This is something we have seen more and more in recent years in the Charlotte area- mold formation in the crawlspaces of brand new homes. We are literally seeing it before the rough plumbing and electrical are completed in some cases. But why?
The main contributor in today’s residential construction relates to our current building techniques. Our homes are built air tight (or close to it). Tongue and groove subfloors, home wraps, foam sealants, dual-pane windows, insulated doors and vapor-taped exterior seals on openings are creating environments that do not allow free-moisture exchange via, what is known as, the “stack effect”. If the vapor cannot ventilate vertically through the home, it becomes trapped in lower areas like the crawlspace or basement; raising wood moisture and humidity levels. This can rapidly lead to fungal growth on the organic substrate.
While this “tightening” of the construction of our homes serves to benefit us in energy savings and comfort down the road, these methods do us few favors in terms of providing for fresh air exchange with the outside in the short-term, which can be vital in drying out a crawlspace to prevent mold spore proliferation in the first place.
If you’ve had the unpleasant privilege of dealing with a mold remediation bill on a brand-new home, you will know what a frustrating and profit-consuming thing this can be. We have prevention services that can eliminate mold growth as a possibility, while providing a fully-transferrable warranty against mold growth in the property so that your buyers are getting piece-of-mind with their purchase.
And all of this can cost far less than you might think (certainly less than a mold remediation bill.)
We have seen many construction projects where this has occurred. But, be assured, there are preventative measures that can be taken. We are in the business of providing these solutions to our customers, which include builders, renovators, investors, and real estate professionals alike. We have a range of vapor retarding solutions, ventilation systems, dehumidification appliances and even sealants or coatings that can provide a complete mold-proofing barrier over the wood material, insuring that fungal proliferation will not occur.
Reach out to us at Intellivent to learn more about mold removal in Charlotte. We are happy to help you make sure the first thing living in the new home you’re building is the person buying it and not mold.