1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

September 21, 2008

:265 Preventing Mold

Filed under: :265 Preventing Mold — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:45 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:265 EcoTip: There are no magic chemicals or treatments that will prevent mold growth. The secrete is keep it dry.

The victims of hurricane Ike are now being let back into their areas to begin recovery. Unfortunately enough time has passed that mold prevention won’t be possible so a lot of mold remediation will be needed. Just as with every other disaster of this nature – there will be a lot of claims about various treatments and coatings that can be used to prevent future problems. Unfortunately the claims don’t hold up to scrutiny. Health problems have been linked with dampness in buildings. Mold is only one of many issues that develop when buildings are damp. Using a chemical treatment and ignoring the underlying moisture simply doesn’t work. Keeping the environment dry always prevents organisms from growing – so why waste the money on chemical treatments that may introduce their own problems.

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Suggested Review: :256, :257, :258, :259, :260, :261, :262, :263, :264

This is the tenth in a series of EcoTips about protecting oneself when remodeling and working around buildings when participating in disaster recovery such as occurred with hurricane Katrina and is going on now with Ike. This information is timely since 2008 is the most active hurricane season since 2005 and many buildings are being damaged.

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