Will All This Rain Mean Mold in My Building in the Future?
The short answer to the question in the title is “maybe.” In this blog, we’re going to explain what the heavy rains today will mean for your building in the future.
Two big issues for a building experiencing heavy, unrelenting rain, are building envelope and ventilation.
Is there rain coming into the building that you know of? Of course, there is always the possibility that water is coming in and you do not know about it, but very often there are some hints. Do you see any leaks? Staining in the ceiling or walls? Any water pooling where it should not be? Is there any dampness or crumbling around windows or doors? The first course of action is to stop rain from coming into the building.
The next issue is one of ventilation. What adds to the problem of water coming into a building is when there is not enough ventilation to dry it out. There needs to be a prescribed amount of air including fresh air moving throughout the building. And if the weather is cold and damp, heat will help to keep things dry.
Mould requires specific conditions to grow, a certain temperature range, water, and a surface to feed on, like the paper in drywall.
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