Are home fungicides toxic?


Are home fungicides toxic?

Fungicides are a mixture of chemicals with the main purpose to kill fungi and mold found on surfaces. As they contain toxic components, most are harmful to humans, plants, animals and even the environment. Among the most common fungicides you can find agricultural sprays, which are sprayed in trees, crops and plants. Wind or rain can carry these chemicals, potentially contaminating drinking, irrigation and ground water sources. On the other hand, the most common domestic use of fungicides is in kitchens and bathrooms, where they have direct contact with human skin.

The main concern of this is that many of them contain corrosive chemicals such as chlorine, paradichlorobenzene (a chemical that has been shown to damage the nervous and respiratory systems) or phenol (a compound known to be highly carcinogenic). Their handling and use must be done with extreme caution to prevent side effects such as chronic skin diseases, contact dermatitis, visual disturbances, pulmonary oedema, aggravation of asthma, physiological damage, dizziness, diarrhoea or convulsions.

That’s why it’s so important to choose wisely and find a permanent way to eliminate this problem at its root, that at the same time is ecofriendly, safe for you, your family, your pets and the environment. Imagine smart solutions, all kinds of materials with biotechnology, that are cleaning themselves constantly, eliminating viruses, bacteria, fungal spores/mold, dust mites, termites and more. @Copptech solutions are like this, we go the extra mile #makingthebestevenbetter

Remodeling​ costs due to toxic mold

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The costs of removing mold from your home are high, depending on how bad the situation is. Homeowners with this problem are often asked how urgent and serious the situation is because of the health repercussions that mold exposure can cause. Questions such as: Where is it? How long has it been there?

The percentage of houses with mold issues is around 70%, according to a study in Finland.

The data revealed that, worldwide, the majority of homes have mold spores. According to statistics from the Finnish Parliamentary Audit Committee, mold is present in up to 9% of semi-detached houses, 18% of kindergartens and schools, and 26% of hospitals, clinics and nursing homes (2012). There are thousands of factors that affect the cost of removing mold from your home, broadly speaking they are: the size of the molded surface, where the mold is located, why mold was caused (e.g. damp from burst pipes), what damage caused and where they need to be repaired. Here are approximate details of restoration costs per square metre and location. On average mold remediation of your entire house would be around $11,600 to $30,000 Usd. The average mold inspection ranges from $888 USD to $1,341 USD, including the inspection of your entire home, and the size of the affected area will affect the final cost.

The high cost to remediate your home is a lot, but it is nothing compared to the health costs of the mold problem. When building, choose your building materials wisely. If you already use a mobile phone with technology, why not invest technology in the foundations of your home? Antimicrobial biotechnology that eliminates fungi/mould, viruses, bacteria and more is now a reality. Check our building solutions in the following link:

*Moisture damage in buildings causes – Professor Kari Reijula – Rauno Holopainen – Finland – 2012 


Choosing high quality building materials


Choosing high quality building materials

Termites, the home wreckers. In the United States they are one of the biggest and most constant worries for everyone in their homes, completely ruining a house, from its foundations, structures and roofs. Users all over the world are having trouble finding long lasting solutions to these problems, but they are not looking for permanent solutions. Sergio, that lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, USA, comments “I’ve tried everything, I started by going natural, because I love nature, it didn’t work, then I tried some varnishes, but it didn’t work either, I went to the extreme of fumigating the whole house, it was very expensive and they used very toxic chemicals, two orange trees that I had next to the entrance of my house died and those bugs came back, they are still there, I can smell them, like smell of mold, i swear. I don’t know what else to do, I don’t want to lose my house”. The struggle is real, there are people who lose their entire house. Many people suffer day by day because this problem, fumigation is toxic and not very effective, it lasts for a limited period of time, a couple of months at most. It is so important to choose the right building materials, with durability and considering the environmental factors that will affect them, according to the region/climate where you live when building or remodeling your home. The permanent solution for eliminating termites at the root already exists. Thanks to COPPTECH and LP CHILE, you can build or remodel with the new generation of OSB panels. Protected with Copptech antimicrobial technology, unique and globally patented, these boards are guaranteed for 30 years due to their structural capacity and resistance to termites, fungi and mold, eliminating them permanently by more than 99.9%. A permanent solution that attacks these pathogens for the entire life of the material. Check our website to see the different solutions we provide to thousands of industries and look for our Copptech seal to get high quality and long lasting building materials, that protect them from the threats that are microbes.

Fungi and mold in my home

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Fungi and mold in my home

Fungi are a constant concern for everyone, as they distroy materaials and affect our health. Users from all over the world look for solutions to these problems, but don’t use permanent solutions. Carmen comments “in our room, during the winter season every year these fungi or mold appear, moisture on the ceilings and walls. I’m sick of this situation, because every year I have to clean with a cloth with hot water and bleach, then paint with antifungal paint and it still reappears. I’m worried about how harmful this is for my health”. This type of concern is real and is held by a lot of people that stuggle with mold and fungi in their homes. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right construction materials when building or remodeling your home. The permanent solution for fungi and mold already exists. Thanks to Copptech and LP CHILE you can build or repair your home with the peace of mind and security offered by the new generation of OSB panels from LP Chile. Protected with Copptech technology, these panels have a 30 year guarantee in their structural capacity and termite and mold resistance. A permanent solution that attacks these pathogens from the root. With Copptech antimicrobial technology, unique and globally patented solutions, we eliminate more than 99.9% of mold, fungi, termites, bacteria and other pathogens. Check out the different solutions we have for other industries in our website.

Construction in coastal areas – A permanent challenge


Beach areas usually have rustic and scenic constructions, that give those territories a special character, a differentiative attribute that promotes tourism and a relaxed environment. However, these constructions suffer from environmental agents that cause deterioration, needing high cost year-round maintenance and care. Now, we are aware that advanced construction materials have an increased life cycle and by using them as building materials can help us prevent many heartaches.

The challenges of building in coastal areas are mainly two: Humidity that cause corrosion and proliferation of fungi and mold; and deterioration caused by Termites, a prevalent plague in wooden constructions, comments Martín Grez Walker, architect that for more than 15 years, has specialized in near shore construction.

Coastal humidity expands wood, promoting the proliferation of microbes such as fungi and mold. When the wood dries up, “fungi and mold stays traped inside the wood, stimulating its re-flourishing with each humidity episode”, describes Grez. Fungi and mold are a serious problem in construction. It not only make materials stain, affecting their look and feel and giving an overall dirty appearance. It also deteriorates materials, affecting their duration and affects human health though spore inhalation.

Regarding termites, these are seen in all climates, especially in warm and humid ones, making coastal areas a big prevalence focus. The damage that termites can produce to construction structures is huge. These enter the house from the floors, going inside foundations and pillars, affecting the core of the building by feeding from cellulose and bacteria that lives there. Termites can go unnoticed, laying larvae in foundations, only to become apparent when it’s already too late. This is seen in house remodeling “when we lift the floor we can see them in the beams, foundations, everywhere” adds Martín.

Products available in the market today to control fungi, mold and termites are highly toxic chemical agents, that can stain and impregnate wood with chemicals to prevent microbial propagation. But as they have serious negative consequences to our health, one may wonder, is the solution better than the problem?

Antimicrobial technologies can solve these two problems in an effective, safe and permanent way: An OSB wooden panel protected with Copptech Technology. In the first place, being antimicrobial means it will not allow microbes like mold, fungi and termites grow in the material, creating a hostile environment where they can’t survive. Being a chemical-free solution, it will not affect negatively construction workers or final users. It also allows materials to last longer, not suffering from damage produced by termites, fungi and mold. Copptech technology works permanently and continuously. As it is part of the material itself, it doesn’t require constant re-applications or maintenance.

There is no question that high quality building materials, that last longer and provide safe and effective solutions to construction issues in coastal areas are a growing trend, where people are looking for protection from microbes, because they directly affect their wellbeing.

Alongside Copptech protected OSB panels, you can find other antimicrovial construction materials like concrete, grout, melamine, pvc tubes, among others. Visit for more information.