Mold needs several things to survive, but there’s only one that you can feasibly get rid of: moisture. After conducting Manhattan mold removal, we recommend taking ongoing action to prevent indoor moisture.
You don’t need a plumbing leak or standing water in the basement for a mold problem to grow. Excess humidity and condensation can also feed the mold spores.
EPA Recommends Moisture Prevention for Mold
According to the EPA, you can avoid mold growth by keeping relative humidity below 50% and ensuring proper ventilation and drainage.
Look out for any source of moisture that could be contributing to mold, such as:
• HVAC drainage: Check the condensate drain lines. Remove any blockage and ensure the line can drain properly.
• Bathroom ventilation: Use exhaust fans that vent outdoors or open windows when showering.
• Water around pipes: Repair plumbing leaks and insulate cold water lines to stop condensation from dripping.
• Windows and gutters: Keep window sills dry and open windows when weather permits. Inspect and clean rain gutters and drainage systems regularly.
Will a Dehumidifier Help with Mold?
Yes, a dehumidifier can keep humidity levels below the typical threshold for mold growth. Our Manhattan mold removal team can install a dehumidifier for an ongoing solution.
Even with a dehumidifier, leaks and other significant moisture sources still need to be addressed. And the dehumidifier will not kill mold spores already present. An indoor mold assessment can help identify all problem areas.
If you’re tackling a mold problem at an NYC building or want to keep mold from coming back, talk to Stern Mold about our non-invasive and highly affordable Manhattan mold removal service.