Discover the common causes of mold on walls, and learn how to prevent mold growth in your home.
If you're interested in keeping your home healthy by lessening the risk of mold in your home, you may want to invest in prevention up front. Mold removal and remediation can be a time-consuming, expensive process, and if you do it yourself, it can even present health risks.
If your home is already affected by mold growth, you can address the problem with various mold removal products.
Learn about mold-resistant drywall and how it can help prevent mold growth in your home. The chief innovation in mold-resistant drywall is the substitution of fiberglass mat for the paper facing used in traditional drywall. This way, moisture cannot adhere to the organic paper material, creating an attractive food source for mold. In addition to mold-resistant drywall, greenboard is often used in bathrooms and showers as a mold-preventative building material. Though it's less effective at preventing mold than mold-resistant drywall, it's generally also less expensive.
In recent years, and now with the most recent devastation of homes flooded by the Hurricanes, widespread concerns about mold growth in homes are being widely talked about and recognized for what it is, a health hazzard.
Mold thrives in moist, damp environments like basements and crawlspaces, where all it needs to thrive is a water source, oxygen, and organic material. Often, the latter is provided by drywall that's been exposed to moisture â€” in this scenario, the paper covering on the drywall can become an all-you-can-eat buffet for all manner of mold species. Mold-resistant drywall was developed specifically to address this common problem.
Mold-resistant paint should only be used after any existing areas of mold growth have already been treated.
If mold is growing on drywall or inside of walls, the drywall and any other affected materials should be removed and replaced before the application of mold-resistant paint. Once the area has been treated for existing mold, mold-resistant paint can be applied to the walls and floors of any affected areas.
The chemicals in the paint will help to destroy any remaining mold, and seal off the area from further mold growth. When painting, pay special attention to top and bottom corners where walls meet, as these are particularly popular neighborhoods for mold to move in.
Using mold-resistant paint, particularly on basement floors, walls and ceilings, can be an affective way to prevent mold growth in your home.
If you're looking for ways to help keep your home healthy, wash bedding and any other fabrics with which you regularly come in contact. Even though it is impossible to entirely eliminate mold, it is possible to take extra precautions to ensure your mold allergies stay at bay.
If you are looking at foreclosures or older homes, the risk of mold occurrence is always a possibility. Though the presence of mold shouldnt automatically disqualify the home on your list, because it is a treatable issue.
Your Realtor will have great resources to help you with inspectors, Mold Testing and Contractors or Suppliers that can assist you with remedial cleanup and resolve it so you can live mold and allergy free. I have vast experience in property conditions and the REO and HUD owned properties. If you ever have questions or concerns, I'm happy to help you get answers. Happy to help, that's what I do! Barbara Leatherwood
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