All About Drywall Mold Removalby Alana Morein
If you’re seeing little black spots on your walls, you may very well have a mold problem. If that’s the case, you’ll want to take the steps necessary to eliminate the mold and make your home safe once again.
Here’s a quick guide for drywall mold removal –
First, you need to make sure that’s really a mold infestation on your walls. Generally you can smell when mold is present in a home. A musty smell most likely means there is mold growing somewhere. But, you can also locate mold by looking for water damage. Water damage mold can be found in basements, attics, near windows and doors and behind appliances that use water such as refrigerators, deep freezers, dishwashers, washers and water heaters.
Next, you’ll want to assess whether the damage is enough (10 square feet or more) that you’ll need to hire a professional mold removal company or small enough that you can just do it yourself.
If the job is small enough to clean up on your own, you’ll need to wear protective gear, including rubber gloves, goggles and a respiratory mask. These items are necessary for your health since mold can become airborne quickly and easily at the slightest touch.
• Next you will need to cut out the areas of the drywall where the fungus is present since mold cannot be removed from this type of wall. Make sure you are very careful around any electrical wiring when you’re removing the contaminated wall.
• Once you’ve cut out and disposed of the contaminated areas, you should sand any wood studs that were attached to the moldy wall to completely remove all traces of the fungus. Most homeowners have simply scrubbed the affected areas of the wood with a bleach solution, but it’s just not enough.
• After sanding the areas, you’ll then want to clean the surrounding surfaces using a black mold removal product and allowing it to penetrate the area for at least 15 minutes. You can find products for removing mold at most hardware and farming stores as well as discount stores. Again, when cleaning around electrical wiring please use caution. And please do not use bleach as a cleaning agent for the mold. Recent studies have shown that bleach is actually ineffective at penetrating below surfaces where fungus spores tend to hide.
• Once the surfaces have thoroughly dried and the molds have been removed, you can begin repairing the wall. Keep in mind that you may want to consider using fans or some form of ventilation to speed up the drying process when repairing the wall. Even a dehumidifier is helpful if you have one.
And finally, if you begin the task of the drywall mold removal and find that there’s more damage than you’d anticipated, you should hire a professional to access the damages, clean up the infected areas and make any repairs necessary to remove the fungus growth. It’s better to be safe than to risk your health or your family’s health.