How to prevent Mold from even starting to grow in your home.
There are countless ways of preventing Mold from taking root in your homes walls and floors. Mold needs moisture to grow quickly and spread rapidly. Remove the Moisture from the start and your part way there in your quest for a mold free home.
How do you remove the moisture? Good Question...
The easiest way is to spend time searching out all of the "Plumbing Failures" and all the "Tile failures" and reading up on all the common pit falls. There are hundreds. Ensure none of these happen and your ahead of most "Job Sites" here in Vancouver.
Tough to do and tough to inspect. If your sitting at your computer and reading this post of mine you might be planning your own reno. Perhaps you plan to pipe it yourself. Plumbing should be done by "Plumbers" not "Handymen", not "Accountants", not "Tile guys" and not by anyone who has not gone to school and spend years of supervised work in the field...
Take a look at these two common failures. They where in the same home and I troubleshooted them both in 2 days. 3 men - full days to only start the repair for 2 common plumbing mistakes...
Imagine this was your kids "Rec Room" and you send your kids down each day to suck up some fresh mold...
Hire a plumber. Hire a Pro. And avoid these simple mistakes...
A Gear Clamp and piece of rubber does not make a permanent repair! Ever... This repair looks to be caused by the low voltage wiring installer and must have held strong for about 10 - 12 years. "It's an easy reapir - we do it all the time..."
Don't let your subs do this type of repair. Make them add it to your invoice if they do and ask for a 25 repair warranty... Instead ask them to call a plumber and have the plumber bring or make a repair coupling and fix it right...
Here is one of my favourites;
Lets just keep adding fitting until we get it close! This Kitchen Waste line held strong for about 10 - 12 years and then failed. Why. I believe it was from the Roto Router Dude when he snaked the line some 3 years back. I think it failed because the pipe was secured with an off cut of 14/2 ground wire and that the fittings where all "Fudged" not one making nice contact.
So if you look at this backwards. Remember that the work that gets down today needs to be able to be "Serviced" or "Snaked" tomorrow. Looks easy doesn't it. Some glue. Some ABS or PVC.
It's not. This is a highly skilled trade and one that takes years to learn.
Flood these vent and waste lines out. Pressure test your work. Ask this of your crew. If they don't want to. Find a new crew.