Mold and mildew present big problems to homeowners. Mold can grow on virtually anything, including walls, wood and insulation. Providing adequate ventilation and using mould-resistant materials can help inhibit mould growth.
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Several companies now produce sheetrock and gypsum wall panels manufactured with mould inhibitors throughout the panel. Cement wall boards are water resistant, another key factor in inhibiting mould growth. These products outperform standard sheetrock and green board for inhibiting mould in damp areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements.
Premium paint products contain some degree of mildewcide, substances which kill mould. Other paints are specifically formulated to fight new mould growth, as indicated on the label. These products typically keep the paint mould-free for the life of the coating. However, even the best mould-inhibiting paint will not prevent mould growth if the surface beneath harbours mould spores. Before painting, clean the surface thoroughly.
Even mould-resistant products offer little protection against eventual mould growth if dampness is uncontrolled. Adequate ventilation and the elimination of unwanted moisture and water are key to controlling mould growth on walls.
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