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About three weeks ago I noticed a leak on the ceiling of my studio apartment. When it began it was just a leak, a few days later it began to get dark-stained all around it and now it's covered in a black thing that I suppose is some kind of mould. I reported this to my landlord as soon as it began bit I still have one more week to wait until someone comes to fix it.

It looks so disgusting, it's on the kitchen area and I would like to know what to do until it gets fixed, is there anything I can do?

Today I took this cardboard box and put it over the leak to cover it. I fixed it to the ceiling around the stain of mould with a bit of sellotape. Now at least I don't see it but I don't know if maybe this is going to make things worse.

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What's above your apartment? Can you get the leak stopped? – Bryce Oct 28 '12 at 5:05

If the wet area dries out faster than the leak, the mold will not grow. Drill a hole to drain the water quicker. Set up a fan to blow air over the area to dry it. Don't cover it, that will just keep it wetter and accelerate the mold.

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Thank you, I'll try that. – Rachel Oct 28 '12 at 12:11

Clean the mold off with a bleach/water mixture, or some other anti-fungal cleaner.

Mold needs three things to grow: moisture, organic material, and mold spores.

Mold spores are everywhere, so try to keep the area clean and dry.

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