How To Put A Stop To Mold & Mildew Growth

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Getting rid of mold – or mould, if that’s your preferred spelling – or mildew from a building or dwelling, and preventing its return, is vital for the health of its occupants. Trusscore products help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

Whether you spell it the American style, without the “u,” or the British version, with the “u,” mold, or mould, is definitely not something you want in your house.

And the same goes for its closely related cousin, mildew.

The problem with mold and mildew? They can make you sick. Particularly if you have an underlying condition like asthma, an immune suppression issue, or lung or respiratory problems. The most common symptoms of mold exposure are a stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, skin rash, cough, and wheezing. The U.S.-based Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says that severe reactions can include fever and shortness of breath.

Mold and mildew are funguses, or fungi, for those who know their Latin. A fungus exists naturally in the environment and mold fungus spores can enter a building or dwelling through doors, windows, vents, and HVAC systems. Spores can attach to clothing, shoes, or even pets.

Remove the moisture source

When a spore finds moisture or a water source, it will grow. Basements and garages – which tend to be damp – are common places where mold and mildew will occur. Many cellulose-based building products – and drywall is a prime culprit, as are carpet and wood – provide additional nutrients for mold growth.

There’s no way around it — existing mold or mildew in any room must be removed. A scrub brush combined with common detergents and bleach will normally achieve good-to-excellent results.

Once removed, the key to preventing the return of mold and mildew in a house is to remove its moisture source. Actions that a homeowner can take include fixing leaks, waterproofing basement walls, installing water and sump pumps, not leaving wet laundry indoors, and making liberal use of air conditioners and dehumidifiers, which reduce the amount of moisture in the air.

Once moisture has been eliminated, or at the very least curtailed, the next key prevention step is to remove cellulose-based products from your home, office, or commercial establishment and replace them with a non-cellulose alternative. Doing so will act as a backstop that will help interrupt mold growth, even if moisture were to make a return.

Trusscore products shed water

Mold-resistant building materials help reduce and even eliminate mold in homes.

Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard, for example, is an ideal replacement for drywall. It’s a PVC-based product, meaning it sheds water. Unlike drywall, it won’t swell or degrade when it gets wet. Most importantly, it’s a mold-resistant wallboard, meaning it won’t support mold growth. That makes it perfect for areas of your home where moisture is often present: the garage, basement, laundry rooms, mudrooms, and the like.

And if mold or mildew were to occur, Trusscore products clean with a simple wipe. They won’t be harmed by detergents or bleach.

Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard is long-lasting, easy to install (even for a do-it-yourselfer), and delivers a clean, bright look that reflects natural light, making it ideal for typically dark rooms like a basement or garage.

Molds and mildew are not to be trifled with, nor accommodated. Quite aside from the unpleasant odor that accompanies mold, the health of your family and guests is at stake.

So, whether you spell it with a “u” or not, reduce the likelihood of mold making itself at home in your home by installing mold-resistant materials like Trusscore Wall&CeilingBoard instead of drywall. 

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