Homebuilders could provide a very inexpensive layer of protection by incorporating a prebuild application of an anti-microbial coating on flooring, wall and bare roofing materials. By using ShieldAll 1020, mold and fungi issues would be eliminated for the lifetime of the building.
More and more Americans are concerned about indoor health quality and rightfully so. We tend to spend more time indoors simply because our heating and cooling systems create the environment that allows us to enjoy temperatures and humidity levels that are fairly consistent and can easily be regulated. However, newer building practices and materials have created tighter built homes and buildings that trap the air and moisture inside the building and if you have trapped indoor moisture and consistent indoor temperatures doing battle with variable temperatures and moisture levels outdoors, you are certainly inviting mold to grow.
Molds are an important part of nature and help to break down organic material according to the EPA. However, molds can be incredibly harmful to humans in an area that doesn’t breathe. Mold can lead to a variety of health issues including lung inflammation, sinus issues and allergic reactions which are very common. Literally millions of cases of asthma are directly attributable to damp conditions and exposure to mold in the home.
So what is going on in home building that creates an environment where mold can grow so easily? The National Association of Home Builders says that 28 percent of homebuilders have mold issues during construction. That figure is understandable when you consider that the wood used for construction was probably a living tree 40 days prior to it’s use and that the average home has up to nine thousand gallons of water dropped on it before it can be closed to the elements. But there are other factors that can lead to mold issues in a newer home.
According to a favorite home maintenance blog, How to Look at a House, the number of locations where plumbing is used in a home is increased by 10X over older homes. Instead of one bathroom in an older home, a newer home typically has two full baths and a half bath. Concrete slabs eliminated crawl spaces thus eliminating a water barrier and improved vapor wraps do not allow the building to breathe. Roof construction techniques encourage varied roof lines. Although these are interesting to the eye, where gables intersect with the roof is precisely where they can fail allowing a water incursion that can be trapped in newer homes.
So what can we do? The SCS Truss Blog in a June 10, 2015 post had a list of suggestions. They included the inspection of shipped materials for excessive moisture and mold, storing materials under a roof or off the ground and waiting for good conditions before closing up a build. I would like to add one more.
Homebuilders could provide a very inexpensive layer of protection by incorporating a prebuild application of an anti-microbial coating on flooring, wall and bare roofing materials. By using ShieldAll 1020, mold and fungi issues would be eliminated for the lifetime of the building. If the building that is being protected is in the termite zone, ShieldAll 2020 applied 5 feet up the walls will provide complete protection against wood boring pests… but don’t stop there. An application of ShieldAll 6023 in fire prone areas will give the homeowner the necessary time to exit a fire before the ultimate tragedy could occur.
Modern home building techniques and materials create modern home dwelling issues. Those issues can be mitigated for pennies on the dollar. Contact us at MyShieldAll.com. We can help create a healthy home environment and real peace of mind.