If your home is located in an area that's prone to flooding, you might be constantly dealing with water damage in your home's flooring and walls. When water damage leads to mold growth in your drywall, it creates both an unsightly flaw and a health hazard.
Mold spores in your home's interior air can aggravate conditions such as allergies and asthma, and some types of mold produce mycotoxins that are poisonous. Some drywall solutions are especially effective at standing up to mold growth, making them ideal for homes constructed in a geographic region that's prone to flooding.
Mold resistant drywall
Traditional drywall is designed with paper facing that offers organic material on which mold can feed. On the other hand, mold resistant drywall is designed with fiberglass mat instead of paper facing that makes mold infestation less likely.
In addition to mold resistant drywall made with fiberglass mat, mold resistant uniform drywall material is offered by some drywall manufacturers. This type of drywall doesn't have any facing.
Uniform drywall is a good option if homeowners wish to find a drywall option that's resistant to mold but doesn't bring fiberglass into the home. Health hazards involving exposure to carcinogenic materials have been linked with fiberglass fibers, so many homeowners may wish to avoid this substance in building materials.
Mold resistant drywall tape
Drywall tape is placed between drywall boards to smooth out the surface of a wall. Like the paper facing on drywall, drywall tape is also known for being susceptible to mold growth.
Mold resistant drywall tape is treated with an anti-microbial coating that discourages mold growth when the tape is exposed to moisture.
Greenboard is a material that has traditionally been used in place of drywall in areas where moisture exposure is to be expected, such as around showers. It provides a less expensive alternative to mold resistant drywall for homeowners looking to fortify their walls against mold growth.
Paints containing fungicides
Homeowners concerned about mold growth in their drywall can further prevent mold by using a wall paint that includes fungicides.
Mold resistant paints will minimize mold infestations on walls that are exposed to moisture. However, it's important to note that this type of paint can't kill mold once it has already begun to infest drywall. Once a mold infestation has taken hold, a water damage repair service like Mike's Drywall Service Inc will generally need to come in and eradicate the infestation to restore the affected drywall.