Mold is a fungus that is responsible for decaying organic matter such as food or plant material. Though it is a necessary part of the cycle of life in nature, mold can be a nuisance when it grows in or on a home. It can destroy furniture, carpets and wood siding and can cause serious health issues. There are several products that help homeowners seal out mold. Sealing out mold is especially important in homes in damp climates that are susceptible to mold growth.
Mold Resistant Paint
Mold resistant paint contains mold- and mildew-prevention chemicals, which help keep interior or exterior walls mold free. Manufacturers of mold resistant paints generally guarantee that the wall will remain mold-free as long as the paint is intact. However, because mold resistant paints do not contain any mold-killing agents, they will only work when all of the mold has been removed from the wall prior to painting it. Remove the mold from the wall with a 3:1 water and bleach mixture before painting it with mold resistant paint, according to Paint Pro. Outdoor mold resistant paint contains the maximum amount of mold-prevention chemicals that the Environmental Protection Agency will allow. Indoor mold resistant paints use weaker mold-prevention chemicals that are also commonly used in kitchen and bathroom appliances.
Mold Resistant Shower Curtains
Some shower curtain manufacturers use Ultra-fresh to help mold from penetrating their products. Ultra-fresh is a chemical antimicrobial treatment that limits the growth and reproduction of mold by attacking the cells of the mold. These mold resistant shower curtains seal mold out of your shower. By preventing mold from growing in a shower curtain, homeowners are also ensuring that there is a lower mold spore count in their bathroom than if they used a regular shower curtain. This is especially important for those with a mold allergy or asthma, pregnant women, or the elderly who are more susceptible to the negative effects of mold growth.
Mold Air Filters
Mold air filters prevent microscopic mold spores from spreading throughout a home or building. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters trap 99.97 percent of these spores. This is an especially important way of sealing out mold as it is the mold spores and not necessarily mold growth that causes negative health effects. This is also important for homeowners to use if their basement or laundry room is connected to their home ventilation system. This is because mold commonly grows in damp and warm parts of a house. HEPA filters can be used in air purifiers, ventilation systems, air-intake systems or even in personal dust masks.