Get Rid of Mold on Walls

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Get Rid of Mold on Walls

This article is designed to help the home owner identify mold and mildew on walls. Mold spores are airborne traveling from place to place. It is virtually impossible to get rid of mold spores completely and when they come in contact with cellulose (paper type products) and water, mold will then begin to form on anything that will provide a sufficient nutrient load. Mold is part of the environment, its Mother Nature’s way of digesting and destroying organic material created by dead plants and other manmade products such as card board, plywood, wall paper and sheet rock, basic building materials are very susceptible to mold growth.

Old homes are also very susceptible to mold and mildew growth. When a home is vacant or closed up for a prolonged period of time, the lack of air ventilation and dampness presents a mold and mildew haven. In the right conditions mold will consume a home in just a few short months. The musty mold odors are very distinct and obvious. If your intentions are to purchase a home in this type of condition, be sure to contact a local mold remediation specialist and an air quality professional. Both companies should test the home for and toxic molds, mildews and air quality.

Mold on walls can be one of the trickiest types of remediation because of the fact that molds can easily travel behind the wall into the hidden framing studs, floor joists and ceiling joists before the mold is discovered and has had the opportunity to spread through the entire structure. The only way of thoroughly inspecting this area is to remove the drywall and sheet rock in areas of concern and first perform a visual inspection. Samples may be taken and sent to a lab for testing depending on the findings of the visual inspection. This will give you somewhat of an indication if further testing should be completed.

Mold will grow behind wallpaper, paneling and other wall coverings is fairly easy to spot. Wall paper will appear as a bubble or discoloration. When mold is discovered it is advisable to contact a mold remediation specialist immediately. If your intentions are to take this project on alone, make sure to use an approved EPA mold killing product and follow the directions listed on the “Direction for use label”. Make sure to follow these directions to the letter.

Keeping a house clean should be a home owner’s number one priority. Common areas where molds will form are corners, cracks and crevices. Pay special close attention to window ceil where moisture can accumulate. Wipe these areas down on a regular basis keeping them clean and dry. Reducing the humidity with a dehumidifier is a key factor in air quality control. Installing ceiling fans can be a significant help circulating air and improving the overall air quality of your home.

We hope that this article has offered some helpful advice and tips on getting rid of mold on walls and other vertical surfaces. Keep in mind that mold can be toxic and toxic molds such as black toxic mold can create a dangerous environment for family and friends. Safeties first, always consider a mold remediation specialist first.

By: Bradley Skierkowski