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3 Ways To Prevent Mold in a Humid Climate

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Ways To Prevent Mold in a Humid Climate Moldy office in Rusellville,KY

Three Steps to Reduce Mold Growth

Mold thrives in climates with high humidity levels. Commercial building owners and facilities managers can prevent mold damage by taking these three steps to reduce the likelihood of interior mold growth.

1. Lower Indoor Humidity Levels

Even if the humidity is high outside, it is possible to control interior levels. Run a dehumidifier to maintain an environment that is less likely to support mold growth. Proper ventilation and air filtration can also keep mold from growing. A HEPA air filtration device can capture spores as small as one to three microns. 

2. Clean the Premises

Cleanliness can limit the food sources available to support mold. Fungus tends to grow in areas with dirt, dust, and other food sources that remain undisturbed. Mold can also thrive if food packaging or discarded items remain in trash containers for long periods of time. Encourage occupants to throw away food in trash cans that are emptied daily and avoid leaving coffee cups around work areas. It is also important to monitor places where condensation collects or high humidity persists. Regularly dry these areas, or consider ways to enhance the building envelope to prevent moisture from accumulating.

3. Select Mold-Resistant Materials

The right building materials can help to prevent mold from becoming a problem. Consider paint that contains mildewcides, mold-resistant drywall, or cleaning products designed to kill mold and prevent regrowth. In general, non-porous plastic, metal, and glass surfaces will be less likely to develop mold than materials that contain cellulose. Hard tile or laminate floors are also less likely to support mold than carpet or wood.

All of these methods can reduce the likelihood of mold growth becoming a problem in a building located in a climate that has high humidity levels. If you suspect that mold damage is present, contact a service that specializes in mold clean up and prevention in Rusellville, KY.

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