The Health Risks of Excess Moisture and Mold


Excess moisture can create the perfect conditions for microorganisms, like viruses and bacteria, to live, grow and flourish. As standing water dries, the spores that were once waterborne become airborne pathogens, which can cause serious health effects.  

What are the health risks of excess moisture and mold?

Excess moisture becomes a breeding ground for fungi and mold, which can have serious negative effects on human health. Respiratory inflammation and allergies can both be caused from exposure to mycotoxins like Aspergillus, Stachybotrysand Penicillium. While a little runny nose and itchy eye may not seem extreme to most healthy people, those with existing respiratory issues can be at high risk for extreme reactions that could be life threatening. 

This isn’t just a problem in the home – laboratories, gyms, pools, fitness centers, food-processing facilities, and storage facilities all experience dangerous humidity levels leading to pathogens and odors jeopardizing the health of the occupants. 

Importance of Post-Flood Clean Up

Standing water in any space is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. In fact, mold can begin growing in a wet area within 24 hours. That’s why it’s important to clear standing water as soon as possible. Here’s a quick tip for cleaning up mold and mildew: 

Skip the Bleach

While bleach and chlorine-based products are great for brightening up your whites, they’re actually not so great for cleaning up mold. Bleach and chlorine-based cleaning products can cause respiratory flare-ups when used in an open environment, such as on a floor or ceiling where mold is growing. Instead, consider using a mold clean-up product that can get rid of the mold or mildew without creating a secondary health risk. 

How to Deal with Excess Moisture  

Dealing with excess moisture in a particular area is a simple matter if you use a commercial dehumidifier. The system pulls the excess moisture from the air, condenses it, and removes it from the structure. These systems are affordable, easy to tailor to your particular uses, and are available in a variety of sizes, power configurations, and exterior styles.  

By controlling the relative humidity of the affected area, you can prevent future mold growth. Lowering the amount of moisture in the air will make the climate unlivable for microorganisms and will help prevent the associated health risks. 

Find the Right Dehumidifier Now

The team at Therma-Stor is here to help you find the right dehumidifier for your space. From small office spaces to large industrial areas, flooding and excess moisture can cause mold growth, which can greatly affect human health. Contact Therma-Stor now to find a dehumidifier to get the job done right the first time, and prevent the negative health risks of excess moisture and mold.