Preventing, identifying, or treating mold infestations in the home.

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What are the considerations for crawlspace encapsulation barriers / humidity control?

I live in a house that's half slab, half crawlspace. The crawl is half basement. Typical crawlspace/basement humidity readings are: 80% RH @ 67°F 85% RH @ 68°F 78% RH @ 67°F Where in the ...
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Inside of Washing Machine smells horrible. How to fix?

I bought a used Washing Machine (Miele W828) that looked to be in perfect condition. It actually works perfectly. However, the inside of the Machine smells horrible, like mildew. This smell gets ...
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Is there a way to remove the mildew smell from under tile without damaging the tile?

We live in a rental. The toilet was leaking when we arrived. Landlord paid for a plumber to do a simple repair, but before that, there was definitely water pooling underneath the tile (and seeping ...
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Are molds dangerous to health if they are not in my own apartment?

I need a help to decide if I will move out from this building because of mold and health risks. Is it dangerous to live in a buliding in which the hallway is full of mold? I've been reading about ...
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Will KILZ® contain black mold?

we had a leak awhile back inside the wall, from a shower valve leaking. That has been corrected and everything is dried out. Today while tearing out the sheet rock on the wall that backs up to the ...
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How do I clean a very dirty refrigerator?

I just got a new house and inherited a very moldy and mildewy refrigerator. My first though it to get some cleaning spray with bleach and just go to town, but I'm worried the bleach might damage the ...
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Hole in the floor

I bought an older house and it has a rectangle hole in the living room. It is covered with the register and it looks like an intake. I don't fully think it was used as an intake as the furnace is on ...
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Is it safe to use apple cider vinegar / baking soda to remove mold on (soft) plastic?

Will the (soft) plastic be eroded or produce bad chemical due to the low / high pH?
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How do I source, remove, and prevent green mold on my aluminum windows?

I live north of the equator in a humid climate. The 2 north-facing windows pictured below only get direct light (lots of it) in the evening. We get a lot of rain. There is green mold growing from ...
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Mold Remediation

So, we had a small leak in our roof that resulted in some water damage. I think the leak has been there for a while. There is one stud in the wall that was found to have been rotten and needs to be ...
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Trimming timber support to remove suspected mold

I am doing some plumbing work on a shower that has not been used for several years. It previously had a slow leak that caused a damp spot on the ceiling below. I noticed a small patch of black mold ...
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What are the issues with using sour smelling paint?

My husband touched up the paint in our bedroom. The smell was rancid, like sour milk. I cannot believe he used the paint that went bad. I have a horrible headache and watery eyes, an obvious ...
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Cleaning grout under caulk line (between tile and tub) before re-caulking?

I have a 1.5 year old condo and I recently pulled the old caulk job the builder put in, and found they grouted between the tub and tiles and just caulked over it. The grout is discoloured in places ...
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How do I prevent mold in drywall mud pail?

I just opened my pail of drywall mud and discovered mold on the sides. It has been a few months since I last opened it. This happened to me a few years ago. I tried using the mud anyway, but the bad ...
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How can I prevent condensation under vapor barrier on a 1st floor room with flooring?

We bought last year an apartment of the 1st floor. The building has garages and utility rooms right under our level and the two bedrooms face north. One of the bedrooms has actually an external wall ...
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Is mold remediation effective in the long term?

Our home inspector just found serious mold problems in a home we are considering buying. The seller are willing to pay for remediation, but I'm very concerned about the possibility that mold would ...
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Contractor vented bathroom vents in attic, now I have mold. Is he accountable? [closed]

A few years ago I bought a home. The inspector found mold in the attic and pointed out that the upstairs bathrooms did not have vents. I remediated the mold and had an electrician install vents that ...
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Something in my home is making my family sick. How do I determine what it is?

My wife and I moved into a new rental house two months ago. Our small dog, my wife, and myself have all started experiencing symptoms such as headaches, runny nose, constant congestion, cold-like ...
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Is there a quick cure for refrigerator drip tray stink?

My fridge has a bad stink that has been getting worse lately. I can clean it out and temporarily fix it with vinegar ,bleach, and/or baking powder, but these are not long term fixes. When the water ...
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Mold on Ceiling on Flat Paint

Not sure what exactly the line of thought was here, but my bathroom walls were painted with flat paint. While there is a fan in the bathroom, I'm not exactly sure how well its working, as it seems ...
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What are the tools and procedures of a re-grout task in shower room?

I found some black mold on shower grout; and some grout may need to be re-grouted. Please refer to three red-circles in the attached photo. Would you like to let me know the right tool, material (like ...
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Mold and pop-up drains

Earlier today I realized that I had a major leak underneath my bathroom sink. It soon became clear that I would have to replace the entire pop-up drain assembly. After all the hardware was removed, I ...
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How do I get rid of mold from the bottom of a bath mat (where the suction cups are)?

We have a bathmat that we use to line the tub when we bathe our daughter. After the bath, we remove the mat and suction it to the shower wall (which is some sort of frosted glass) I've noticed black ...
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How can I fix this moisture problem to stop mold growing?

Background and The Problem I am trying to solve the problem of mold growing on my bedroom ceiling. The house is a California Bulgalow built in about 1940. The house is single-brick with plaster ...
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How to test for mold in basement?

The air quality in my basement is unpleasant. I don't know if I have mold. How to test for it? How is the smell of mold? I know that we had a water problem in the basement, the walls were cracked so ...
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What are some methods to get rid of and prevent pink mold in the bathroom?

I have some pink mold on the seam where the bathtub connects to my wall tiles. There's also some on the grout on some of my tiles. I've tried to clean them with ajax. It doesn't get it all off. I've ...
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Need to know if this is mold or not

This may be an obvious answer to some but I know next to nothing about molds / fungus etc. Is this mold, or black mold? I've been finding it throughout my house, usually by window sills, and am hoping ...
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What is the recommended way to destroy mold?

Back in the day I've heard that bleach is a good way to kill mold. The other day a home inspector suggested that Dawn dish soap actually works much better than bleach. I've heard from another home ...
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Should I spray down the shower with a diluted bleach solution after using it?

I have a tile shower in the basement that is not very well ventilated. My mother-in-law suggested a spray bottle of 1/2 bleach, 1/2 water, and spraying it around the surfaces of the shower after ...
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Would removing the back-board of cupboards help against mould/mold?

Would removing the back-board of cupboards help against mould/mold? In our new (to us) semi-basement flat we have a relatively small condensation problem, generally behind cupboards... kitchen ...
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Would retiling a shower with larger tiles mitigate mould growth on the grout?

I am about to update my walk-in shower which has an electric shower, single sliding door and tiled walls with white grouting. I have never been happy by how frequently the grouting turns black and ...
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How do I know which mold agent is best?

I've had several mold remediation specialists come to my home each touting their preferred EPA approved mold killing agent including: Cal-brite, Fiberlock Shockwave, Microban BotaniClean. I've looked ...
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What could be causing these mold issues in my brick townhouse?

Live in a town house in Virginia built in 1970's. We have lived there for about 12 years. Two weeks ago I noticed a picture hanging on my bedroom wall was wet and discolored. I moved the picture ...
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How do I remedy mold/mildew that has appeared since blocking off ventilation?

I have a Ranch home with a finished rec room in the basement. It is our second year in the house. We had no mold/mildew problems last year. I put new carpet in the family room above basement and I ...
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Can I fix a mold problem in wall-to-wall carpet myself?

Recently, an apartment-mate of mine flooded my toilet quite severely. It completely covered the bathroom floor (tiles) and seeped into the carpet. I'd say a good 6-8 feet of carpet was soaked in ...
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What areas of 1st floor sheetrock sould be replaced subsequnet to a major 2nd floor water leak?

In our apartment, the ceiling began leaking in 2 places. One of the places, the water was brownish and had multiple droplets, the other the water was clear. We called maintenance at 8 am and no one ...
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Why did insulation and vapor barrier cause mold in my storage shed?

I recently installed insulation in my garden shed and covered it with a plastic vapor barrier. This was done in the summer when the weather was warm and sometime humid. Shortly after I'd finished ...
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Detecting mold with a blacklight

I've heard anecdotally that mold will glow green under a black light (UV light). Is this true? There's a room in my house with a musty odor, and I'm trying to determine the source of the smell. ...
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Mold in the air conditioner “pantry”

Maybe four years ago, our AC "froze up" (as I recall), and there was water soaking into the wood it sits on. (The inside unit is in a hall closet with the big air return vent underneath it.) Later I ...
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How can I paint over mold to prevent it from coming back again?

The source of the leak has been fixed, however the old mold keeps showing though the new paint.
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What are the benefits of purple drywall?

I am about to drywall a basement. Go purple? Can purple be used around showers? Are there any additional costs or install problems with the purple drywall? Does it require any extra steps? Why ...
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Can I kill this mold?

An old house is in the process of being signed over to me. The house has been neglected for several years and I have begun trying to fix the place up. The front of the house has been victim of a ...
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How to tell if wall got waterdamage?

I had a dishwasher flood, due to plumber putting it in wrong. I had the hard wood floor replaced, the cabinets have mold on bottom of it, and the sides that I can see are bubbled up to about half way ...
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How do I know whether or not I've killed the mold?

I had some mold on the ceiling of my bathroom. I scraped it off with a sponge. The thick black mold has gone, but there are still fainter grey stains all over the ceiling which won't come off, even ...
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What is the best way to seal this old fireplace vent?

I am doing some minor renovations to my basement with the drop ceiling and found that one of the geniuses that owned the house before me, used fibreglass ceiling tiles to seal off an old vent for a ...
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How can I seal the grout on kitchen wall tiles to give lasting stain and mold protection?

I have 1.5mm of white grout between rectified white tiles on my kitchen walls as a splashback (or backsplash in North America*) behind the sink and cooktop and I'm concerned about stains from food and ...
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Is spraying peroxide on studs with mold enough?

After removing some drywall in a basement that had mold on the bottom 1-2 inches, I was left with the base stud still black. Per the recommendation of a local company, I sprayed everything with ...
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How do I stop mold growth on greenboard behind my shower wall?

We have greenboard behind our shower wall. There are signs of mold growth on it. Can it be cleaned up with a bleach solution and then painted with RedGard?
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Will greenboard retard mold growth?

I have had problems with mold in my kitchen behind the sink cabinet a couple of times. I have gutted the sink cabinet, the drywall behind it and the lazy susan area, leaving the countertop in place. ...
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Can you have different types of vents on a single roof?

The attic of my house has serious ventilation issue and the sheathing becomes rotten. The roofing contractor suggests me to replace the rotten sheathing and install some ridge vent. His plan will ...