Indoor moisture leads to mold growth. What are some things that may be done to prevent excessive moisture indoors?
Mold needs moisture to grow. The moisture does not necessarily come from a water intrusion, but from humidity levels in excess of 60%. To prevent mold growth, the moisture in our homes and buildings needs to be controlled.
- Set humidity gauges in each room, especially high-humidity rooms such as the bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, and basement.
- Vent appliances that produce moisture to the outdoors. Especially clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosine heaters, all of which produce moisture.
- Use dehumidifiers in damp areas.
- Run exhaust fans while showering and cooking and then for an additional 20 minutes.
- Address water intrusions and leaks immediately.
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