How to Remove Mold From Drywall
If you’re wondering how to remove mold from drywall, the bad news is you can’t. Even with all of the mold cleaners and scrubbing power in the world, molds that have grown on this particular type of material can never be permanently removed.
Not to mention that after so long of being exposed to moisture, the material tends to crumble. So what can you do instead?
First off, you need to assess the situation. Not all drywall mold will be visible and when they are hidden it’s a whole other ballgame. However, there are some common signs that you may have a mold problem.
If the paint on the walls are cracked or peeling, if there is a bulge behind the paint or if there is discoloration on the wall, chances are you have mold hidden somewhere in or even behind the wall.
You can also tell that you have a mold infestation from the musty aroma that lingers near the affected area. Or you can look for water damage mold by looking for leaks which are most often found under kitchen and bathroom cabinets, in basements, attics and anywhere there is a need for water such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, deep freezer or washer.
Or you can also place your hand on the suspected surface area to check for moisture. And depending on how extensive the damage is, you’ll either need to remove the affected area or you may need to remove the entire wall.
If the mold is a minor problem, you can try removing only the affected area using either an exacto knife or a putty knife. Next, you’ll need to sand the joint areas behind the wall to remove fungal spores and prevent recontamination.
Once you’ve sanded down the affected area, you’ll need to clean the surrounding areas including in joints behind the wall with a product designed for mold removal. Then you’ll need to allow the area to dry before you can install the new wall.
If you find that the mold growth is severe (usually more than 10 sq. feet), more than likely you’ll need to remove the entire wall and repair any damage caused by the mold.
Generally a job like this should be left to a professional who is licensed and certified for this type of work. A professional is not only trained to know how to remove the mold, they also have special equipment to help get the job done right.
Of course the biggest fear many homeowners have when a professional is needed, is the cost of mold remediation. And while you may not be able to get away with getting the job done for free,
if you do your research and shop around, you can at least minimize some of the costs and not get taken to the cleaners in the process.
Even if you can hire a professional for at least part of the work, you could replace the walls yourself and save quite a bit in the remodeling costs.
But just remember, no matter what the cost, a professional knows how to remove mold from drywall safely and quickly, and when it comes to your health, it’s an absolute must.
Category: mold removal