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    Re: Mold Prevention coatings applied during new construction

    Posted by Steve on 10/19/04

    On 10/13/04, Rick S wrote:
    > On 10/13/04, George H wrote:
    >> On 9/28/04, Steve wrote:
    >>> On 9/16/04, Todd wrote:
    >>>> On 9/15/04, Tom wrote:
    >>>>> On 9/08/04, Robert wrote:
    >>>>>> On 9/07/04, John wrote:
    >>>>>>> On 9/07/04, Mike wrote:
    >>>>>>>> On 8/16/04, Norm Sherwood wrote:
    >>>>>>>>> On 8/02/04, Ljc wrote:
    >>>>>>>>>> I recently ran across a company called American Mold Guard.
    >>>>>>>>>> (Irvine, CA). They provide a ten year warranty against mold
    >>>>>>>>>> growth on the application of their anti-mold surface
    >>>>>>>>>> coating product which is applied during new construction on
    >>>>>>>>>> interior framing and walls. Has anyone heard of this
    >>>>>>>>>> company or product? Does it make any sense...?
    >>>>>>>>> I have actually dealt with EnviroCare for my mold issues -
    >>>>>>>>> Try them at
    >>>>>>>> I have been using MicroShield for over 2 years now. You should
    >>>>>>>> give them a call or look them up on line at
    >>>>>>> I have read what many have said about the need to find the
    >>>>>>> building defect and correct it and I couldn’t agree more.
    >>>>>>> Although as a Director of Construction for a national builder I
    >>>>>>> have many supers and many tradesmen involved in building my
    >>>>>> homes
    >>>>>>> and defects happen.
    >>>>>>> I have been using the MicroShield pretreatment for 3 years now
    >>>>>> on
    >>>>>>> all of the homes built in my division and have tested the homes
    >>>>>>> as much as 3 yrs after treatment after a water intrusion event.
    >>>>>>> When called for any leak our protocol is to react to it within
    >>>>>> 24
    >>>>>>> hrs. We take every opportunity to test the product to determine
    >>>>>>> its effectiveness.
    >>>>>>> In an industry (production homebuilding) where everything is an
    >>>>>>> option to control hard cost MicroShield is a standard. It is
    >>>>>> the
    >>>>>>> homebuyer’s decision to purchase a humidistat or a mechanical
    >>>>>>> dehumidifier it is our responsibility as builders to provide
    >>>>>> them
    >>>>>>> with the most protection we can if the choose not to.
    >>>>>>> To date using accredited testing labs the protective coating is
    >>>>>>> still in place and is preventing microbial growth. While this
    >>>>>> is
    >>>>>>> not going to prevent all mold growth it will not allow mold to
    >>>>>>> grow on any treated surface. I have surface mold growth on
    >>>>>>> untreated drywall localized by the pre-treatment contained to a
    >>>>>>> level 1 size area (10 sq ft or less) that can be easily removed
    >>>>>>> with a control bag by our warranty techs that have been mold
    >>>>>>> certified.
    >>>>>>> We have saved our division countless dollars by minimizing our
    >>>>>>> exposure. I consider it risk prevention. The last 2 years
    >>>>>> with
    >>>>>>> MicroShield we have spent $0 on mold remediation and an average
    >>>>>>> of $650 on mold protection per home.
    >>>>>>> We will continue to pre-treat all of our homes with MicroSield
    >>>>>>> as we continue to train o supers ad tradesmen to produe the
    >>>>>>> ever-elusive defect free production
    >>>>>>> Look up MicroShield at I don’t think
    >>>>>>> the others have been around as long and are definitely not as
    >>>>>>> affordable.
    >>>>>> I just looked at the microshield web site,there is one big problem
    >>>>>> with this product. The 2 step application. As a builder, I need
    >>>>>> a one and done application. I can't back up my mechanicals any
    >>>>>> more than they already are. Plus, I don't want something that
    >>>>>> will encapsulate the mold, I want it gone. I would never use the
    >>>>>> microshield program, if you read the fine print on their warranty,
    >>>>>> you could do alot better.
    >>>>> I agree as a builder I want the mold gone as well.
    >>>>> I just can’t afford the remediation cost involved with the removal of
    >>>>> frame stage mold from all of the lumber in a Florida built home. The
    >>>>> mold is on everything. The MicroShield pre-treatment program gives
    >>>>> us something to hang or hat on as a pro-active builder.
    >>>>> The MicroShield chemicals have been around for some 50 odd yrs for
    >>>>> use in water restoration. The application and purpose are the same.
    >>>>> Pre-Treat, Prevent, and Protect, against mold.
    >>>>> The process is 2-steps, but they are both applied at the same time, 1
    >>>>> right after the other. The first killing all of the mold and the 2nd
    >>>>> encapsulating the treated surfaces. We call MicroShield once the
    >>>>> frame inspection is complete and they pre-treat in about 2 hrs.
    >>>>> (both steps)
    >>>>> We have been using the MicroShield Pre-treatment system for about a
    >>>>> yr and a half and our homebuyers love it. We have had absolutely no
    >>>>> mold problems, questions, or concerns that could not be answered with
    >>>>> a legitimate response. MicroShield has peovided us with training,
    >>>>> protocol, field inspections, and 24 hr emergency response. Its not
    >>>>> that the MicroShield warranty requires us to have a 24hr response but
    >>>>> that the NYCHD Guidelines require it.
    >>>>> Wether builders use MicroShield or any of the other pre-treatment
    >>>>> companies out there all should be doing something pro-active to
    >>>>> eliminate and respond to mold in our homes.
    >>>>> I have found that it is the “Nay Sayers” that refuse to move forward
    >>>>> in the industry that typically give the rest of us a black eye.
    >>>>> Builder Tom
    >>>>> Palm Coast Florida
    >>>> WOW
    >>>> That was a lot said.
    >>>> I just want to add, "Stop talking about it and do something about it."
    >>>> The MicroShield system of pre-treatment is affordable and works. Why
    >>>> close up your homes with known mold on the structure if you can do
    >>>> something about it.
    >>>> As a purchasing manager I was the hardest to convince, but we have been
    >>>> using the MicroShield pre-treatment for over 2 yrs now with absolutely
    >>>> no problems.
    >>>> Unless you have tried it or at least listened to the MicroShield
    >>>> presentation lets not knock what we know nothing about.
    >>>> Good luck in court if you continue to ignore the need to be proactive
    >>>> about mold in your homes.
    >>>> Todd
    >>>> Volusia Co, FL
    >>> I ran across this site looking for additional information on mold
    >>> prevention programs for builders. I was impressed with the exchanges.
    >>> I may be looking for more information but I have also been using
    >>> microshield for 2 yrs. I think that all of the high points about mold
    >>> pretreatments have been addressed with the exception of 1. The
    >>> homebuyer’s perspective.
    >>> I have watched as our buyers have gone from high alert and concern to
    >>> complete trust and acceptance. All because we provide them with the
    >>> microshield literature and protection. Fully informing the buyer of how
    >>> we are proactively addressing their concerns about mold has eliminated
    >>> more issues than I can begin to describe.
    >>> Weather it is a water intrusion issues that microshield inspects and
    >>> treats or simply an issue of mold on the lumber during construction our
    >>> supers and warranty techs have a plausible answer, microshield.
    >>> I know it has improved us as a builder but it’s the customer awareness
    >>> and appreciation of our proactive approach to their homes that counts for
    >>> us.
    >>> We have successfully separated ourselves from the competition by adding
    >>> microshield to our team.
    >>> Steve
    >> 3 hurricanes so far this year and no mold issues.
    >> I owe it all to the mold pretreatment we use. I truly feel every builder
    >> should be appying an antimicrobial.
    >> We did get wet, we just didnt grow a house full of mold.
    >> We sure put the product to the test.
    >> Protect yourselves guys.
    >> Georege H
    >> Orlando
    > Well "George" just what is this mirical antimicrobial that you are using.
    > We would all like to know.
    > Rick

    Well Rick at the risk of sounding like an advertisement. It is Microshield.

    I would'nt build a house without it. I suggest you don't either.

    You really can't afford not to microshield your homes.



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