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Using an Air Purifier May Help Battle Mold Growth in Your Home

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

While Phoenix tends to be a fairly dry climate most of the year, during monsoons, the moisture level in the air can go up significantly. Many homeowners turn to air purifiers in hopes of keeping any mold growth at bay, but does it really work?

Air purifiers may help in some instances

Using an air purifier to eliminate mold spores in your home can actually help. Mold and mildew can make for some challenging conditions in your Phoenix home both cosmetically as well as odor issues. With your home being one of the biggest investments you may have, doing everything you can to protect it is key. Utilizing an air purifier or air filtration system can help you eliminate mold spores before they are able to spread.

Mold can grow anywhere

Most people think moisture brings mold and therefore, mold spores only are present during the monsoon season. However, Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors, and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home. Mold spores easily reproduce when they float on the currents of air. If you see a spot in your home that has mold growth, you can be sure that mold spores are constantly attempting to travel those air currents in order to grow elsewhere. Take a good look throughout your home and check for any mold growth. Look closely at places that have wet spots like bathrooms, kitchens, attic crawl spaces, and garages. Even if you don’t see mold growth, if there’s a musty odor, chances are you have mold growth.

Air filtration systems trap mold spores

Stopping mold spores from spreading to other moist surfaces is ideal, making it easier to stop mold growth elsewhere. Not all air purifiers function the same, so when looking to purchase a new one, find one with a HEPA filter. The HEPA filter is made specifically to capture the microscopic mold spores, removing them from the air. Some filtration systems work better on mold than others so when eliminating mold spores use the advances of technology available today. Some purifiers come with a sensor that will alert when mold is detected and automatically starts catching the mold spores in the air. While air filtration systems are a good step toward controlling mold growth, more substantial situations like a water leak may cause mold to grow; an air filtration system will likely not be able to prevent that.

Know when to call SERVPRO

If you continue to see excessive mold growth in multiple areas of your home or you have a musty odor in your home, it’s time to call in the mold experts at SERVPRO of East Phoenix. Available 24/7 for your mold emergencies, call 602-507-6163.

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