Tips for Inhibiting Mold Growth
The key to inhibiting mold from growing in your home or business is to understand that where there is moisture, there is often mold. Molds thrive in moist environments, but also need an organic food source like cellulose, which is typically found in building materials such as wood and drywall. Listed below are some tips for limiting moisture buildup and preventing mold-inducing conditions.
- Be proactive and keep indoor humidity low, ideally between 30 and 50 percent relative humidity.
- Measure humidity levels with a humidity meter, an inexpensive device that will let you easily check the humidity in your home or office.
- If you see moisture on windows, walls or pipes, dry the wet surface immediately. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
- Ventilate showers and cooking areas.
- Use a dehumidifier and air conditioner during especially humid months.
In the event of a water leak or spill, time is of the essence. Dry materials that are wet or damp within 24 to 48 hours. It is unlikely that mold will grow if you do this. If materials or areas remain wet, it is inevitable that mold will start to grow.
In larger damage situations like flooding or broken pipes, mold may never become visible, since it can grow in the walls and under the floor. Left untouched, this can cause serious structural damage. Bleach will not kill this mold and stop its growth.