Mold Resistant Home

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We all agree that mold problems at home can be really unpleasant. It’s better that we prevent them, or find them in time to stop some an illness or major catastrophe. It’s important to make your home as mold resistant as possible.

Image of a Problem Area That Needs to be Made Mold Resistant in the HouseIt could be strongly argued that there isn’t such a thing as a mold-proof house. There are spores of mold that exist inside our homes continually. They’re air-borne. Those are everywhere.

Tips For A More Mold Resistant Home

However, humans can cohabit peacefully with the floating mold spores. As long as they don’t find a moist area and start to grow, we’re fine.

It’s only a matter of a very short period of time before the mold spreads, if it finds that ideal growing spot. If that comes to pass, the mold can be very difficult to eradicate in the house.

The satin lining to this cloud however, could be that even though you cannot totally eliminate mold, you can certainly discourage it and make its’ life very difficult to grow.

By taking some simple steps in your home, you can at the very least, make the house mold resistant. This is really not all that hard to do. Getting on it in time will allow you to avoid the headache and inconvenience of larger scale demolition and remediation repair operations. In addition to that, you’ll mitigate potential health risks and the problems mold causes.

Never Try To Achieve Mold Resistant Status By Painting Over The Mold

Even with mold resistant paint, covering over mold with a coat of paint will only make the bigger problem. You should only apply mold resistant paint to clean, dry, mold free surfaces.

It can be difficult to create a mold resistant living environment. Especially so, in climates that are more damp, than dry.

When it comes to new homes, you are in a better position to control the mold-resistance. Precautionary measures can be put right into the architectural design of the new home. Construction caveats are included in the Scope of Work documents with the house plan drawings. If you’re ‘going-it-alone’, it’s a simple matter of following a few important and vital tips:

Use mold resistant construction products such as:

  • Mold resistant drywall

Unlike regular drywall that has a paper face, mold resistant drywall has a fiberglass face that cannot feed a mold problem.

  • Mold resistant paint

Image of Mold Resistant Inspection Being CompletedSome areas of the home are more likely for moisture to accumulate, this allowing for mold to form and grow. The kitchen where there is steam from cooking, for example. This can contribute to the development of a serious mold problem.

Bathrooms have an even greater possibility, where steam from showers can contribute to the development of bad mold.

Latex paint can allow moisture from an inner wall or structure behind the surface, to move through the paint and dry. The paint will almost certainly discolor, blister, or peel

  • Mold resistant insulation

Foam or closed-cell rigid insulation, including extruded polystyrene, cannot be damaged by water and resists surface mold growth. This kind of insulation generally allows the wall and floor systems to drain and dry.

Fiberglass insulation resists water damage and surface mold growth. However, the insulation may trap and hold water, thus slowing down the drying time of wall and floor systems. Fiberglass insulation usually has to be removed.

  • Mold resisting coverings and coatings

Water-resistant coatings like polyester epoxy are made for specific applications. These may not allow areas such as a wall cavity to dry rapidly. They may also blister and peel.

Water-resistant strong coatings may also inhibit drying. We strongly recommend you to read labels for cautionary and safety warnings.

Ceramic tile, although resistant to flooding, may inhibit drying of other components.

Vinyl wall coverings and other plastic-coated paper and paneling, may inhibit wall component drying, or may peel and blister. Coverings and coatings should allow drying in at least one direction so that interior walls and floor systems can quickly drain and dry.

  • Mold resistant trim and caulk

Mold-resistant trim board is one of many products designed to eliminate mold in the home. The most common type of materials used in mold-resistant trim is vinyl and cellular PVC.

Any time you put ordinary caulking in a high moisture environment, such as in a shower or tub; the result is usually mold growth. Silicone caulking in a tub or shower, rather than acrylic caulk, is the recommended application. The caulk you use in a tub or shower should also contain a biocide to prevent mold from forming.

Hard Surface Mold Resistant Products

Image of Mold Resistant Inspection Being CompletedAvoid basement carpet installations more than any other material in a house. Carpets are havens for mold. They can collect dirt, dust and moisture that combine to provide mold.

Hard surface products like laminate flooring or engineered hardwoods are always a much better choice for basement spaces.

  • Keep construction materials dry and mold-free before installation
  • Watch for construction defects that may lead to leaks or water entry, grade the land down and away from the home’s foundation.
  • Install a strong moisture barrier under concrete slabs and basement floors.
  • Waterproof the concrete, which is used in floors, exterior basement walls, and the foundation. Waterproofing systems, such as with a crystalline waterproofing, allows concrete to breathe so moisture doesn’t accumulate.
  • Insulate pipes and water-supply lines to prevent cracks and leaks.
  • Install exhaust fans.
  • Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting, or install plastic sheeting and sub-flooring between carpeting and a concrete floor.

I hope that I’ve helped you with these tips and that you will have a healthy, mold resistant home environment. Good luck!

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Written and submitted by Liam Edwards, expert at BustMold, LinkedIn.

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