There is always some mold everywhere - in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows everywhere there is moisture.  It is absolutely vital that any new homes being built are protected sufficiently.

Excessive or chronic moisture in your house can compromise its value. It's critical to be on the lookout for signs of moisture, and to take action to correct the cause of the problem.

A silent troublemaker, moisture can build up in a house and lead to extensive problems. It can creep into your home's roof, walls and foundation from many sources: rainfall from the outside, steam from showers and laundry rooms inside, and less obvious sources, such as cooking and even our own breath. Excessive moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow, over time, affect the structural integrity of building materials and compromise indoor air quality.

Because mold and mildew can be symptoms of poor building envelope performance, it's important to understand why it occurs.

Why Moisture Problems Are On The Rise
Homes are built to control moisture through design features like overhangs, gutters and flashing. However, some modern homes, for a variety of reasons, have encountered moisture-related performance problems.

  One of the causes, undoubtedly, is that houses today are designed and built with more corners, angles, hips, slopes, nooks, crannies, and other design features that place greater demands on proper detailing and workmanship to keep the weather and water out. Those demands are not always met. Compounding the problem is the growing shortage of skilled construction workers. Modern energy codes may also be a contributing factor. By encouraging houses to be sealed tightly, these codes, experts point out, can exacerbate interior condensation problems, as well as indoor air quality concerns.

When you are in the mold remediation business you hear the statement "the only bad mold is black mold" all the time. Well maybe. Toxic molds can be black. The can be grey. They can be many colors. But how can you tell? That's pretty simple: do a test. Get a lab analysis. No magic - just the facts.

That's why MoldStoppers preaches testing. We find out what type, how much (a spore count from an independent lab), and where's it located. Then after we remediate it, we test again. Did we do our job? I'm sure you, the customer, would like to be sure.

To find out more about how Moldstoppers™ can protect you from not only the threat of mold...but also potential liability, just fill out our online questionnaire and we'll contact you with answers.

(This information is from  http://www.buildabetterhome.org)

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