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Drywall Water Damage Mold Removal

Drywall Water Damage Mold Removal

[ 0 ] July 8, 2010

Drywall Water Damage Mold

Water can be a destructive force. It can drown people, ruin property and destroy land. People don’t fear it as much as they fear fire. However, water is a very destructive force of nature. It can really cause serious damage to a home. Even worse, water can lead to mold growth. Drywall water damage mold removal is just one possible expense you’ll pay following water damage.

What is Drywall?

Drywall is used to finish the inside of building walls. In fact, it replaced plaster as the material of choice for finishing walls. On the upside, builders were able to create interesting patterns and decorations into the plaster. On the downside, the plaster method required a great deal of careful planning and skill.

Drywall eventually became popular and plaster took a backseat. Other names for the material include sheetrock, plasterboard and gypsum. There are advantages of using this material instead of plaster. First of all, it’s much easier to install. Just about anyone can learn to finish a wall with drywall. It doesn’t take a lot of skill or planning. Plaster is nowhere near as simple to use.

Sometimes drywall has anti-mildew ingredients added so it won’t attract mold. This isn’t done to all drywall, however. Unfortunately, when it does get infected with mold or mildew it’s impossible to clean. The damaged area must be cut out, thrown away and replaced. Just make sure to check the entire area for more trouble spots. Clean it well before installing new drywall. After you do the procedure once, you never want to do it again.

It might be best to hire a professional to do the job. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, you could possibly make things worse. If you’ve never performed a big home improvement project, this isn’t the one to start with.

Find the Root of the Problem

What caused the water damage mold in the first place? Was there a leak inside the wall? Is a leak in the roof allowing rain inside? Find out the cause of the damage. Failing to fix the original problem will simply lead to more damage to the wall. Do you want to keep paying to replace a portion of the wall?

If you can’t find the source of the water damage, hire a professional. A home improvement specialist or plumber can check your home for trouble spots. They should also be able to repair any leaks they discover. This may cost you a fair amount, but it’s worth your money to have the repairs done.

Drywall water damage mold is a pain. It completely ruins the material. Then you have to remove and replace the damaged area in order to ensure compete mold removal. This costs you time, money or both. If the damage is already done, there’s nothing to do but fix the problem. If you see signs of a leak, but no mold has grown take precautions to prevent it from happening. Find the source of the leak and repair it as soon as possible.

How To Tell if There is Mold in Your Basement

[ 0 ] June 18, 2010

Basement Mold

There are a lot of things lurking in your basement. Aside from snakes, the worst thing you can have is toxic mold. Any type of mold, in fact is undesirable. You can initially sense its presence in your basement if there are musty odors around your house. Basement mold is usually hidden away in a crack or corner, but the smell is a great determining factor of its presence.

Here are some ways to determine if there is a mold infestation in your basement:

1. Check the floors and walls of the basement. Black mold appears in streaks or patches. It appears slimy and colored black or green or sometimes white with orange spots. Look for stains with yellowish tint, which is an indication that you have a mold problem. Check underneath sinks and around pipes as well.

2. Determine if there are musty or mildewy smells every time you go into the basement. You might also notice this smell in your house. Be alert if you smell these odors when you turn on the heating or air-conditioning units. There is a small possibility that mold has infested the systems. However, that rarely happens.

3. Check your basement using a mold-testing kit. They can be readily purchased from any hardware or home improvement store. You can also buy them online.  Have the kit tested in a mold laboratory to determine the type of mold present in the basement and the extent of its growth.

4. Look out for signs of black mold poisoning. Black mold is also known as toxic mold. It creates dangerous conditions in the home. Exposure to this can cause poisoning. Symptoms also include respiratory problems, coughing, headaches, and nausea, dizziness and skin rashes.

5. Look closely at organic surfaces in the basement such as evidence of water entry. Most probably, mold has grown on moist surfaces in the basement. Floor stains or remains of cardboard boxes that were wet and removed are important clues.

6.  Check out the backside of the basement stairs, most particularly those in the lower risers or treads. You will probably find mold growing in these areas.

7. Make sure to inspect furniture and other materials stored in the basement. Check out underside of game tables or furniture.

8. Check the insulation for mold and inspect further for dry wall mold. There is a great possibility that the cavities of a roof leak could cause mold growth on the hidden drywall surfaces.

9. Determine if the paint or wallpaper is peeling. This is a good moisture indicator and should warn you of the possibility of mold growth in these areas. If you do your laundry in the basement, keep in mind that un-aired clothes dryer can attract mold growth due to its humidity.

10. Check the shelves and closets in the basement for mold presence, especially if you keep partially dry clothes in the basement.

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