Renovating with Mold

According to some experts, mold is present in up to 60% of the homes in the United States! 

Since mold could be in 6 out of 10 homes, if you are considering a renovation or remodeling project, then it is very important that you understand what to do if you find mold.

Mold spores are allergens and can both cause and exacerbate breathing issues such as asthma and year-round allergies. Mildew produces an unpleasant odor that can be hard to get rid of, especially in persistently damp environments like basements. Mold can make the home an unpleasant, and even unhealthy, place to reside. Mold-Spore-Contamination-300x200

Mold presents structural and indoor air quality issues. Structurally, mold and mildew undermine the building by rotting wood and inviting pests that eat away at supporting walls, beams, and flooring. A home infested with mold and vermin will not stand strong and will require larger, more expensive renovations the longer the problems persist. The challenge during renovation is to eliminate the mold and mildew before building and to make changes to the remodeling plan to ensure that moisture does not build up again and cause similar problems.

If you find mold during the tear down process of drywall, removal of carpet or flooring, and/or during the removal of bathroom fixtures such as the tub, shower liner, etc. your first priority is to determine the extent of the problem. Hire a mold remediation specialist, like PRS, to determine the extent of the damage and re mediate the damaged areas. Since PRS is a one-stop contractor, you will be able to use us for the remodel after the damage has been re mediated

Mold remediation works, but to remove the mold problem permanently, renovation plans should be tailored to prevent further mildew issues. You can propose the following additions to homeowners to help reduce the likelihood of repeat mold infestations:

  • In bathrooms and kitchens, install an exhaust fan, preferably one with a 90 CFM (cubic feet per minute) or higher. Route it to the outside of the home using a wall or roof vent. Be sure to caulk the area between any two meeting joints and any areas where standing water could make its way beneath the surface. Create a watertight seal using silicon or another approved caulk.
  • Allow framing to dry before putting up drywall so that mold does not begin to grow before the renovation is complete.
  • Particularly in bathrooms and kitchens, use mold-resistant drywall and paints.
  • Prevent bulk water intrusion by waterproofing the home, using flashing on the roof, and French drains in the basement.



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