Buying a new home should give you a peace of mind and confidence to think that there should not be anything to worry about…. right? Well, unfortunately, this is not always the case. Just because a home is new, does not mean it is mold free! 

You have mold in your home because there is excess moisture, required by mold to grow. WHY do brand new homes have excessive moisture?  Excellent question! We have run into many cases of mold found in homes that were less than a year old.  We first wondered and asked ourselves how this would be happening? During the beginning process of building a home, the home is normally open enough to where rain, and humidity factors can affect the home in the future if the building process isn’t handled properly. If humidity isn’t controlled before putting insulation and vapor barriers in, chances for mold growth are optimal!  Once windows have been installed, builders can proceed to efficiently manage humidity levels before proceeding with insulation and vapor barrier installation. Another contributing factor to mold growth in newer homes is the fact that building construction has changed.  A key component of mold growth is food.  Mold will not grow without proper food to feed on.  In the past, homes were built primarily with plywood and timber which are not as porous, making it harder for mold to get into the surface.  Today, new builders use more OSB and particle board.  OSB and particle board are more porous and act like a sponge to mositure and allow mold spores to penetrate easily.  When condensation forms on OSB it turns to mold very quickly.

Regardless of where you live, before you move into a brand new home, get answer to these questions:
  1. When was the home built?
  2. Was it built during a period of abundant rainfall and/or high humidity
  3. Did the builder dry the house properly?
  4. Did the home builder control the humidity before putting in the insulation and installing the vapor barrier?

If you are in the market to purchase a new home or have concerns about mold in your home, contact a professional in your area for a mold inspection.  We are here to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us at, (904) 448-1030, …Problem Solved!