The Dreaded "Humidity Bloom"
Have you ever left your home or office, perhaps looking to get away for a week on vacation? Even for those of us who live in the paradise of Miami / Miami Beach, it's fun to get away.
Have a great time! One thing though -- make sure your AC remains on, and better yet have someone come check it while you're gone.
This is what can happen. We call it a humidity bloom. The customer here went away, and the AC went down. This allowed the humidity level to rocket upward -- yes, the humidity in the air was enough of a moisture source to fuel mold growth on this -- and many others -- content item inside the apartment.
Mold needs two things to grow -- an organic food source, and moisture. Typically we associate water intrusions with the moisture part. For example, let's say a pipe bursts or a water heater bursts. That definitely happens too.
But paradise has its price. Humidity levels are sky high in South Florida. Unless controlled by appropriate, well-maintained AC systems, humidity can be enough by itself to spark a serious and costly mold problem.