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asked in category: General Last Updated: 5th June, 2020

Can dehumidifiers grow mold?

Mold stays “dormant” in the air or on surfaces even when there's no excess moisture to help it grow. If the humidity in a room increases, mold will start growing in patches on walls, clothes, and more. So, to answer your question, dehumidifiers do NOT kill mold, but they do prevent it by reducing humidity.

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Accordingly, can dehumidifiers cause mold?

Excess moisture can cause black mold to grow, which can, in turn, cause serious health issues. A dehumidifier will lessen the amount of moisture damage but the cause cannot be ignored.

Beside above, what moisture level mold grows? Sometimes, humidity or dampness (water vapor) in the air can supply enough moisture for mold growth. Indoor relative humidity (RH) should be kept below 60 percent -- ideally between 30 percent and 50 percent, if possible. Low humidity may also discourage pests (such as cockroaches) and dust mites.

Correspondingly, how do you get mold out of a dehumidifier?

Fill the water basket half full with clean water. Add a teaspoon of dish soap for every gallon of water used. Stir the water around inside the water basket to loosen the mold and other debris. Use a soft-bristle scrub brush to clean away any visible mold inside the basket.

Will mold grow at 55 humidity?

Humidity levels above 55 percent can allow mould to grow, although levels of 70 percent are more ideal for mould growth.

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