Questions tagged [mold]

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

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Are dark stains that show up when wet embedded mold?

Recently I fixed a leak which was causing moisture related issues (obviously). Upon doing some clean up of the area before reinstalling drywall, i noticed some dark spots, likely mold, on the wood. I ...
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Solution to put down a window sill crack to prevent mold

I have a couple windows where there is a space below the window that goes into the wall (see bottom of picture). There was mold and condensation all around the area, so I'm guessing there's mold down ...
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Mold on cedar soffit - how to fix?

I stained this 2 years ago before installation - back and front. The boards were kiln dried and stained inside. The penetrating stain I used contains linseed oil and after I installed I read some ...
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Should we glue above and below our rubber underlayment for wooden floors?

We have received our delivery of 3/4 inch thick engineered wood planks. They are 8 inches wide, random lengths, and the white oak layer on top is about 3/16 thick. Subfloor is very good and solid ...
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Is it safe to throw moldy items away

I have a lot of things which were covered in fungus. I have to go to some recycling area to throw them out. I want to know if is it safe as I heard fungus can get in your breathe. What is the best ...
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Respirator or mask for brick (crystalline silica) and mold?

I'm looking for a simple safety solution for multiple small projects that keep coming up. But it's not clear what safety mask and filters to buy. For example, I read an article that states that I ...
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Process of removing mold from behind shower tile

Background Thanks to a shifting foundation, the tile in one of our showers cracked along a corner and water got in behind it. We know that at the least the wall behind the tile has fails as it caved ...
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Washer and toilet water backing up into shower. Can't change plumbing. What can I do?

Renting a tear down, landlord does next to nothing, house will be torn down. Water drainage from house is not working, also not going to be redone. So the problem is drainage for 3 showers 4 toilets ...
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Is this mold situation ok to ignore?

We just bought a home in the North-East and were told by the home inspector that we had some mold growth in the attic, but that he didn't think it was the "toxic" black kind so it wasn't urgent, but ...
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Had a slow leak into bathroom ceiling/wall but humidity was low and controlled in that area for 2 weeks. What is mold Risk?

Installed a new furnace humidifier to replace a non-working(probably never used) vintage humidifier 14 days ago in a new place I bought. Confirmed a small gap let a slow drip from condensation that ...
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How do I get rid of mold on roughcast?

I've got mold on my living room's wall under my window : This part of the wall used to be behind some furniture, so I believe the mold was caused by lack of ventilation (we are on the 2nd floor and ...
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Is this mold on my room's ceiling? Is it dangerous?

We have a room that has been unused for a while. We noticed some faint spots appearing on the ceiling a couple years ago. The spots have slightly darkened over time but haven't changed in size or ...
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Black mold or termites?

I’m not sure bout the bug or the mold looking stuff the board is dry and so was the wall behind it but it’s def dark enough there. Any thoughts would be great
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How to remove/prevent mold from forming in bathroom

I just bought a rental property and one of the tenants bathrooms seems to have a mold issue. In the shower, around the toilet, and around the perimeter of the room there seems to be mold/dirt build up....
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Gray “Dust” On Pink Insulation in Attic

I was looking in my attic today for the first time; it's been on my list to check up there to make sure nothing looks off (i.e. no water damage, the roof isn't falling apart, etc). One thing I ...
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Black mould in silicon around tiles - spraying vinegar or tea tree oil enough or need to scrub?

I have what I believe to be "black mould" in the silicon section behind my kitchen sink; from what I have read lots of moulds / mildews can be black, but the more dangerous one (Stachybotrys chartarum)...
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Mold on the walls on the bathroom

I've been living on the same rented house for some years and on the last year's the mold on the house is intensifying. For example the bathroom is the worst case by far This is an old house and the ...
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Mold in inaccessible crawlspace

I bought a 1927 house last year and, afterwards learned I'm especially sensitive to mold and this house has plenty of it. I've eliminated mold everywhere I've found it except in the inaccessible ...
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How to cut round hole in aluminum soffit after installation

Related question After having our roof re-configured and larger overhangs added, I noticed that the contractor placed the bathroom exhaust vent that used to go out the side wall just under the eaves ...
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How do I get rid of water streaks on my bathroom wall?

So the walls in my bathroom have streaks all over them. They've been building up over time and is getting worse. The wall over the shower in particular looks pretty bad. Does anyone know how I can get ...
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Is heat a practical way to kill structual mold?

So heating the whole house or affected rooms up to 45 50 degrees C for long enough to also heat and kill any mold in exterior walls as well as mold on the surface?
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How do I clean mold off my bathroom ceiling?

So I live in an apartment and there are black spots all over my bathroom ceiling. I assume it's mold. I've kind of avoided dealing with it because it's on the ceiling which makes it harder to clean. ...
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Installing HVAC return in mold-infested room

We're in the process of reducting our house for a central HVAC system. We have an insulated "cold room" in the basement that had an outbreak of green mold in the past, probably from an old fridge but ...
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Is this mold or is it something else?

I recently moved from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest, just outside of Seattle. I rented a house and have been living in it for ~3 months. Just earlier today, in the seldom-entered guest ...
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Can I remove this mold by myself?

I am living in a single room-appartment that has one window, a kitchen unit with no steam outlet/exhaust hood, and a bathroom with no windows but an (albeit small) ventilated outlet above the shower. ...
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Mold at Air Return

I have 2 HVAC units, one for upstairs and one for downstairs. When I went to change my air filter for the downstairs unit I noticed some mold in the return duct. This is a large duct that travels ...
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Mould removal - how bad does it need to be before cleaning isn't enough?

The kitchen faucet in my apartment has been leaking above the counter for years, but every time I complained to management about it nothing happened and it wasn't enough of an annoyance to make me ...
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are those mold? and are these dangerous?

Me and my wife are having headaches and fatigue lately, and we are not sure what's causing it. We did some research and found https://www.whatsupfagans.com/black-mold-in-showers/ and realize it could ...
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What are the black spots on my basement ceiling?

My house is one year new construction. I didn't use the dehumidifier at the basement until one month ago I realized the basement was damp and there were some mold on the wood frame on the basement ...
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mold into dishwasher

I come home from a week away to find that I left a few dishes in the sink, oops, and one of them has signs of life. Would it be unwise to put the moldy mug in the dishwasher? Should I first soak it ...
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Spider-like / roots? mold?

We recently discovered our dishwasher was leaking under our flooring into the subfloor (formerly the floor - oak before the previous owner added pergo). We’re in the process of cleaning it up and see ...
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Unknown growth on window

I found this growth on several of my back windows. I'm not sure if it is mold or moss or something else entirely. Hoping someone could help me identify it and how to safely remove it. Thanks.
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Mold concern after pipe leaked in ceiling

I bought a foreclosure that had been vacant and winterized for more than a year. About ten hours after I turned the water back on, water started dripping from the ceiling in the kitchen. When I ...
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how to clean mold off drydocked cinderblock

Drydocked cinderblock has a significant amount of black and purple mold on it. Will the etchant be sufficient if I want to put a second coat of drylock on? Bleach it first? Pictures Is channel in ...
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Bathroom flooded by condo upstairs. Can there be mold on the drywall between the floors?

Upstairs condo neighbor had an ongoing leak for about two weeks in their bathroom. Not sure what was leaking, but they replaced toilet ring and shower faucets and since then the leak has stopped. This ...
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Fujitsu Halcyon: Custom Air-Filter (C.F.M.)

I'm trying to make airfilters to fit over my Fujitsu Halcyon Wall Mounted heating & air-conditioning split system. I'm talking about the indoor unit specifically. The wire mesh screens that come ...
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How to avoid mouldy properties?

I've been wondering if there is any way to recognise materials/home designs which may mean the growth of mould in a house? For normal properties, simply opening the window during a shower prevents ...
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How to address minor mold problem in paint prep

A little bit of localized roof leaking occurred over the winter above the bathroom. We have addressed the roof problem, so no leaking is occurring any more, but now I'm getting ready to paint the ...
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How can I prevent a humidifier from getting moldy?

I have a small cool mist humidifier. It has a water tank and ejects a mist and does not have a filter or anything. It is "TaoTronics" brand in case anyone wants to find it. I've noticed pink streaks ...
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Is it necessary to replace carpet after a mold infestation in the ceiling and walls?

My ceiling and walls have had some mold issues. There was mold in the drywall which got wet due to condensation and a small roof leak. The affected drywall is replaced, but my wife is hyper-allergic ...
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Mold or something else?

What is this, is the mold anyone know? Photos: 1 2 3 4 5 6
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How can I prevent mold from growing on my bathroom walls?

The humidity in my bathroom is causing mold to grow on the walls. In addition there was a leak in the roof, that stained the ceiling, and now the ceiling is discolored as well even though the leak ...
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Is this mold on my bathroom ceiling?

I've recently purchased a house and am worried there might be mold on the bathroom ceiling. Can anyone identify if that's what these dark blotches are? If it is mold, what's the best way to get rid of ...
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What can be done with walls that are wet and moldy?

After several stormy and rainy days; wetness and mold began to appear on the walls. The mold quickly spread to all of the rooms in the apartment. It did not happen in the summer so it is probably ...
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Is this mold or not?

Mold or dirt? Leak for 6 months saturating this area.
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Damp/Wet Corners with Mold in House

In the outer corners along the external walls of our house, and inside closets on external walls we are experiencing water and moisture gathering on the flooring and there is mold appearing on the ...
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Moved into an older home and found plastic sheeting was applied to cinder blocks in basement

How do we know if we should be redoing all the drywall (on exterior walls) in the basement or leave as-is? We just moved into an older house (1970s) that was mostly sitting empty for about 6-12 ...
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Does A/C encourage mold growth

I think i'm being sold bunk by a mold company, but not sure. We live in the tropics, we recently had our bathroom ceiling flood due to a burst pipe, and went away immediately after. (the landlord had ...
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Basement room + concrete foundation + drywall + moisture question

Basement + concrete foundation + drywall / moisture question: just got drywall glued to a small portion of concrete foundation in an unfinished basement room: Should I have contractor remove these ...
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Risk of insulation triggering mold growth?

The unfinished basement gets water which is pumped out with a sump pump. (Water from heavy rains percolates into the basement.) Company A gave me an estimate to insulate the attic. So did Company B, ...

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