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All About Homes Built To Resist Mold

Aug 18, 2008
Numerous advances in architecture and construction are designed everyday. As the population increases in America and worldwide, people are demanding better-designed homes and improvements in the overall design and architecture of the home. With that in mind, one specific need every new home must have is to be able to withstand the development of mold. While mold is overlooked in the majority of households nowadays, it is increasingly becoming an everyday problem.

Moisture-resistant products are being produced to help ensure a home's defenses against moisture and the elements. Woods are treated with a special sealant so that moisture cannot penetrate it and cause mold. Insulation is also treated with certain chemicals so that it can withstand the development of moisture and mold.

One of the latest features in the majority of new homes is that they are energy-efficient. Although this is a positive, the downside is that newer homes usually meet just the minimum requirement for space in all of its rooms. For example, if the minimum requirement for a bedroom space is 9'x9', chances are all bedrooms in the home, except for the master bedroom, will be this size. This tight design is a perfect breeding ground for moisture to grow because there is less space for air to travel. Better air ventilation decreases the chances to mold to grow.

The accumulation of moisture in the home can be easily prevented if the right tools are at hand. Properly insulated windows will make sure that moisture does not build up the glass and then consequently onto the windowsill itself. Homeowners will know and testify against the damage that mold can cause on their sills.

There are some common questions a prospective homebuyer should ask before signing the papers for their new home. First, they need to ask if the walls are waterproof. Mold can grow underneath the tiles in your bathroom and kitchen, where water is most often used, if they are installed on top of paper-covered wallboard. The same can be asked about the insulation. Is it mold and moisture-resistant? Are the other building materials in your home moisture-resistant? Have they been treated with a special additive to prevent this moisture build-up?

Perhaps one of the most important rooms in the house is also the most prone to developing mold, and that is the bathroom. The bathroom must have proper ventilation. Proper building code specify that a bathroom must either have an exhaust fan or a window to properly let moisture out. You can take a step further in prevention by opening the window and using your fan when taking a shower.
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