Mold is a living organism and, therefore, has conditions needed to support that life. So before committing to the time, money, and effort to build a greenhouse-enclosed home, I researched the potential for mold in the home. Once I knew what conditions mold needed to grow, I could try to find ways to maintain the home’s environment in such a way that it did not support mold growth. I figured this couldn’t be an impossible task because even in the perpetually damp Pacific Northwest I’ve never had a mold issue in any home of my previous 60 years.
Before construction I documented the plan in this post: But What About Mold? Now that I’ve been living in the home for 5 months, this is a periodically recurring update on any signs of mold. Although I will be looking all over the house and greenhouse throughout the month, the following are the most likely places for mold to first appear so I will provide the monthly update on the locations in the table below.
During the month, the average temperature and relative humidity:
|Location||Ave Temp||Relative Humidity|
In late February I received the outdoor weather station so have started to collect data for outside the greenhouse and will start adding that with the March update.
There are 4 pieces of wooden furniture in the greenhouse sitting area that I inherited from my grandparents. During a more extensive mold search during February, I noticed white fuzzy mold on these pieces. I washed them with hydrogen peroxide and the mold has not returned. Still, I’ve added that to the areas to check each month.
|Shower||No visible sign of mold|
|Toilet||No visible sign of mold|
|Laundry||No visible sign of mold|
|Kitchen Sink||No visible sign of mold|
|Metal Siding at West Pool||No visible sign of mold|
|Metal Siding at South Potting Bench||No visible sign of mold|
|Cedar Siding at East Pond||No visible sign of mold|
|Sitting Area Furniture||No visible sign of mold|