We all agree that mold problems at home can be really unpleasant. And, unhealthy! It’s better that we prevent them. Or, at least find them in time, to stop some an illness, or major catastrophe. It’s important to make a mold resistant home, if possible.
However, there isn’t such a thing as a mold-proof house. Spores of mold exist inside our homes continually. They’re air-borne. Moreover, those are everywhere. Experts all agree with this statement.
Tips For A More Mold Resistant Home
Nonetheless, humans can cohabit peacefully with the floating mold spores. As long as the mold doesn’t find a moist area and start to grow, we’re fine. In the event it does, it’s only a matter of a very short period of time before the mold spreads. But, only when it finds that ideal growing spot. If that comes to pass, the mold can be very difficult to eradicate in the house.
However, there is a satin lining to this cloud. Even though, you cannot totally eliminate mold, you can certainly discourage it. And, make its’ life very difficult to grow.
Thus, by taking some simple steps, you can at the very least, make a mold resistant home. Plus, it’s really not all that hard to do. Getting on it, in time, will allow you to avoid the headache.
And, the inconvenience of larger scale demolition. Or, remediation and remodeling operations. Additionally, you’ll mitigate the potential health risks and problems, mold causes. Thus, make yours, a mold resistant home!
Never Try To Achieve Mold Resistant Status By Painting Over The Mold
Even with mold resistant paint, covering up mold with a coat of paint, will only make the problem bigger. You should only apply mold resistant paint to clean, dry, mold free surfaces. Remember, the goal is to have a totally mold resistant home. Not, a sugar-coated one. But, it can be difficult to create a mold resistant living environment. Especially so, in climates that are more damp, than dry. For instance, the metro Puerto Vallarta area, in the summer months.
When it comes to new homes, you are in a better position to control the mold-resistance. Hence, precautionary measures can be put into the architectural design of the new home. Construction caveats, can be included in the Scope of Work documents. Which, accompanies the house plan drawings. By contrast, if you’re ‘going-it-alone’, it’s a simple matter of following a few important vital tips. Or, by contacting a skilled professional, who will be only too happy to get you going in the right direction.
Furthermore, be certain to use mold resistant construction products. For example:
Mold resistant drywall
Unlike regular drywall that has a paper face, mold resistant drywall has a fiberglass face. Therefore, mold cannot “feed off it.” Thus, creating one more barrier in your mold resistant home.
Unfortunately, some areas of the home are more likely for moisture to accumulate. Hence, allowing mold to form and grow. For instance, the kitchen where there is steam from cooking. This can contribute to the development of a serious mold problem.
Also, bathrooms have an even greater possibility of mold formulation. Steam, from shower, bath and sinks can contribute to the development of very bad mold. That’s why, it’s important to ensure protective barriers in these areas of a more mold resistant home.
Furthermore, latex paint can allow moisture to move through the paint and dry. This moisture can come from an inner wall, or structure behind the surface, Hence, the paint will almost certainly discolor, blister, or peel. Such activity opens up the possibilities for mold growth.
Note, materials that cannot be damaged by water, are available. Likewise, ones that resist surface mold growth. Included, in these, is foam or closed-cell rigid insulation. Also, extruded polystyrene. This kind of insulation generally allows the wall and floor systems to drain and dry.
Conversely, fiberglass insulation only resists water damage and surface mold growth, to some degree. Consequently, that insulation may trap and hold water. Thus, slowing down the drying time of wall and floor systems. Usually, the fiberglass insulation, has to be removed, as a result. Otherwise, a mold problem could result.
Resistant coverings and coatings
Water-resistant coatings, such as polyester epoxy are made for specific applications. These may not allow areas such as a wall cavity, to dry rapidly. Result, they may also blister and peel. Additionally, 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, as well. Vinyl wall coverings and other plastic-coated paper and paneling, might also inhibit wall component drying. Or, it might blister and peel. Therefore, to achieve a more mold resistant home, coverings and coatings, should allow drying in at least one direction. This facilitates, interior walls and floor systems to drain and dry more quickly.
Resistant trim and caulking
Further, one of many products designed to eliminate mold at the house, is mold resistant home trim board. The most common type used in mold-resistant trim, is vinyl and cellular PVC.
Keep in mind, that any time you put ordinary caulking in a high moisture environment, the result is usually mold growth. For instance, in a shower or tub. Thus, silicone caulking in a tub or shower, rather than acrylic caulking, is the recommended application. The caulking you use in a tub or shower, should also contain a biocide, to prevent mold from forming in the first place.
Hard Surface Resistant Products
Of particular importance, avoid basement carpet installations. This, more than any other material, or area, in a house. Carpets are havens for mold. They can collect dirt, dust and moisture. Those, combine to create mold. Hard surface products like laminate flooring or engineered hardwoods are always a much better choice for basement spaces. Plus, moving you ever closer to a mold resistant home!
Pointers to Heed for a More Mold Resistant Home
- 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, used in floors, exterior basement walls, and the foundation. Systems, 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.
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Finally, this mold resistant home article, was written and submitted by Liam Edwards. He is a mold handling expert at BustMold. We hope that he’s helped you with these tips. And, that you will have a healthy, mold resistant home environment. Good luck! Our Mold Resistant Homes article was LAST worked on and UPDATED on 18 JUNE 2018.