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Why is it Important to Control Moisture During Mold Damage Cleanup Services and Water Damage Restoration in Caldwell, NJ?

September 7th, 2016 · No Comments

Water damage can result for many different reasons, ranging from burst pipes to leaks. One of the main problems you have to face as a result of water damage is mold growth. Mold is considered a serious problem since it can decompose lignin and cellulose, which means it can easily ruin cellulosic fabrics and paper. It can also attack and damage other materials such as leather, wood, glue, and paint.

As such, if you find water damage in your home in Caldwell, NJ, or elsewhere in northern New Jersey, it will be necessary to not only work on water damage restoration, but also to check whether any mold is growing and to take steps towards mold damage cleanup immediately.

Today we’re going to look at the role played by moisture in mold growth and at the steps you can take to inhibit mold growth.

Mold Growth and the Role of MoistureLaden Outside Air

If for instance, the air entering your house has a 60% or higher relative humidity with a temperature of 85OF, and this air then cools without any type of air conditioning to reach a temperature of 80OF, it will have a relative humidity of 70% or more.

Such a temperature and relative humidity creates a perfect environment for mold growth in your home. Thus, reducing the relative humidity needs to be a part of the mold remediation strategy you utilize in your home.

*Water Damaged Locations and Items Need to Be Dried Out Within 24 to 48 Hours to Prevent Mold Growth*

Inhibit Mold Growth:

Control Relative Humidity

Mold thrives on moisture, and as such, mold growth can be stopped if you can bring the relative humidity down below the 62% mark. In addition, if the relative humidity is kept under 70%, you will be able to prevent future mold growth.

The good thing about ensuring a lower relative humidity in your home is that it not only delays the germination of spores, but it also lowers the mold growth rate and reduces future cell production.

Use Fungicides/Creosote/Ultra Violet Radiation
  • Fungicides: Fungicides like oleate, copper napthenate, and chlorinated phenols can be used to inhibit the growth of mold.
  • Coal Tar Creosote: If paint cannot be used on a specific wooden surface, coal tar creosote can be utilized instead to stop mold growth.
  • Ultra Violet Radiation: Mold can be killed using ultra-violet radiation. Sunlight proves to be an effective medium for mold removal.

If you have noticed mold growth in your home and you want to hire a professional firm to provide mold cleanup services and resolve the underlying water damage and moisture problems, you need to contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan.

We are the first choice for mold remediation in Caldwell, NJ, and across northern New Jersey, because of the vast experience we have with such tasks, the required certification our experts have, and our strict adherence to mold removal standards.

All you need to do is contact us at (855) 560-7999 and our technicians will be dispatched to your house to analyze the level of your mold problem and create a plan of action for the proper removal of mold from your home.


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