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Mold Control Begins with Moisture Control, Remediation

Written by  Paul Harkins

Concern is growing about potential health risks due to the presence of fungi in the buildings in which we live, work, learn, recuperate and play. Mold control is one of the major challenges being faced today by owners and managers of buildings, with good reason: Issues related to mold include legal liability and the specter of litigation, difficulties obtaining insurance, as well as the costs associated with mold abatement. Mold and fungus are present in almost all materials in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal structures. For example, just one square-inch of surface on drywall may contain from one to 10 million spores. Spores can survive without moisture, remaining dormant for decades, even centuries. In order to grow, mold requires air, suitable temperatures and a moist nutrient. Of those, moisture is the major contributor as a “food medium” that sustains mold. The moisture does not need to be in liquid form. Because microscopic organisms