The growing awareness of mold and its negative effects has driven more of today’s new home and building builders to go to mold resistant designs and building materials. Items such as insulation and vapor retarders, wall assemblies, and efficient and balanced HVAC systems and Bi-inhibitors are on the lips of contractors these days.
When a structure has water problems or leaks, including broken or improperly installed plumbing, flooding, foundation or roof leaks, and other water intrusions it can become a breeding ground for mold. Once inside, mold can contaminate anything in the surrounding area including clothing, furniture, and works of art.
The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.
---Do an inspection on your home or building, make note of areas that have frequent condensation, look for water stains on the walls/ceilings. Address the problem now.
---Make sure your building or home is properly ventilated. If you have areas that produce more moisture, make sure the HVAC system is working properly and run a dehumidifier if necessary.
---Seeing condensation around doors or windows can indicate high humidity. Check your humidity level in your building or home with a moisture meter, it should be below 60 percent.
---Ground water around the building or home needs to monitored. Make sure you have proper drainage or gutters.
---Repair any leaks in the roof or windows
---When considering flooring, go with tile or hardwood surfacing. Carpet can be a big mold producer when in contact with moisture. Same with wallpaper, instead use mold resistant paint.
We hope these tips can help you with your mold prevention. For more information call our office and speak to our professional staff. We do this every day, so why not ask an expert? If you are an employer, please note that OSHA requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. If you are a homeowner, what is more important than your family’s health?