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    Re: Mold Prevention coatings applied during new construction

    Posted by Tom on 9/15/04

    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


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