Control Humidity to Control Mold Growth

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Apr

Mold Removal in Orlando, FL

Mold growth can be more hazardous for your Orlando, FL commercial building than you may realize. So, it’s important to be mindful of contributing factors such as high humidity before it gets out of hand. Prevent mold damage by:


1. Using Mold-Resistant Products


Non-porous materials such as metal, glass and plastic should be used instead of wood in buildings that are in humid climates. Carpet tends to capture moisture and mold spores, so laminate or tile floors are also preferable. Mold-resistant paint and moisture-resistant drywall are two other products that are helpful in a muggy climate.

2. Controlling Condensation


Condensation can create a haven for mold, especially since it often goes unnoticed. Metal pipes, windows, refrigeration units and concrete walls are just a few places where moisture can collect. Dry condensation right away and eliminate the source of the problem, if possible.


3. Monitoring Temperature and Humidity


The indoor temperature should be kept around 70 degrees. The relative humidity indoors should ideally be around 40% to lessen the likelihood of mold growth. In combination with your heating and cooling system, a dehumidifier should keep humidity low.


4. Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces


Indoors, mold typically grows on dust. So, it’s important to clean frequently to get rid of mold spores and the nutrients on which mold spores thrive (e.g., dirt and dead skin cells). Clean and disinfect surfaces, then dry thoroughly.


5. Maintaining Proper Ventilation


Inadequate ventilation presents stale air, which is just what mold spores need to set up house and start breeding. Air circulation is important, and you can provide it by opening windows or running fans. Leaving the doors between rooms ajar will improve circulation throughout the building. Since many bathrooms and kitchens don’t have windows, running exhaust fans during and after showering or cooking will help to circulate and dry the air. If you smell musty odors, inspect the area and it probably means that it needs to be more adequately ventilated.


If your building sustains mold growth or water damage, All American Water Restoration can help. We will return your property to its pre-loss condition as soon as possible.

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