Mold is a health hazard that many Americans face everyday. Though the climate in Arizona is dry, this does not mean mold cannot grow. Unfortunately, construction defects sometimes aid in the growth of mold within buildings. Today we will look at some of these defects.
Buildings.com takes a look at mold concerns in the construction industry. Most of them have to do with environments that retain moisture. Areas that do not have proper ventilation are also a concern. In order for mold to flourish, it needs several things. This includes a source of water, the proper temperature and a lack of direct sunlight. This is why basements, crawl spaces and bathrooms are susceptible to mold growth.
Construction defects that contribute to mold growth often involve water. In wet climates, improper window installation allows rain into the house. This causes mold to grow. Even in dry and hot climates, windows without proper insulation may lead to mold growth. For example, condensation on windows is often enough to encourage mold growth.
Defects with the pipe system also cause mold to grow. If there is even a single leak within the walls, this creates an ideal environment for mold. These walls protect mold from sunlight exposure. Due to insulation, wall interiors often fall within the ideal temperature range. If you add water to the mix, any mold spores in the area may take root and grow in no time.
These are only a few possible sources of mold growth in the home. Construction workers and experts in the industry should be aware of these issues.