August 5, 2022
Why Do Newly Constructed Buildings Have Mold Issues?
Mold is a fungus that thrives indoors and outdoors, and it thrives on freshly installed construction materials. Mold spores can be unleashed into the air and inhaled or ingested. The spores can cause health problems for people exposed to them when it grows indoors.
The fuzzy fungus can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and other health issues as well. This post will discuss why newly constructed buildings have mold issues. We will also provide tips on preventing mold from growing in your home or office!
· Improper Lumber Storage Causes Mold Issues
One of the primary reasons that newly constructed buildings have mold issues is improper lumber storage. If lumber is not stored in a dry, well-ventilated area, it will start to grow mold. This is because mold thrives in humid environments. When the lumber is used to build the new building, the mold will spread to other parts of the structure.
· Poor Drainage
Another reason for mold growth in (usually) concrete or brick buildings is poor drainage. If there is not proper drainage around the building, water will seep into the walls and create a breeding ground for mold spores. Once the spores take hold, they will start to grow and spread throughout the building.
· Poor Vapor Barrier Installation
Another common cause of mold growth in new buildings is poor vapor barrier installation. A vapor barrier is installed to prevent moisture from entering the building.
However, suppose the vapor barrier is not installed correctly. In that case, it will allow moisture to seep into the building and create an ideal environment for mold spores to grow.
These barriers can also develop tears or holes over time. Several things can cause these tears, including:
1. Poorly installation practices
2. Rodent or insect infestation
3. Sharp object punctures
If these tears are not repaired, they will allow moisture to enter the building and create a perfect setting for mold spores to grow.
How to Prevent this Problem?
There are a few ways that you can prevent this problem from happening. Ensure that the building materials you use are mold resistant. This includes things like using treated lumber for framing and using mold-resistant drywall. You should also ensure that any HVAC systems you install have proper ventilation to prevent mold growth. Finally, it would be best to use a dehumidifier in the building to keep the relative humidity low and make it less hospitable for mold growth.
If you do all of these things, you can greatly reduce mold problems in your newly constructed building. However, even with all precautions, there is always a chance that mold can still grow. This is why have a professional inspect the building for mold growth after it is completed. By doing this, you can catch any mold growth early and take steps to remediate the problem before it gets out of control.
A qualified mold inspector can identify the source of the problem and recommend a course of action to remediate the issue. Left unchecked, this issue can cause serious health problems for those exposed. Don't risk your health, have your newbuilding inspected for mold today.
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