Mold is a fungus, and as most species of fungi it reproduces by releasing spores into the air. The spores will then grow into a mold infestation in any area where they find the three things they need to grow.
Your home will always be warm enough for mold, and even household dust will provide enough food to allow it to thrive.
Of all these three factors, there is only one you can fully control to prevent mold growth: moisture.
Mold spores are floating everywhere and when they are outdoors, they are mostly harmless. Indoors, however, where mold spore concentrations tend to be higher, mold can be very harmful and quite destructive. Mold growing on wooden structures, such as floor joists, beams, and rafters will cause them to decay, compromising your home’s structural integrity
The air inside a building is constantly moving upwards and escaping through the upper levels. As a result, outside air is sucked in to balance the pressure. Building scientists call that constant air movement “Stack Effect”. That means that least 1/3 of the air you breathe indoors is coming straight from your basement, along with mold spores, dust mite droppings and any other allergens and pollutants found in these areas. They can trigger different types of allergic reactions, ranging from runny nose, watery eyes and rashes to severe asthma attacks.
Mold problems can appear anywhere in the house, but they are more prevalent in basements and crawl spaces because these areas are prone to high levels of Relative Humidity. That said, the best way to combat and prevent mold is to make sure the RH levels in these areas stay under 60%. EcoSpect offers a full line of powerful dehumidification and air filtration systems specifically designed for basements and crawl spaces. In fact we are the only company in Syracuse and Rochester offering the nationally backed Healthy Basement and Healthy Crawl Space Certification.
A dehumidifier is your first line of defense against mold and unhealthy indoor air. We offer a powerful line of energy-efficient crawl space and basement dehumidifiers, guaranteed to keep moisture under control and prevent mold growth.
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