Mold Prevention Coatings
Dr. Lipsey & Contractor Greg Weatherman
On 8/27/04, Greg Weatherman wrote:
You are placing way too much trust into antifungal sealers, paints and coatings. Pay more attention to correcting the cause of the water or condensation intrusion. There is no antifungal sealer, paint or coating that can win the fight against mold and spore-forming bacteria if the source of water or condensation intrusion is not corrected.
It is reckless to use an antifungal sealer, paint or coating on the seal plate and rim joist (band joist) of a home. These structural wood members need to be able to dry to the indoors and outdoors unless you live in the hot and humid Southeast like Florida. In Florida, they have to be able to dry to the indoors. There is a load of free information on: www.buidingscience.com
On 9/07/04, Dr. Richard Lipsey, toxicologist wrote:
Greg: Thanks for your important comments on this chatboard.
We need more people like you who have real world experience. I like what you did on those two homes in VA. recently (remediation ) for the Lewis and Roberts Law firm.
Dr. Richard L. Lipsey
Well to all of you that posted in regard to this aspect of protection, these coatings are better to have than not to have. There is a new company called Bio-Barrier, LLC that has a mold coating that is applied during the building process that does safely inhibit mold/fungi/algae growth. They also modify all other environments against pathogenic microorganisms. It is a great step in the right direction for sure! Also, to those who think that these services and products are not worth consideration are uneducated and close-minded. Yes prevention is the idea; however, that is what these companies are offering- added protection/prevention that is verifiable and affordable. Keep in mind, that microbes are never going away. Going after the source/cause of microbial growth etc, is necessary, but other security measures couldnŐt hurt. Check out www.bio-barrier.net. They are the future!