Mold eats whatever it grows on. It could eat you out of house and home. Do not ignore home maintenance and mold clues. Your home may become a mold victim when you ignore roof leaks, plumbing leaks, sewer line leaks, water stains on ceilings, the indoor smell of mold, visual mold growth, high humidity in your home (above 50 Degree Fahrenheit), or a wet and damp attic, basement or crawl spaces. Even when these problems are corrected does not mean that mold colonies have not already been started and are spreading. Do not assume there is no mold problem because of no visible mold growth. The worst infestation problems are often the ones you cannot see, like inside floors, ceilings, walls, basements, attics, crawl spaces, heating and cooling ducts.
Do you think a new home is mold-free? Forget it! In today's home construction, it is almost guaranteed.
HOPING THAT A NEW HOME IS MOLD FREE. Today's new homes often come with built-in mold infestation problems because:
(a) moldy building materials are received from the builder's supplier - today's timbers are not kiln-dried as in earlier times, and thus contain a high internal moisture content that makes mold growth possible in the timbers;
(b) the builder and its supervisors and employees fail to do quality control to inspect for, and, thus prevent moldy building materials from being used in the home's construction;
(c) the builder stores the inventory of building materials on the outside ground with no plastic sheeting to protect the building materials from rain (which thus supplies the necessary water to enable mold to grow in and on the materials);
(d) the construction crew fails to cover the entire home under construction with plastic sheeting at the end of each construction day to protect the building materials from rain (which thus supplies the necessary water to enable mold to grow in and on the materials). The roof and side walls need to be protected against rain until the entire roof, siding, windows, and doors are totally installed to seal out rain;
(e) the builder fails to inspect and test the home for mold growth while it is being construction and at the home's completion;
(f) use of modern building materials like chip wafer boards, drywall (plasterboard) and plywood, all of which molds love to eat; and
(g) failure to spray all wood-based construction materials on all surfaces with at least one spraying of the EPA-registered fungicide Coverage Plus and at least one spraying of the EPA-registered Tim-bor wood protectant.