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

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Do I need to replace water damage or just let it dry out?

I had a water leak under my kitchen sink. It happened pretty slowly over the course of perhaps 8 weeks. The bottom of the cupboard was saturated and about 6 " up the sides of the same cupboard unit. ...
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cleaning mold with bleach - residue from previous cleaning

A bathroom wall is covered in mold. I have a foam spray cleaner that contains bleach to remove mold. I have previously cleaned the wall multiple times with various wipes and a vinegar mixture. I want ...
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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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How to remove mold from Styrofoam ceiling tiles?

I've recently noticed, that there are some sort of (stains) on a ceiling in a bathroom. The ceiling is covered with Styrofoam tiles of square shape. I took a closer look and it seems to me that it ...
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How should I treat mold under the caulk around my kitchen sink?

I've got a tiled kitchen countertop and have noticed some mold under the caulking around the sink, especially where the tile dips. Should I clean out the old caulk and re-caulk the area, or pop the ...
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Is using a thermal camera an effective method to locate mold & moisture behind finished walls in a basement?

My basement is finished and there are signs that I have leaks or some mold. The smell is not very strong but I can feel it for the first few seconds when I enter the basement, after that it instantly ...
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Do I have a mold problem?

Hi DIY Stack Exchange! I had a fun wintertime question about moisture and mold. My bedroom has been getting dry lately and with that comes dry hands, and small furniture cracks. Fun! So I went to go ...
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What is more effective - mold control spray or the fogger?

Concrobium sells mold control spray and the fogger. Which one has more lasting effect on the mold? Does the $135 cost of fogger justify the effect it has on the mold?
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How much drywall should I remove around a moldy area?

The previous owner told me that during the last winter when snow melted, water got in the basement through the drywall and he had to wipe dry the floor. Last year we had one of the worst winters on ...
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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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How to fix a vanity mold built up as a result of valve leak?

I noticed a valve leak too late and now part of the vanity has built up some mold. I would like to avoid replacing the entire thing obviously. So I would like to understand how (un)safe it is to keep ...
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Paint and mold prevention

Which application produces the best results, with respect to mold prevention: An all-in-one paint with primer Apply plain primer, then regular paint Is using either process better for mold and ...
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How to prevent mold in stored joint compound

Joint compound comes in larger containers than I need. I have had this problem for years where storing opened but unused joint compound leads to mold growth, usually starting within a week or two. I'd ...
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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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How to avoid mold in shower caulk?

For the third time, I plan to remove this strip of caulk in my bathtub/shower a bit beyond the discoloration (mold?) and recaulk it. I would like to get it right this time. I plan to remove the ...
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Is white vinegar as effective against black mold as rice or apple vinegar?

Does anyone know if you can use white vinegar to irradiate black mold from inside window panes? I see they mention rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar; is there a difference on how those react with ...
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Mold Growing on Top of Exterior Door

I am not that knowledgeable with mold. On my exterior front door by the head and the door stop I have mold growing. I checked the drywall and it doesn't seem to have any water damage. I was thinking ...
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What is this black coloring in attic?

Curious if anyone can tell what this is? Not sure if it's mold or if it is something else. The yellow in the closeup is sap I believe but the black stuff almost looks like super small poppy seeds. ...
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How can I prevent clothes and food stuff from going bad in a moist cabinet

My neighbors are constructing their house from ground up. We have concrete structures for almost all buildings here. When the walls are ready they need to water it so the concrete settles and get ...
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Are there any side effects of using sodium hydroxide as a mold-cleaner in the shower?

I've tried using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) to clean mold (mould) in the shower before on a patch test area, and it worked really well. This simply involves using drain cleaner (with gloves, open window ...
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Does filling in cement(inside or outside the house) act as a deterrent to the soil-water and mold problems resulting from it?

An experienced contractor suggested to me that filling cement near the bottom one foot of basement walls will stop the water from coming inside the basement. And also, a 2 feet of cement floor around ...
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Help diagnosing source of basement moisture

Hoping your experience can help figure out where moisture is coming from in my basement. I tried to include a lot of details to help identify issue. I have a house built in 2008 with finished ...
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How do I dehumidify a season cabin in the winter

My Aunt has a seasonal cabin in NH. At the end of the fall we shut the water off and close down the cabin. Last year we had to gut and re-do the entire cabin due to a mold problem. Part of the problem ...
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If black mold is discovered underneath the siding, does that necessarily imply interior air quality problems?

Consider this video. Without a vapor barrier, this home will accumulate black mold on the plywood on the exterior of the home. My Question: Does black mold on the exterior of a home necessarily ...
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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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Should I remove vinyl flooring to allow the floor underneath to dry out?

We are renovating a 200+ year old house that had a dirt basement. We poured a concrete floor and put vinyl flooring (snap-together, looks sort of like wood) over this. The basement has gotten wet ...
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Had a leak behind a new tub do I need to do anything else to prevent mold or other issues?

About four weeks ago I had an old tub/shower enclosure removed and a new acrylic tub and three wall enclosure put in, including a new valve and moving the shower head up, this was all installed by a ...
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What license/certifications are appropriate for mold remediation firms?

I am looking for someone to clean up mold in my attic, and I have been advised to find someone who is licensed in the area of mold. I’ve checked HomeAdvisor and BBB, but it’s not clear to me who ...
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Is this cement board / Sheetrock still ok to use in my bathroom?

Our builders are putting up cement board in the bathroom, and we noticed the pieces on the left have some stains, they look very different to the rest that looks the same as the ones on the right of ...
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Painted drywall with spoiled zero-VOC paint. Does Bin Shellac work to seal mold/bacteria? Some posts say no

My mother painted drywall with “spoiled” zero-VOC Banjamin Moore Paint (Natura). It was 5-year old paint, which had been opened/used years prior without a problem. The result was serious allergies and ...
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Basement waterproofing with thermal break

I need help figuring out best solution to fix my basement moisture/mold issue... As far as I can tell, water is entering at bottom seam of poured concrete wall and basement floor. I considered ...
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Killing mold IN drywall using Borax solution - what now?

My family is renovating an apartment and someone thought there was mold inside some drywall that showed water stains from when there was a leak in upstairs apartment. This person prepared a Borax ...
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How to repair leak mould under bathroom floor tile?

The attached picture is a bathroom floor. The tile worked loose and on lifting it I found extensive black mould under it (killed and cleaned off it before the picture was taken with a mould killer ...
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Causes of condensation in basement wall

First time home owner of 1 year old house in Southern Ontario. South facing basement wall (50% above grade) has condensation forming between polyethylene barrier and pink batt insulation. What ...
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Mould on the inside of a bitumen corrugated sheet

Attached to the end of our house is a small shed. It has four (newly built) brick walls and a bitumen corrugated sheet roof. The shed was finished about eight months ago and is fairly waterproof. ...
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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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Mold remediation in crawlspace

Just bought a 25 year old home that has improperly installed insulation in the crawlspace. The insulation is fiberglass rolls with a paper backing, and is installed with the paper facing down, toward ...
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What do I do about a VERY MOLDY dishwasher air gap?

Just moved to a new place a few months ago and there is TONS of mold in the dishwasher air gap. Ive never had one before so I never thought to look inside to see what it was. I recently went to the ...
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rusty stains showing through a newly dried spackle

I noticed the wall by my balcony door was soft and sticking out, figured somehow there was moisture and possibly mold growing underneath the drywall lining. So I ripped that part out, scraped a ...
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Is there a way to deal with mold built up on the washer bellow tub?

It looks like people who used to live in the house before us would keep the washer closed for extended periods of time and here's the result. I suspect it also contributes to odor issues the house ...
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Is this mold growing on my shower ceiling?

Is this dark stuff above my shower mold? If so, how should I go about removing it? I live in an apartment, so I doubt I could go on with scraping it off and the like without upsetting maintenance, ...
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will anyone stop laughing n thinking im crazy long enough to see theres a major problem(s) in my house? [closed]

As the title suggests, i have many issues in the home i purchased two years ago. And although, couuuntless hours attempting to unravel the mystery, and thhhhousands of dollars to fix the problems i ...
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mold on basement walls

I have a basement that I am planning on finishing. There was a mold problem. After washing the basement walls, I soaked them in Concrobium. I then painted the walls with a masonry waterproofing ...
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What could this blue ring on my ceiling be and what are my options?

Today I noticed that there was this brightish blue ring emanating from a crack from my ceiling. I hadn't noticed this before. Earlier this week my cat broke a full glass of water directly above it. 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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mold on exterior wall above kitchen exhaust grill

My kitchen cooker hood vents via aluminum pipes to the outside, terminated in a metal grille mounted on the exterior wall. Just above this grille is a horizontal concrete ledge, which is the bottom of ...
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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 is the best way to repair and prevent cracking grout in a shower stall?

The grout in my main shower has developed cracks. They started small but over time they have grown and there are actual crevices in the grout. I've been using my guest shower so as to not cause mold ...
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How can I remove humidity from a room without a dehumidifier?

I've noticed a problem in my apartment that returns every winter - I get mold around the windows. This year the cold weather came earlier than usual and the mold appeared quickly in great amounts, so ...
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Removing a mold stain (not mold) from carpet

** Everything I tried searching was about how to remove mold. Just to be clear, I need to remove the mold stain not the mold itself. This is actually for a car, but carpet is carpet right? I believe ...