Building a dream home is one of the most important milestones in a person’s life. People plan the layout and design of their homes, trying to ensure that each element meets their specifications. However, one area they can’t control is the environment and the weather.
A house needs to have the proper materials and protection so it can stand for a long time, and along with that is ensuring that all materials used are resistant to mold. There are several ways a new homeowner could achieve this goal, from choosing mold-resistant materials, to proper construction practices to becoming proactive when it comes to mold control.
How Does Mold Begin?
It takes certain conditions for a home to grow mold, and it takes more than humidity, heat, and wetness. Here are three conditions that enable mold to grow:
Mold is a type of fungi, which are microorganisms that rely on plant or animal matter to survive. As they do not rely on photosynthesis and do not make their own food like other plants, they must have a food source. Their food source includes:
● Textile materials
● Fiberglass insulation
Mold can grow within a specific temperature range, usually between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This range is ideal in human dwellings, and so it’s no surprise that mold spores can be found within most houses.
In areas where moisture cannot be avoided such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens, mold growth is unavoidable. Especially when heat and humidity are present and contact relatively cool surfaces, mold spores will find these surfaces ideal environments for colonies.
Lack of Direct Sunlight
In dark areas where moisture and humidity are already present, mold spores have the capability to grow too. Direct sunlight could destroy some colonies, as it can dry up wet areas, but dark places where the temperature is right for mold spores can make any area susceptible to mold.
But even in cold weather and freezing temperatures, mold spores can survive and wait for warmer weather. They can lie dormant during the cold season, and in a dark area such as the basement they can still multiply when the ice thaws out and the temperature rises.
But which building materials can be more resistant to mold? Sometimes, people think water-resistant is the same as mold-resistant, but this is not exactly true. Water resistant drywall materials can resist leaks or water damage, but mold-resistant materials have added-in mold chemicals that prevent mold spores from growing in the material.
These mold-resistant materials do not become direct food sources for the mold, such as drywall, paper, or wood. Instead, it uses materials such as gypsum and fiberglass, which makes it more resistant to mold.
There are also wood building materials that are mold-resistant, and they also use anti-mold chemicals to make them resistant to spores.
Mold resistant paint can discourage the growth of mold in specific areas, especially basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, it will not be useful if the mold is already in the wall. It needs to be installed in a wall that is clear of mold. If you apply it to a moldy wall, the paint will only peel off.
Prevent Mold in New Buildings
Once you have built your home using these materials, you must take proactive measures to prevent mold in your home. Aside from using cleaning materials that prevent mold growth such as cleaning wipes and enzyme cleaner concentrate, you can do several things:
Control your home temperature.
Keep your home humidity levels below 50%, and make sure that using your HVAC during the summer will not build up condensation and increase the likelihood of mold growth.
Always Clean and Disinfect the House
Use a mold solution spray on your furniture and rooms that have the potential to grow mold. Kitchen tables and sinks, basement floors, and bathrooms need to be cleaned regularly with disinfectant and mold solution spray.
Make Your Dream Home Mold-Free
Mold can create different problems for you and your dream home, so why not make it mold-free from the start with the best materials and the best proactive practices?