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 your home mold resistant as possible.
There isn’t such a thing as a mold-proof house. Spores of mold that 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
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.
Thus, 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 the potential health risks and 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. Such as 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. 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
Some areas of the home are more likely for moisture to accumulate. Thus, 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.
Remember, 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. Hence, the paint will almost certainly discolor, blister, or peel
Mold resistant insulation
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.
Fiberglass insulation resists water damage and surface mold growth, to some degree. However, 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.
Mold resisting 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. 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. Coverings and coatings, should allow drying in at least one direction. This facilitates, interior walls and floor systems to drain and dry more quickly.
Mold resistant trim and caulk
One of many products designed to eliminate mold in the home, is mold-resistant trim board. The most common type 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 caulking you use in a tub or shower, should also contain a biocide to prevent mold from forming.
Hard Surface Mold 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, that combine to create 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, 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.
I hope that I’ve helped you with these tips. And, that you will have a healthy, mold resistant home environment. Good luck!
Written and submitted by Liam Edwards, expert at BustMold.
Our Mold Resistant Homes article was LAST UPDATED on 18 JUNE 2018.