We can treat fungal amplification on wood framing, substrate and pre-fabricated joists and materials, quickly and effectively. And if the growth is heavy throughout the building, we can apply a fungicidal coating to beautify and protect the materials from future moisture events. We offer a fast, affordable, and effective anti-microbial treatment and a top-of-the-line fungicidal coating for any wood materials to treat and avoid contamination during construction. Even most large projects can be completed within 1-7 DAYS, allowing construction to continue on schedule and under budget. (Ask for references of recent large-scale jobs!)
Molds are incapable of obtaining the moisture needed for their development directly from the atmosphere, but they can obtain it from a substrate, which has absorbed moisture from moist air (60% to 100% relative humidity). The relative humidity of the air has an indirect effect on fungal growth, and the more hygroscopic a material was, the more susceptible it is to mold growth. The minimum moisture content at which mold growth occurs depends o the material and usually ranges from 10% to 14%. Suitable substrates include carpet fibers, gypsum, concrete, bricks, etc.
Mold and New Construction
Although the emphasis on mold in the courts and in the media is relatively new, mold has always been in our environment. Mold is a naturally occurring type of fungus that requires just two things in order to grow: a food source; and sufficient moisture. A variety of construction materials can provide the food source including: ceiling tiles, carpet, insulation and, perhaps most commonly, the paper backing of drywall. The necessary moisture may be provided by a single event — a broken pipe, for example — or may result from construction and/or environmental conditions that allow water infiltration or, over time, create condensation or humidity. Mold may grow either through expansion on a moist surface or through the dispersal of spores into the air.
Dangers of Mold
Generally, within 48 hours after getting wet, invisible mold growth has started on wet woods and paper-backed products such as sheetrock. After about four days, mold growth on surfaces is visible in the form of discoloration. Because molds digest organic material, they gradually destroy whatever they grow on. Moisture damage contributes to over 90% of all reported building material failures. According to the National Association of Home Builders, moisture damage costs builders in the U.S. aproximately 5.3 billion dollars per year in new construction and 9 billion dollars in existing housing.
Mold Related Claims
Mold is a growing concern for the building industry as the number of mold related lawsuits skyrockets. The filing of mold-related cases is on the rise, and recent large jury verdicts and media attention undoubtedly will encourage the filing of even more lawsuits. Virtually every participant in the building industry — owners, contractors, designers and material suppliers — faces some potential exposure to mold claims.
MoldSprayers LLC can help
Our Mold Prevention Specialists can help limit your exposure to mold liability. Our advanced prevention services include the application of proprietary technologies once the structure is framed. These technologies work to prohibit mold, mildew and algae growth on all wood surfaces. This application provides a barrier that prevents mold from forming on treated studs.
Molds do not require liquid water to grow. They only require relative humidity levels from 65% to 99% at the
surface on which they grow. If you keep the humidity low enough, you can prevent mold growth. Maintaining
relative humidity below 50% inhibits mold and mildew growth, dust mite infestations, and bacteria. This lowerrelative humidity also reduces the out-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In colder climates, wintertime humidity levels must be even lower — generally, 25% to 40% (to prevent condensation on windows).
To protect your respiratory system indoors, the relative humidity should be above 25%.