Questions tagged [mold]

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

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Mold on cedar siding

Bungalow style home in Milwaukee WI with finished attic. Can access the Southern portion of the attic,via a crawl space,but not the opposite side. We had ice dams this winter and there is mold on the ...
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What could cause a central A/C system to smell but only after central heating had been used?

We have a central heating and air conditioning system in a single family home (in Southern California), where there is a large intake vent in the house that goes directly to the central house fan and ...
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Mold or rust stain on roof truss

Paid a visit to my attic earlier today to see if there was any winter damage. Looking all good except for a small piece of truss that has a black stain on it (see picture). I would have said mold ...
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Can you get rounded inside corners in a shower enclosure rather than 90° corners? [closed]

The one-piece, 1978-era tub/shower, in my home has rounded inside corners all the way up the walls which makes it much easier to clean and resistant to mold. I want another shower like that, but all ...
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Should I repair this very small area of minor water damage on my bathroom floor?

I’m getting ready to install LVT over existing VCT in my bathroom, and when I pulled up the shoe molding I discovered that the corner of the floor next to the shower has a slight soft spot at the very ...
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Me and my mom and dad moved to a older house since we have moved in we have had health problems

Me and my mom and dad have been having health problems since we have moved in our house in October , have brain fog and anxiety and my alleges and ashms and rashes and my mom and dad have been having ...
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Can this garbage disposal be saved ? Black gunk doesnt drip down to cabinet floor but my skin crawled when i saw this?

Garbage disposal is about 3 years old. It got jammed , so i tried to find the reset button on bottom. It wouldnt budge so i got a flashlight and got on the floor to make sure i was pressing right ...
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Looking for feedback on prep & paint plan for moldy wood siding

I'm getting ready to paint my cabin this summer and I was hoping to get a reality check on the order of sequence. I've painted houses inside and out before but they were new, and this is a bit ...
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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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Does mould growth definitely indicate a leak?

I've moved into a new place that had some mould growth on the ceiling in one of the bedrooms. I found a leak in the roof that corresponded and patched that up and cleaned up the mould. A few weeks ...
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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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Do these pictures suggest mold is growing behind walls?

Seeking advise on mold. This wall isn’t hard, feels kind of soft to knock. Do u know what material it is and can mold hi through it? You can see in the pics I peeled it and it just revealed more ...
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How much stainblock paint to use in bedroom and where?

I'm renovating my bedroom. On the north wall, there will be freestanding cabinets (wardrobes) against the wall; all interior walls except to the right (east) which is exterior. There's no previous ...
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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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Mold on below grade garage block walls

I have a below grade 2 car internal garage.  Basically the house is built into a slope that rises toward the back yard with the garage doors on the front of the house.  So the rear wall is completely ...
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Replace or clean stained carpet after mold issues?

I moved into a new build just over a year ago, and a few months in mold issues occurred in the nearby closet. The main cause of this was an exterior concrete wall which was still drying, and led to ...
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Do you need to do a damp test?

I have mold smells coming from the various hole in my flat. My landlord inspected the property and said we can't see it but are willing to cover all the cracks and holes for you. I said you can't see ...
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Greenish gray mold on wooden window frame

Does anyone know how to deal with greenish gray mold on the border of my window frame and the insulated glazing? I've never had mold before and my house is 32 years old and very well insulated. The ...
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Can mould be leaking through pipes cracks/holes?

I know that mold is definately leaking through some of the deep holes in my flat. You can see brick in the holes as well as space for air to travel. Can pipes with cracks and holes behind them also ...
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Can I use dehumidifier to tackle mouldy bathroom

we had a new bathroom built as an extension about 20 years ago. It didn't have any wallpaper or anything on it for a while, just the exposed brown plaster. It was painted using water based paint a few ...
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Does mold in a loggia means that the loggia must be replaced?

My apartment has a loggia which used to be a balcony (it is now an extension of the living room without any separation between them - the door that was there was removed). This was done by the ...
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How worried should I be about mold/mildew in my water softener tank?

My wife and I moved into a home that had been rented for a while. Looks like lots of maintenance has been deferred to us, including the water softening system. We noticed some mold in the tank during ...
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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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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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Should I use vapor barrier for a framed floor over a slab?

What to do about the vapor barrier? I am currently using a formerly unheated basement room as home office. The room is not properly insulated and rather hard to keep warm. I am thinking about ...
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What kind of treatment should I use on bottom wall plates to prevent decay?

I have a bathroom project in my basement. I made the mistake of not using pressure-treated lumber for the bottom plate. Everything is roughed in, and I have access to the framing since I haven't put ...
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Vapor barrier on heated entertainment shed

i am building an 8x10 entertainment shed with a loft for kids to hang out and have sleepovers in, i will be heating it. I have tyvek and t1-11 it is on 4x4 skids on top of the Concrete patio and has 3/...
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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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Is this mold or just black wood?

Are the black spots on my OSB mold? If so, should I be concerned? We had a problem with vent but has been corrected. Thanks. Image is of worse area in attic.
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There is mold in my bucket of paint. Can I still use the paint?

This is a very expensive acrylic paint, the bucket was not properly closed, and left 1 year in the basement. Now there is mold inside the bucket ; The strong smell of acrylic has also disappeared. ...
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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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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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Mold on underside of attic flooring

I found mold on the underside of my plywood attic flooring. The attic has rollout fiberglass insulation with a paper vapor barrier in the attic joists with no rafter insulation. I have installed ...
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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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Rescuing mouldy wooden furniture

Most of my furniture has been in an unheated house for 6 months (extension and rewire). Most of it has now developed mould - one of the worst affected pieces is pictured but most of it has patches ...
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Help to identify and remove mold on wooden-furniture

A couple of months ago I found a lot of small yellow solid dots on the shelves of the bookcase in my bedroom. As it was an old piece of furniture, so I took the chance to buy a new one. I carefully ...
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Upper Floor Window Condensation Issues - HRV?

We live in a 2 level home with basement in central washington. The winters average 20-36 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity levels of 70-99%. Summers are fairly warm to hot with lower RH. Our issue is ...
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Possible mould damage from burst pipe

On 15th December 2020 we became aware of a burst pipe on the side of our house. The source of the leak was the cold water pipe leading into the hot water system on the side of the house (brick veneer)...
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How should I clean mold from studs?

I found a water leak behind my refrigerator. It was about 3 feet wide a 1 foot high. I pulled the drywall and I'm running a blower and dehumidifier in the kitchen. The studs have some mold on them. ...
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Is this black material in my HVAC air duct mold?

I live in an apartment complex in the southeastern United States. The apartment complex is made of brick so is probably fairly old, but my apartment was renovated just before I moved in. It has ...
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Mold growth in home

My home is a mold catastrophe. My fiancé was sick for a year and we got an air quality test and it tested the highest level. I started ripping the house apart and found that there was mold in three ...
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Is there mold in my apartment bathroom? What is causing the unpleasant smell there?

I moved into my first apartment in August. The apartment is a 3rd floor 2 bedroom apartment and it’s great except one persistent issue that has gotten worse over the last few months. The master ...
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How can I mouldproof a conservatory?

We bought a small conservatory a few years ago. Despite following all the available advice (minimising condensation, cleaning regularly, etc...) mould still accumulates in the corners. What can I do ...
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Mildew around window retrofit inserts

Some of the windows in our house have mildew around the replacement window inserts (~18 years old). Mostly at the bottom. The original frames were aluminum, the inserts of course are PVC. The ...
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Mold on Bathroom Ceiling

I have a popcorn ceiling in my bathroom that has a tendency to collect mold. I clean it off with bleach but it always comes back. There was no mold prior to remodeling the bathroom a few years ago, ...
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How to paint a small bathroom with very poor ventilation?

Amateur here, just trying to do his best. How to paint a small bathroom with very poor ventilation? I imagine I'd want a paint that seals the paint behind it (which has been prone to a little mold), ...
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Could these white fluffy spots on the wood in my attic be be mold?

I am currently living in Vancouver area, recently I got a leak in my roof but my roofer already fixed it yesterday. After the day it was repaired I went up to our attic to check if if everything was ...
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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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Replacing drywall on ceiling after a small flood

A laundry washer located upstairs, right above the basement room, had a leak and flooded the basement drywall ceiling. Luckily I was in the house and could stop the leak, however it did damage couple ...
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Will showering with the fan on and bathroom door open prevent mold?

I have a room mate who loves to just sit in the shower tub with the shower raining over him. He sits in the shower for 2 hours or longer easily (not over exaggerated), just watching youtube videos. He'...

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