It’s the time of year when temperatures and humidity are on the rise in the Midwest. What many don’t know is if humidity reaches high levels in a home or business, it could lead to mold contamination.
When people think of mold, they typically associate it with some type of water intrusion. Like a flooded basement or a leaky roof. But mold can grow and thrive without a significant water event. A high level of moisture in the air is not only uncomfortable, it is also creates an environment that allows mold and mildew to form in places you might not expect.
Where to Look for Mold from High Humidity?
Behind Furniture – Mold likes dark areas with poor air circulation. Look on the walls behind couches or bedding. If there is high humidity in the home and if the walls are poorly insulated, there is a good opportunity for mold to grow.
In the Corners – Corners are other areas you may find mold. This is due to the dead spot in a corner area where there is less air movement as opposed to the center of a room.
Window Frames and Sill – If you see condensation on windows, it is a good indication of a humidity problem. Particularly if you have vinyl windows and see moisture build up on the windows. This is a common place for mold to grow.
Mold on Furniture, Clothes and other Random Contents – If mold is growing on individual items in a home or business, it indicates a severe humidity issue.
How to Prevent High Humidity and Keep Mold From Forming?
Airflow is Important – A good HVAC system or air conditioner will help increase airflow but you can boost the effectiveness by adding fans and keeping internal doors open. This helps keep the air fresh in the rooms and also makes it more difficult for moisture to accumulate.
Be Cool – Along with airflow, keeping the air cool not only makes your residence more comfortable it also reduces airborne water vapor.
Decrease Air Moisture With a Dehumidifier – A dehumidifier is a common appliance that will regulate the humidity in a room. It is most effective if the humidity is an issue in a specific area or room in a home (like a basement). It can be used in conjunction with a fan to increase it’s effectiveness.
Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?
Poor indoor air quality can lead to mold and mildew contamination. Mold and mildew not only smell, they are also associated with health issues. There are contaminants and toxins in mold that break down as a part of the growing process and that can affect your health and the living quality of your home.
It can effect anyone but those mostly at risk are people with chronic health conditions such as asthma or other breathing medical conditions. Mold can create lung infections and other issues, and can make people ill often without their even realizing what is going on.
Inhaling or being in the presence of mold spores can cause a wide range of symptoms such as:
- runny nose
- eye irritation
- lung irritation
- breathing difficulty
- sore throat
Mold exposure is not a medical emergency in most instances. However, mold and mildew contamination puts you at a greater risk for many health issues.
If you believe you have mold in your home or business, get help from a mold remediation specialist.