Weathering the Weather

Wooden barn mostly covered in bright mildew. PhilAugustavo/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

The difference between living in Houston and living in the Sahara is that you’ll at least experience cool nights in the Sahara. If you live in Houston, you know firsthand that the humidity is so thick here you can spread it over toast with a knife. One of the unfortunate effects of the hot and humid climate in the Bayou City is mold.

Colony of fungus (mold). Sinhyu/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

What makes these fungi so intolerable for homeowners and businessowners is that they keep growing back on their properties even after a proper wash. Mold and mildew are relentless in Houston because of the humid climate.

These fungi can be more than a nuisance. Many people are allergic to mold. They breathe in mold spores from the air which can make them sick. Then, it becomes doubly imperative to get rid of these allergens for good.

Thankfully, a startup at the University of Houston is helping with just that. Integricote uses its own line of sealer called CaraPro to power wash giant walls, business signs, sidewalks and concrete structures so well that mold and mildew won’t grow back for years. Their sealer has been proven to work on local commercial and residential properties from First Colony Mall to Transwestern.

A before and after image of the First Colony Mall sign in Sugarland, TX. Photo courtesy of Seamus Curran.

The work Integricote does on UH’s campus goes beyond science. They help the Houston entrepreneur and homeowner save on maintenance costs because they don’t have to spend on property power washing every season. They help eliminate mold spores that can be allergens that make your life miserable. Integricote’s CaraPro keeps mold and mildew off of cement and concrete for at least three years.

The brainchild of this sealer is company founder and Houstonian Seamus Curran. He’s a brilliant UH physics professor and a charismatic person with a vibrant, infectious sense of humor. Essentially, he’s a “fun guy” who happens to be the enemy of … well, fungi.

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