Mold and mildew can be a big problem in manufacturing settings. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, humidity must remain below 60% to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Here are more ways to help avoid mold and mildew in your manufacturing facility.
1. Keep Relative Humidity Low
As we mentioned, relative humidity (RH) has to be less than 60% to ward off mold and mildew. You can measure relative humidity with a hygrometer. A relative humidity chart can help you determine the ideal relative humidity for your area.
2. Use Dehumidifiers and Humidifiers
If the relative humidity in your manufacturing facility is too high, use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air. If the relative humidity is too low, a humidifier comes in handy for adding moisture.
3. Improve Airflow
Good airflow is essential for preventing mold and mildew. Make sure your manufacturing facility has good ventilation and allows air to circulate freely. You may need to install ducts or other devices to improve airflow.
4. Keep Things Clean and Dry
Mold and mildew thrive in dirty, moist environments. Make sure all surfaces are clean and free of dust and dirt. Mop up any spills or leaks right away. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours, so it’s important to act quickly.
5. Use Mold-Resistant Materials
Some materials are naturally resistant to mold and mildew. When possible, use these materials in your manufacturing facility. Some mold-resistant materials include concrete, glass, metal, and plastic.
6. Monitor Humidity Levels
It’s important to monitor relative humidity levels in your manufacturing facility regularly. Careful monitoring will help catch any problems early and take steps to prevent mold and mildew before it has a chance to grow.
7. Fix leaks and Repair Damage
Leaks and water damage create the perfect condition for mold and mildew formation. Make sure to fix any leaks and repair any damage as soon as possible.
8. Use Air Purifiers
Air purifiers can help remove mold and mildew spores from the air. Those spores can live in the air for long periods and cause problems if they land on a damp surface.
The relative humidity of your manufacturing facility is a key factor in preventing mold and mildew. Use the tips above to help keep these humidity levels in check and create a hostile environment for mold and mildew. Give us a call today at Bry Air Inc for professional help!