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Drywall Mold and What To Do About It

[ 0 ] April 20, 2010

Drywall Mold

Drywall mold can create a lot of unnecessary health problems and structural damage if it is left untreated for even a short amount of time. Black mold, which is generally associated with this type of damage, gives off corrosive gases that can become extremely toxic to your health. That’s why it’s very important that homeowners remove the mold damage immediately before the problem become severe.

So if you’re seeing little black spots on your walls, you’ll need to take the steps necessary to eliminate the water damage mold and make your home a safe environment once again. And to help you get started on your mold removal process, here’s what you need to know.

First, assess the situation and make sure what’s on your walls in really a fungus. One of the most common signs that there are molds growing on your walls is by taking a whiff. If the results are a musty smell, then you’ve got a mold problem. Another sign is by checking for a source. Is there moisture or some form of water damage? Do the walls feel damp or cold to the touch? If so, you’ve got mold.

Once you know you really have a problem, you’ll need to figure out whether or not the damage is extreme (more than 10 square feet), which will require professional services or minimal (less than 10 square feet), which you can take on yourself.

If you know the job is one you can do yourself, you’ll need to gather some safety supplies including rubber gloves, goggles and a respiratory paper surgical mask. Without these items you will be exposing your health to the dangers of the mold since their spores can quickly and easily travel at the slightest touch.

Other supplies you will need include an exacto knife, clean rags, a sandpaper, scrub brush, patch kit for drywall and a mold cleaner designed to specifically remove toxic mold.

Next you’ll want to remove the areas of the wall where the mold is present because you cannot clean this particular type of wall. After removing the contaminated areas, you’ll need to sand over any wooden joints where is was attached to the moldy wall to remove any traces of the toxic fungus.

Once the areas are sanded, you’ll need to use a cleaner that will penetrate into the wood’s surface and kill the mold permanently. Mold cleaners can be found at most hardware and farming stores, as well as discount stores.

After you’ve applied the product and followed the manufacturer’s directions, you’ll need to let the area thoroughly dry and then apply the patch kit to repair the damaged area of the wall. And you’re done.

Remember, the sooner you remove the drywall mold, the less the damage will be. However, in some instances the damages can become hidden and once that happens a professional is generally needed to correct the situation and make your home safe once again. So please don’t skip the help when it’s needed, your health and home both depend on it.

Black Mold Removal Tips

[ 0 ] April 19, 2010

Black Mold Removal

Black Mold Removal may sound tedious and even dangerous, but with careful planning, there’s no reason you can’t tackle the task yourself if the mold problem is less than 10 square feet.

The first thing you’ll want to do is find the source of the problem. Do you know where the toxic molds are at specifically and what caused the problem in the first place? Mold needs moisture to grow and where there’s moisture there’s more than likely gonna be mold.

Water damage mold can happen anywhere and it doesn’t take a lot of moisture to grow and even survive. If you have a damp area underneath the kitchen or bathroom sink or your basement is prone to flooding and it smells musty, you’ve got a mold problem!

And unfortunately it’s not as simple as just throwing some bleach on the affected area either. When you’re dealing with a toxic mold, you need to take extra precautions before you just jump right into the situation and dousing the problem with bleach won’t make the mold go away permanently. In fact, bleach isn’t recommended because it won’t penetrate below the surface area where mold can easily hide.

A better solution is to head to your local hardware store and look for mold cleaners that are specifically designed to remove the toxic stuff. And unlike bleach, these types of mold products are actually designed to remove mold by penetrating well below the surface area where deadly toxins can hide.

And don’t just assume that molds can only be found on a ceiling or your wall. Anywhere moisture can be absorbed such as in the refrigerator, in carpets and on bathroom tiles, mold can and will grow.

Once you’re ready to tackle that mold removal job, your next step is to protect yourself with rubber gloves, eye goggles and a paper surgical mask. Then you can begin the task of removing the toxic fungus from the affected surface area.

Once the mold clean up project is complete, you may want to consider investing in a few items to help prevent future mold problems. One of the least expensive items you may want to consider purchasing is a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can help control the humidity in the air which is essential for homeowners who live in very warm and wet climates.

Another item to consider if you don’t already have one is an exhaust fan for your bathroom. Showers are notorious for moisture problems and an exhaust fan can help minimize the moisture and the mold.

And finally, one tool that is still fairly new, yet fantastic, are paints that are designed to help reduce the growth of mold when applied to your walls and ceilings.

One last thing you should keep in mind when you’re dealing with black mold removal. If the damage is more than 10 square feet or severe enough that you find yourself unable to be anywhere near the toxic fungus, you should call a professional that has the knowledge and experience in dealing with a severe situation.

If you don’t, you’re going to end up leaving your home open to all kinds of problems and that’s certainly not what you want to happen.

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