MOLD is a 4 letter word for art collectors all over the world. Whether you own paintings, sculptures or any other kind of artwork… you are at risk of your art becoming damaged by mold.
We asked an expert that does mold testing in Newburgh Ny about where mold comes from. Bill Powers, of Powers Environmental LLC gave us some interesting insights into where mold comes from.
Bill shares with us, “Mold is a living organism that needs 2 things to flourish and thrive. First it needs a water source. Second it needs the right temperature to grow.”
Bill continues, “Mold fungus spores are floating in the air everywhere. However when you get warm temperature plus a water source you are creating a breeding paradise for black mold and mildew.”
The lesson for art collectors?
You must keep your home or office maintained. Missing roof shingles and clogged gutters can easily cause an environment for mold to grow.
Damp basements are another mold paradise.
What can you do to protect your artwork?
Bill tells us to Install a dehumidifier. It will dry out the air and remove the moisture that mildew feeds on before it effects your artwork or health.
Thankfully, art repairs can be made. However, they may affect the value of your artwork.
What if you think you have a moldy smell in your home or office or notice mildew on your art?
Bill encourages us, “Call a third party certified mold assessor. This way you will never have to worry about a conflict of interests by him selling you a $10,000 mold remediation cleanup.”