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Air Quality, Moisture, Mold & You

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Humidity levels should be regularly tested and regulated to make sure your home is safe from mold growth.

One of the biggest factors in mold and the proliferation of its growth is the level of humidity in the surrounding environment. Mold has the potential to grow anywhere moisture is present.

You may not be aware that not only can excess moisture in the air cause mold, it can also be a catalyst for air pollution as well. That cold musty smell that often accompanies mold growth is a tell-tale sign that the surrounding air has become contaminated. The relationship between mold and air quality is even more complicated. If mold is present, unhealthy particles will permeate into the air you breathe, and damp areas will cause water vapor which encourages further microbial activity, resulting in continued mold growth. The end result is a vicious cycle. This cause and effect scenario illustrates the importance of humidity in the home as it pertains to air quality.

It is a good idea to monitor the humidity levels of your home, particularly if you live in a wet climate such as the Portland, Oregon area. The consensus among experts and professionals is that indoor humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent, with an ideal level being approximately 45 percent. These readings can be obtained with a hygrometer, which is an inexpensive instrument that any homeowner would be wise to familiarize themselves with, especially if they live here in the Pacific Northwest.

If you sense that your home has a mold or air quality problem, the professionals at SERVPRO of NW Portland can help you bring the air quality in your home back to healthy levels. Call us today for a consultation. We are a leader in mold remediation are use time honored and scientifically sound methods to get the job done right and give you and your family peace of mind. Call us today. 503-283-3658

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