A mold-infested house is a health hazard as it can worsen respiratory problems and cause skin irritation and coughs. You want to arrest mold problems before they worsen. Are you exempt from mold if you live in a new home? And should you be extra worried about mold if you live in an older home?
Here are a few factors that make your home, whether old or new, susceptible to mold.
Mold is caused by excess moisture on surfaces. When this moisture finds a conducive environment, then mold will form.
Behind every leak, there is a likelihood of mold. Older homes are more likely to have leaks, because of wear and tear of fixtures. However, newer homes with leaks could also get mold.
Poor ventilation, typical of houses built in the 70s can be a factor favoring mold growth. Older homes may not have central AC to remove moisture from the air. Window AC systems are not that efficient at this.
As a result, older homes are more likely to be humid; creating a perfect environment for mold growth.
The architectural style and building materials used in a home can promote or deter mold growth.
Materials that hold water for longer are better at keeping away the mold. Mold will only form when the water saturation level of the material is attained.
Here's a look at a few building materials and how they perform with regards to mold growth.
Solid lumber from heartwood is common in older homes. It holds water for long and therefore less likely to attract mold.
Some materials, commonly used in newer houses are prone to mold attacks. These include plywood, drywall paper, MDF, and particle boards.
If the foundation is properly laid, bricks are the best material against mold. However, because of lower standards of construction, modern brick houses are more likely to attract molds than older brick houses.
To avoid mold growth, the foundation of brick homes should be laid in such a way as to protect the wooden frames from leaks. All leaks through the walls should go to exterior walls.
Older homes are more likely to have molds as a result of leaks. However, age is not all there is to mold growth. Other factors such as building materials and ventilation are equally important. Whether you live in an old or a new house, don't take chances. Get your home inspected for mold by a competent mold removal services company like DiBiaso's Cleaning and Restoration, Inc.