulling and condensing moisture from the air. Indoor air is drawn over the dehumidifier coils, forming condensation. A tankless dehumidifier will collect and drain condensate without the hassle of having to empty a reservoir tank. A dehumidifier independent of HVAC systems removes moisture from the air when RH levels rise above the desired set point, helping to eliminate mold from your home.
Conquer Indoor Mold Growth
The first step in mold defense is removing the unwanted moisture. Dehumidification plays an important role in your home, like the defensive line in football, it helps to proactively conquer and destroy mold spores, keeping your property safe and helping to improve the air quality.
Defend your property against mold and protect your reputation.
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The best line of defense in mold prevention is removing unwanted moisture.