Why Prevent Mold?

Is It Mold or Wood Decay Fungi?

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        Mold                  Wood Decay Fungi

Molds are microscopic fungi that live on organic matter and can be confused with wood decay fungi. Although mold organisms may discolor the wood, they do not break down the wood fibers. Mold requires a high degree of moisture in the air - 60% Relative Humidity or more, for a minimum of 72 hours. It’s true that mold doesn’t rot wood, but it can cause serious health issues for some people.

Wood Decay Fungi generally occur when the moisture content of wood exceeds 20 to 30 percent, coupled with optimal temperatures (32 – 90 degrees F), an adequate supply of oxygen and a suitable source of nutrients. Fungi feed off of cells in the wood and will significantly reduce strength of the wood, if conditions continue over a period of time.

When Do I Need To Treat?

In general, if you can smell it or see it, you need to correct it?

 

Keep Your Family Healthy

The first reason to prevent mold is to keep yourself and your family healthy! Read on to see some of the recent study data on this point.

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A Harvard University Study of ten thousand homes in the United States and Canada found that over half of the homes had water damage and mold. In the study, the presence of mold was associated with a substantially higher level of respiratory problems.

The American Lung Association and the US Consumer Products Safety Commission estimated that one third to one half of all structures within the US have damp conditions which can encourage mold growth. The study goes on to say, “This information is indicative of the problem. Mold doesn’t go away or become healthier over time.”

A Mayo Clinic Study linked nearly all the chronic sinus infections that trouble approximately thirty seven million Americans to mold. Recent studies have also linked mold to the tripling of the asthma rate over the past 20 years.

According to the EPA 90% of our time is spent indoors.

Preserve Your Investment

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When purchasing a home, many potential buyers are turned away from a purchase when mold is found - even if the seller offers to get rid of the problem. Statistics show that property values drop from 5%-60% when there is a history of mold.

The Insurance Information Institute states, “Mold has become one of the most costly environmental claims today affecting property owners, builders/contractors as well as construction material manufacturers.” 

 

Property Depreciation: studies show that since 84% of the general market is resistant to buying a property with a previous mold history, there have been reports of property deprecations of up to 60% if a property has a history of mold. Mold prevention is the key to avoiding this scenario.

Indoor Air Quality: Structures built today are more efficient than ever before. According to the EPA, 90% of our time is spent indoors. Current building codes stress efficiency, but fail to deal with the issues of inner-wall condensation that has lead to 1 in 2 structures in the US and Canada having moist conditions suitable to sustain mold growth (per a Harvard University Study).  

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Prevent Mold and Pests In Your Home

 

mold inspectionWhere there is moisture, there is mold and pests. EUI EnviroPro LLC will provide a FREE inspection identifying water intrusion points and moisture sources. We will provide recommendations to resolve these issues.

Conditions Conducive for Mold and Pests

  • In areas where the humidity is above 50% for at least part of the year.
  • Downspouts clogged or not working properly will provide harborage and water intrusion into the home.
  • Negative landscape grading which allows water to pool and may cause foundation failure and water intrusion.
  • Efflorescence is a visible condition where hard minerals are moving to the interior of a wall or foundation.
  • Organic staining may be an indication of dormant or actively growing mold

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