While you might expect mold in old houses, it is not absent even in newly constructed ones and it has become a problem. Mold grows in the presence of water and thrives if it finds itself in warm temperatures. The reasons why mold appears in recently constructed homes are a couple. The main reason is the damp and wet materials that are being used to construct the building and the fact that it may be not properly dried. During the heavy raining season the process of construction is slow and the materials are left exposed to the rain and other bad conditions. When the weather finally clears up, the constructors rush to install the materials and sometimes do not make sure they are properly dried.
The drywall being damp prior to being installed and the humidity in that space was not controlled. This leads up to mold appearing after just a few days.
Another reason is the basements with no insulation that can create a moist environment and brings structural issues and mold infestations.
What can be done to prevent this?
Before you start building, inform yourself about this problem and ask the contractors for extra care and inspections to avoid further issues.
- When creating the foundation, it is very important to be completed in one fill so leaks and cracks won’t develop.
- Use antimicrobial and anti-mold coatings and sealers.
- Install roof vents and try drying in the building by installing a water-tight roof, sealed windows, and other openings to prevent any water from entering the house.
- Install dehumidifiers during the construction process to eliminate new sources of humidity.
- If you are buying a newly constructed or built home, inspect for mold and identify any problem before you sign anything.
What are the signs of mold in a newly constructed home?
The main sign is seeing mold appear on surfaces but you can’t always see the mold. Sometimes you don’t even notice that this is becoming an issue inside the place you live. Thinking that you just built or reconstructed your home, these problems wouldn’t appear in such a short time. However, there are times that you won’t visibly see the mold growth that’s why you need to pay attention to some other signs like:
- Musty smell;
- Discoloration and stains on the walls and ceilings;
- Walls becoming soft and the paint peeling and cracking etc;
What to do if you find mold?
Cleaning the mold with drugstore cleaning products and DIY-ing it’s just temporary and won’t solve the problem. The mold will eventually appear again. The best thing you can do is to contact a mold removal company and have them send a specialist to your house. He can make a proper inspection, determine the issue, causes and give you a professional solution. File a claim with your insurance company. In most cases, they will cover the costs of the repairs.
Why CPR24 Restoration?
CPR24 Restoration is a full-service mold, asbestos remediation, and water damage restoration company. What it means is that we offer the full scale of solutions needed for complete removal and prevention of mold and water damage. From identifying the cause by having professional house inspection to fixing any design flaws or tubing associated with it to repairing or replacing the affected areas, and the prevention of further mold by removal and sealing to rigorous testing to detect any traces of new problematics, we strive to be a leader in the remediation and the restoration industry.
By following our team tips, you easily will protect your family and your house in areas such as bathroom walls and floors, however, if you have a significant health issue, please call CPR24 Restoration as soon as possible. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our 24/7 support team will be more than happy to help you.