September is Mold Awareness Month
Molds are EVERYWHERE…
Molds and fungi are created through natural processes and can be found anywhere, outside and even inside, year-round. There are estimated to be over 1,000 types of mold in the United States and over 100,000 species of mold world wide1.
Mold as a Decomposer…
Molds are an essential part of the ecosystem, outside. They are able to naturally break down and decompose things, such as fallen leaves, dying trees, and dead animals. Even though mold growth outdoors is beneficial, mold growth inside should be prevented. Unfortunately, molds cause problems when they being to grow indoors, breaking down organic materials, “affecting the look, smell, and possibly, with the respect to wood-framed buildings, affecting the structural integrity of the buildings”.2
Mold can Grow ANYWHERE…
Molds are not picky and will grow on almost any surface, as long as moisture, oxygen, and an organic food source are present. Molds produce spores that are generally too small to see with the naked eye. These tiny spores float through the air, searching for proteins, and moisture to survive.
Mold needs MOISTURE…
If moisture is present mold can and will grow, quickly causing problems indoors. Molds consume and begin to take over any protein they land on, in order to thrive. This includes wood, paper, carpet, foods, insulation, and even the glues holding your cabinets together. It may be impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores indoors, but lowering indoor humidity can help prevent mold growth.
Problem with High Indoor Humidity…
Mold requires moisture to grow. To help avoid the problems associated with high indoor humidity, remove the moisture. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends indoor humidity should be maintained below 60% to help improve comfort, help prevent health hazards, and aid in mold prevention.3
Advantages of Supplemental Dehumidification…
It’s inevitable, if you’re indoors, you are adding moisture to the air; cleaning dishes, washing laundry, adding water to your pet’s bowl, and even breathing all increase the humidity indoors. The ENERGY STAR® certified IW25-4 dehumidifier provides hands-free moisture removal to help lower humidity indoors and help prevent condensation. The wall-mounted IW25-4 dehumidifier is designed specifically to condense and collect moisture generated indoors in multi-family housing.
Remove Moisture Lower Humidity
It’s That Simple
Science of Condensation?
Moisture accumulates indoors from basic everyday tasks including cooking, showering, cleaning, or even a cold drink condensing on the counter, they all increase indoor relative humidity.
1. The Catholic University of America, Environmental Health and Safety Manual | 28- Mold Remediation; 28.3 Mold Basics; https://facilities.catholic.edu/ehs/ehs-manual/28-mold-remediation.html
2. United States Department of Labor, OSHA | A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace; Mold Basics; https://www.osha.gov/publications/shib101003
3. EPA, United States Environmental Protection Agency | Lesson 3 – Humidity; https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-course-chapter-2