Kills mold. Protects your customers. Creates a new revenue stream.
Why should you care about mold? Mold is in the news. Your customers are concerned. There is a genuine need among consumers for experts in the field of mold control on structures. Currently, the field is primarily focused on air quality.
Treating mold and becoming a valued resource to the community provides an opportunity for you to differentiate your business. You can add a new profit center.
Mold is a growing problem. Bora-Care with Mold-Care is the solution.
With Mold-Care, you can distinguish your company as being the choice for homeowners and builders who want protection from mold. And with Mold-Care, you don’t just protect your customers’ property, you protect your business with the best warranty in the business. The BoraShield™ 12/25 warranty offers pest control companies a 12-year damage repair warranty for subterranean and drywood termites and a 25-year product replacement warranty for mold. These warranties help protect your business.
Protects Wherever Water Threatens
Excess moisture is the biggest threat to a home’s structure. It compromises the strength of wood, promotes mold and fungi growth and attracts pests. And it can come from many different sources:
- A leak outside the home or within
- Condensation from air conditioning
- Dryer vents that send air into crawl spaces
- Everyday family activities such as cooking, bathing—even breathing
Without proper ventilation and insulation, mold and fungi will grow from the moisture that condenses on walls. Bora-Care with Mold-Care acts as a mold and fungal decay preventative against the damaging effects of water and the conditions that promote insect infestation.
As you can see in this picture, half of this wood was treated with Bora-Care with Mold-Care and half was left untreated. The wood was placed in a mold incubator for six months. Mold will not grow on the treated side, while the untreated side is covered with mold.
Pest Control Companies Apply Bora-Care with Mold-Care to…
When a home is being built, all wood is accessible. This is the perfect time to do a whole house Bora-Care with Mold-Care treatment. This whole house treatment protects all wood from mold, termites, carpenter ants and wood boring beetles, and even discourages general pests such as cockroaches. Bora-Care with Mold-Care diffuses into the wood and remains in the wood, delivering residual power for years of protection.
Water Damaged Materials
If a home has been damaged by water from leaking pipes, rain or flood waters, you can apply Bora-Care with Mold-Care to all affected structural wood once damaged materials are properly cleaned out and dried. Click here for 10-Step Structural Protection for Operators. Wood decay and mold can begin to grow almost immediately. By applying Mold-Care, you kill existing mold and stop wood decay in its tracks. You also are protecting the wood in case of future flooding.
Bora-Care® with Mold-Care®
Bora-Care with Mold-Care is the industry’s leading weapon against mold. It acts as a surface protectant, killing all forms of fungi, while sanitizing and disinfecting the treated area. Bora-Care is the industry’s leading borate-based wood preservative, rendering treated wood impervious to termites and other wood destroying insects, as well as wood decay fungi. It actually penetrates into the wood where it delivers residual protection for years. When used together, Bora-Care and Bora-Care with Mold-Care create a highly effective, residual solution to insects and mold. And Bora-Care with Mold-Care comes with a 25-year warranty for you as the pest control company. (There are guidelines to qualify for the warranty, so read the BoraShield™ warranty section to learn details.)
What is A Fungus?
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Fungi are living organisms. They grow like a plant, but they eat like an animal. Some of them survive by eating dead organic materials. Others are parasites, living off live food sources. When they use people as a food source, they kill us. But some types of fungi are also helpful. Without fungi, dead leaves would just pile up and never be broken down. Fungi give us antibiotics. They give us beer and wine.
There are three basic types of fungi, and none of them have a place in your home.
Three types of fungi: decay (top), stain (left) and mold (right)
By definition, mold fungi are surface-growing organisms that cause a discoloration. They don’t destroy the surface they grow on, but they can cause allergies, respiratory problems and other health issues.
These fungi cause discoloration of wood. While they can present an aesthetic challenge, they are not harmful.
Decay fungi grow in materials and use the structure as a food source. They will compromise the integrity of wood, and devastate a home in the way termites or other wood-eating insects can. Just a 2% weight loss in a piece of wood from decay can cause up to 50% loss of strength.
Effects of fungal growth
- Structural failure – if the house collapses or you fall through the floor
- Allergies – mold is similar to pollen grains and may cause allergic reactions, hay fever-type symptoms or even asthma and eczema
- Parasitic growth – athlete’s foot, some lung diseases
- Fungal poisons—there are microtoxins in fungi that can lead to serious health threats. Symptoms include inflammation of stomach, nose, throat, pulmonary hemosiderosis (bleeding lung disease), liver damage, cancer and death
When does fungus grow?
Water is the enemy. If wood becomes wet enough, you will have a fungal problem. If the air is wet enough, you will have a problem. And it doesn’t take long. Most building materials can develop mold in about a week of exposure to wet conditions.
Different types of moisture
In a brand new home, all materials contain water. For example, in the average 2000 square foot home, there is an average of six tons of water and it can take six months to dry out. During its first year, a house needs good ventilation or mold will develop.
Wet lumber can develop mold in less than a week.
Mold growing on wet construction materials.
Water in buildings
- Rising damp – most construction materials wick water quickly
- Penetrating damp – a leak in the house, like a pipe
- Condensation – crawl spaces that aren’t ventilated or AC systems that are below the dew point will cause condensation, and eventually mold
The average family produces up to 12 gallons of moisture in a home per day from breathing, cooking, bathing, etc. Without adequate ventilation and insulation, mold will grow from this outpouring of moisture.
The best approach is to use Bora-Care with Mold-Care. Together they protect the treated wood now and in the future.
Remember: Water is the enemy. Nothing can prevent mold permanently if the materials remain continuously wet. So make sure you eliminate the source of moisture and keep wood dry.
A Closer Look
Apply to whole house or high-risk areas
A Bora-Care with Mold-Care treatment is a one-time preventative application that can be completed either during the new construction phase or applied post-construction in high-risk areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and crawl spaces.
Provides residual protection
Bora-Care with Mold-Care diffuses into wood and remains there for as long as the wood is in service, providing years of residual protection.
Creates a buffer zone
In an untreated home, flood or water damage can cause mold to grow within a week. The mold can be as devastating as the flood itself. Even in catastrophic conditions, Mold-Care will act as a retardant to mold growth, giving the homeowner more time to recover. It also disinfects and sanitizes, critical necessities in a water-damage situation.
Inhibits the growth of mold
Specifically designed to work with Bora-Care, Mold-Care prevents the establishment of dry rot, wet rot and mold. Bora-Care adds additional residual protection against decay fungi and insect infestation. Bora-Care with Mold-Care can be applied to bare wood, plywood, particleboard, drywall and OSB. And it’s the best approach you can take against mold. Bora-Care with Mold-Care is designed to penetrate wood; it doesn’t just remain on the surface, but is absorbed into the interior of wood to protect it from the inside out.
The Science Behind Mold-Care
Mold-Care is the only EPA-registered product that will help prevent mold growth. Combined with Bora-Care, it also kills and prevents decay fungi and wood destroying insects that share the same conducive conditions and actually cause much more damage.
Mold-Care is a specific quaternary ammonium compound called diecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride (a cationic surfactant). This is negatively charged and has both a hydrophobic and hydrophilic component so that it ruptures mold and bacteria cell membranes. These compounds are actively used in hospitals as well as in the beer and food industries as sanitizers.
Use Mold-Care instead of other products which either have no EPA registration and can actually cause fungal decay and structural failure or which can off-gas poisonous components in wall voids and hot attics.