How Can I Prevent Fungi Forming On Electrical Wires?

There’s a fungus amungus. You’ve likely heard that quippy line before. But, did you know that there are plenty of fungi species that can grow in the air? In humid environments where electrical wires are present, this can cause trouble. So, how can you prevent fungi from forming on your electrical wires? Gateway Cable Company is here to offer answers. Read on to learn more, or simply contact us anytime.

Microscope view of fungus

What is a Fungus?

Fungi are hard to classify, but they differ from plants and animals. They’re eukaryotic organisms that can be either multicellular or unicellular. They cannot photosynthesize, unlike plants. They include such organisms as mushrooms and toadstools. They can be both helpful and harmful to humans. 

Where Can Fungi Form?

Fungi can form in a variety of places, including:

  • In the air
  • In the soil
  • In the water
  • Within plants and animals

How Does Fungi Form Within My Wall?

The most common type of fungi you’ll find inside a house is mold. While not all fungi are types of mold, all types of mold are indeed fungi. What’s more, while there are harmless varietals of mold, there are also many types of harmful mold commonly found inside walls. Mold most commonly forms inside walls when there is moisture present, especially when the environment is also warm. 

How Can I Prevent Mold From Forming in Walls & On Electrical Wires?

The best way to prevent mold from forming on wires or in a home environment is to simultaneously reduce the moisture/atmospheric humidity (a dehumidifier can help with this) and control the temperature (make it not too hot).

How Can I Kill Existing Mold or Fungi?

There are several ways to prevent mold from forming or kill existing mold, including:

  • Bleach solutions
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Contact Gateway Cable Company to Learn More About Mold Prevention on Wires

Looking to install wires that are mold and fungi resistant? Give us a call at Gateway Cable Company to discuss your options. We offer myriad cable, assembly, power, and electrical options.