As the economy improves and more people build new homes and commercial buildings, it’s extremely important to be vigilant about the condition of the products within the structure.
Mold is a serious threat but can be easily controlled from the beginning of the process. It’s not a question of if the materials might have mold, it’s a question of where it might be and what plan is in place for addressing it when it’s found.
Mold is everywhere in our environment and has many beneficial qualities. One place we don’t want mold is on the building materials going in our new structures. There are some simple steps you can take to address the issue as soon as it’s discovered:
– Test the materials to be sure they are dry when you get them. Then test for moisture before you close up walls and ceilings, etc.
– Don’t allow any material with visible mold, color doesn’t matter, on the job site and certainly don’t use it in the construction.
– If you do find mold on a piece of lumber, clean it before it’s used.
– If you find mold on studs or sheathing after it’s been installed clean immediately.
As the structure is completed be sure flashings, water shedding and water proofing are done correctly and completely to keep even small amounts of water from entering the building envelope.
It doesn’t end with the structural components though; there are many finishes within the building that could have mold. Be vigilant and look for visible mold. If you find it, have the material removed or cleaned if appropriate.
by Kent Rawhouser, President, A&J Specialty Services, Inc. DKI
Kent founded A&J Specialty Services, Inc. DKI 30 years ago and operates on the cutting edge of the restoration industry. He is an expert in mold remediation, water, fire and sewag restoration and is also President of the Indoor Air Quality Association. Click the link for more information on Kent’s expertise and background.