“One third to one half of all structures have damp conditions that may encourage development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria, which can cause allergic reactions — including asthma — and spread infectious diseases.”
This finding is reported on the Mold Resources page of the US EPA website. Other studies indicate that indoor air pollutants, like mold, are the likely culprit for 50% of all illnesses. This staggering data demonstrates the importance of taking the necessary steps to provide your family with the safest, cleanest indoor air quality (free of mold) as possible. And when it comes to preventing mold, spray foam insulation is the best option! Continue reading to learn about mold growth and why, to best prevent mold in your home, you should add spray foam insulation to your to-do list this year.
The Truth About Mold
You probably already know that mold tends to grow in warm, damp environments. It’s usually a first concern after a water leak occurs within a building. But did you know that you don’t need a leak to promote mold growth? In fact, it can take just a small amount of moisture to create the perfect environment for mold to thrive, leading to airborne spores that endanger the health of you and your family.
Aside from leaking pipes, one of the most common causes of mold growing indoors is condensation. Condensation occurs inside the home when water vapors reach cool surfaces and turn into liquid. Once you have condensation, you have an ideal environment for mold to grow. One area of your home that harbors mold, while remaining undetected, is in the walls of your home. Therefore, preventing condensation within the walls of your home is key to preventing the growth of mold. To do this, spray foam insulation is the best choice and here’s why.
Reducing Condensation by Regulating Surface Temperatures
When spray foam is used to insulate a home, the conditioned air and surface temperatures remain constant, limiting the chance of condensation. Another factor that limits the ability for condensation to occur is that spray foam won’t allow conditioned air to pass through your home. Whereas, with fiberglass or cellulose insulation, some conditioned air can pass through and therefore contributes to a higher energy bill and increased likelihood of moisture from condensation.
Spray Foam Doesn’t Settle
Unlike fiberglass, spray foam holds in place and doesn’t settle, even over time. In fact, spray foam insulation can expand up to 100 times its size to fill every crevice within the walls of the home. Installing fiberglass or cellulose insulation is tedious work and even when placed strategically results in settlement and small gaps that allow air leakage and promote moisture. But with spray foam, you can be assured all internal spaces are adequately sealed to lock in conditioned or heated air and keep moisture out.
Water-Resistance Is Key
Other insulation types are prone to absorb or wick water, ultimately promoting mold growth. Spray foam generally allows moisture or water leaks to drain through and won’t absorb the water. By allowing the water to drain through, homeowners can more easily repair leaks and clean up the water.
To protect households from toxic mold growth, homeowners should focus on staying ahead of condensation and moisture within the walls and hidden places of their home. To do this effectively, choose spray foam over other insulation types for the reasons mentioned in this article. If you’re in the Columbia, South Carolina area, Contact the Pros at Genuine Property Solutions to learn about our mold remediation techniques and to schedule spray foam installation in your home.