Decreasing Relative Humidity

Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

In the presence of moisture, mold can grow in any place and on any material or almost. This is why the best way to prevent them is to reduce the humidity.

The optimum relative humidity is between 30% and 50%. Here are some preventive measures that will help to maintain this level of humidity:

  • Ventilate showers and other sources of moisture directly to the outside;
  • Set the humidity level using dehumidifiers and / or equipment air conditioning;*
  • Use exhaust fans when cooking food when the dishwasher or washing machine (washing machine) works (particularly in areas used for food preparation and washing) or for major cleanup;
  • Insulate cold surfaces to prevent condensation on the surface of the pipe, windows, exterior walls, roofing and floors, to the extent possible;
  • Maintain the building and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in order;
  • Clean up any spills or flood immediately (within 48 hours) and refer to the documents listed below for additional details;
  • Clear immediately floors, rugs and carpets from any stain or dirt, minimize the amount of water used during the cleaning of carpets and rugs;
  • Do not install carpet around water troughs, sinks, baths and showers or directly on concrete floors, where there is more frequent leaks and condensation.

* It is important to keep in mind that dehumidifiers and appliances air conditioning used must be kept in good order. Empty water collectors regularly so that the liquid collected and does not contribute to the accumulation of moisture and clean the humidifier often you use.