“Many of our customers here in the Chicago area say this is the No. 1 reason they want to prevent mold. We don't want to cause fear, but the fact is that mold is dangerous. We offer prevention services to give peace of mind to homeowners.”
A Harvard University Study of 10,000 homes in the United States and Canada found that over half had water damage and mold. In the study, the presence of mold was associated with a substantially higher level of respiratory problems.
The American Lung Association and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimated that one-third to one-half of all structures within the United States have damp conditions, which can encourage mold growth. The study goes on to say: “This information is indicative of the problem. Mold doesn’t go away or become healthier over time.”
A Mayo Clinic Study established a link between mold and nearly all the chronic sinus infections that trouble approximately 37 million Americans. Recent studies have also linked mold to the tripling of the asthma rate over the past 20 years.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 90% of our time is spent indoors.
Maintain Property Values
“For property owners, a big reason to prevent mold is to maintain property values. If you wait until mold shows up, the value of your property can take a hit.”
CertainTeed Research finds that 95% of those surveyed would favor a mold-prevention program for new construction. Such programs include new-construction protocol, use of mold-resistant building materials, and inspection regimes with sign-offs and certifications.
Property depreciation: Studies show that 84% of the general market is resistant to buying a property with a previous mold history. As a result, there have been reports of property depreciation of as much as 60% for properties with a history of mold. Mold prevention is the key to avoiding this scenario.
Indoor air quality: Structures built today are more efficient than ever. According to the U.S. EPA, 90% of our time is spent indoors. Current building codes stress efficiency, but fail to deal with the issues of inner-wall condensation, which has led to 1 in 2 structures in the United States and Canada having moist conditions suitable to sustain mold growth (per a Harvard University Study).
Prevent Costly Repairs
“Another great reason to prevent mold is avoiding the high costs of mold removal.”
The Insurance Information Institute states, “Mold has become one of the most costly environmental claims today, affecting property owners, builders and contractors, as well as construction material manufacturers.”
High remediation costs: While remediation has been the traditional method for dealing with mold growth, its high cost — averaging almost $40,000 — and failure to guarantee against future growth is a big reason we exist. Mold Proof works to prevent the growth of mold in the first place.
Property displacement is an unpleasant surprise for homeowners when mold is discovered! Mold remediation can take weeks and sometimes months to accomplish. Since insurance companies have protected themselves by instituting mold “exclusions,” the property owner is left holding the financial responsibility for temporary housing, moving, and furniture replacement.