It’s important for all of us to re-think the way we live indoors. From individuals to architects, from companies to governments, we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure our homes are healthy places to live and grow up in.
Mold is a tenacious substance that can take root in the presence of moisture. Mold can grow on many substances, including sheetrock and fiberglass insulation. If you have mold in your home, your health and that of any small children or infants is at risk. According to a study by the Mayo Clinic in 1999, nearly all chronic sinus infections are a result of molds. This is why we use cellulose insulation that cannot grow mold. The addition of boron salt and its pH-neutral formulation gives it anti-corrosive, anti-mold and anti-vermin properties.
We can’t tell you how many times we have gone into buildings here in New England, whether they are 100 years old or 2 years old, and see mold covered fiberglass insulation in the attic, basement, or walls. The first thing we do is remove the fiberglass to make sure we start with a clean slate. We then air seal the attic flat to seal up any cracks, penetrations, etc. and reinsulate with cellulose to stop air from moving up through the house and out the attic. Not only does this help make the home airtight which stops outside allergens from entering, but we do it with a product that can manage moisture without growing mold. Mold prevention strategies focus on moisture control. The presence of mold is a sign that there is too much moisture or water. Controlling the moisture and keeping the living area dry prevents the growth of mold. By using 100% borate cellulose insulation encapsulated by a vapor smart membrane from Germany, we have two layers of defense between moisture and the living space to avoid this issue. We have done extensive research to make sure we offer green, non-toxic products that still provide superior insulating benefits without any off-gassing or negative health effects.