Questions tagged [mold]

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

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Black water from kitchen sink cold water line

Today I noticed my kitchen sink was leaking underneath in the cabinet. I went to take a look and it looked as if it was coming from somewhere inside the faucet. I disconnected the lines and removed ...
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Testing for MSRA/Staph in your home [closed]

I am unsure if this is the proper place to ask this, or if the Biology StackExchange would be better, but I thought to start here first! My situation is that I have been suffering from skin problems ...
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Furnace with no filter is drawing air from the basement which has black mould. I am looking at renting this house?

The house I am looking at renting is old but nice. Problem furnace in the basement has had the outside air intake closed so only draws air from the basement. The filter has been taken away and parts ...
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Is this mold? How to remove?

I'm in the process of renovating my garage. There was a 1 in. gap due to rotting wood where the roof shingles meet the fascia (part where gutter is attached). The discolored wood is near the gap. A ...
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How to remove surface mold on shower walls and ceilings?

I'll be doing a small bathroom remodel on a VERY old house which mainly includes installing bathroom fan and a full paint job as the main tasks. On first walk through, I noticed that the house has ...
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removing mold on wall beneath sink

I had some water dripping under the sink from the valve and the faucet that was leaking. After fixing the faucet, some mold started to appear on the dry wall behind the sink. I have taken it out two ...
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Help with hiring pressure washing service

I need to get my 2400 sq.ft., 2-story house pressure washed, and had a few services visit the house to provide quotes. The quotes are widely different so I need some advice to decide. Service A said ...
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How to construct a time capsule bottle? [closed]

We (my daughter and I) are building some time capsules in a bottle, i.e., putting photos, letters, small memories and so inside some glass bottles. We plan to have a good lifespan of some: 10 years, ...
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What is this black sooty material on the inside of my roller shutter?

I have a bedroom window that looks out over the east (a backyard with mostly tiles and little plants) with a roller shutter which over the past couple of years has gotten a serious buildup of some ...
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Why is there mold on the ceiling of my second floor balcony?

I have owned a new build house since August of last year. There is a balcony on the second floor and the ceiling of it is below my third floor. The side of the house has HardyPlank siding. Since last ...
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basement drywall over vertical brick surface

I'm attaching drywall to the studs in my basement. The wall's frame of studs is standing on top of a tiny wall of bricks, one brick deep. The bricks were already there, acting to dam water so it ...
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Remove black residue/mold on bathroom caulking

I have black residue developing along the seams in my bathroom (standing shower). The residue seems to be growing on the white caulking done along the seams. I tried to remove it using the "Scrubbing ...
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Biokleen (biodegradable detergent) soaked into drywall

I have a wall that goes into a storage room in the garage. It is drywall with fiberglass insulation. I stored a gallon of Biokleen (Biokleen All Purpose Cleaner Super Concentrated, 128 oz) and it ...
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Mold in unpainted wood? How to treat? [duplicate]

I have a door that was installed and the contractor put in some spacer wood. I didn't paint them and these were exposed to some rain (I'm in Los Angeles where it rains a few days a year) Here's a ...
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When buying a rental home after many years of our occupancy, is a home inspection still necessary? [closed]

I lived in a rental home for around 8 years and am currently negotiating the cash purchase of it. Because I've lived here for so long and (this is my first home purchase),I'm very familiar with the ...
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Get rid of mold in closet already painted over

I have mold in a closet with 2 water pipes. 7 years ago there was a leak upstairs that ran down. My roommate does not want to involve building so it's up to me. I had a removal company come and do a ...
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Is this mold? Is it dangerous mold?

My elderly parents live in a condo. They saw a leak in the attic crawl space a few weeks ago. I went to take a look myself. Referencing these posts, it sure seems like mold to my untrained eye. ...
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Should I seal this floor or should I just put down vapor barrier before tiling?

I had some water compromise a vanity, leading to its removal. There was a void in the floor where it was originally tiled around, so the entire floor will be retiled. Upon demolition, I noticed some ...
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Pros and cons of walling off window from inside only or removing window and sealing wall totally

We live in Florida. To gain additional wall space we are considering using wallboard on the inside only and leaving the window as is to the outside. What are the pros and cons? Does this increase ...
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Mold coming from laminate - how to evaluate what's underneath?

Appartment There is laminate in my 55m² appartment, except for kitchen and bathroom. Underneath that is some sort of "foam mat" (don't know the exact term). At the desk below my chair there is a PVC ...
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Black spots in the kitchen sink

I just moved into a new flat and there seems to be some black spots in the kitchen sink(image attached).Is this black mold?How can I get rid of them safely? PS: There is some black mold lining on the ...
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How to have my house inspected for mold?

I recently did a Google search for mold inspection and felt a bit overwhelmed by the results and conflicting advice. I am asking because I am chronically ill and have recently been diagnosed with ...
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How to remove mold from cloth upholstery

My coach is covered in black mold, Google search shows various suggestions including vinegar, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol. Which is the most effective proven method to remove mold ...
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How should I go about a partial (bottom 1/5) exterior wall stud replacement?

I tried searching for this answer but only found one other question that seemed relevant, but doesn't exactly answer my question. My water heater blew while I was on vacation. I didn't have insurance ...
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How can I remove mold that cannot be detected by human eye?

We live in an apartment (we own it, but it is co-op) and believe there may be mold in bathroom. Mold can be invisible to the human eye. How to get rid of mold in bathroom? Can we do it ourselves? ...
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Dots on ceiling

In one of the rooms in my house, I have slanted ceiling. On the ceiling, some small dots can be seen. They run across the length of the slanted ceiling. I am unsure what these marks could be. Any idea ...
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I have black mold spores in window air conditioning unit, why

I have read on many sites how to get rid of black mold in a/c unit. What I would like to know, if I purchase a new unit, how would I make certain that this problem does not occur again. Why did this ...
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Is this mold, mildew or just dirt?

We just removed some molding from our floor only to reveal some kind of black substance that looks like dirt. We are not sure what it is. See the following photograph.
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How should I flush my refrigerators drinking water system after storage?

Have a refrigerator that has been turned off and left closed! It has a ice maker and water line. How do I go about making sure that it is safe to use the ice and water?
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Mold in basement

I recently bought a condo and noticed that there was what appears to be a dark colored mold growing on this gypsum board that is bolted to the cement foundation in my basement. On the top of the ...
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Finding Mold After Roof Leak

I have a leaking roof that I am having professionally replaced. I had originally thought the water damage was minimal and isolated to a specific area, until a bad storm last week caused water to pour ...
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Why do anti-mold products avoid stating it kills mold?

I've noticed almost all products for treating mold/mildew say something like "mold stain remover", rather than indicating they can actually kill the mold/mildew. I'm wondering, are these products ...
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Is this grey stuff on the wood mold?

I smell a dark heavy musky smell that comes and goes. It will travel around in my apartment, but it is also always in one spot...right in front of my ac closet when it does come about. Although, ...
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Would mold eventually just die by itself if its environment was made uninhabitable?

I decided to move my noisy server farm into my basement. I enhanced the ventilation somewhat with 500CFM intake/exhaust fans and in combination with the heat coming off the farm, the room is now a ...
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Is the discoloration on my bed frame rails mold? [duplicate]

So the wood panels lay on top of the metal beams, it's a bed frame but I noticed these spots on the metal and rubbed them off and smelt like rotten eggs please let me know 😑
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Is this mold? Black? White?

Guys I need to find out what this is- it's also on my wooden bed racks
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How to handle huge amounts of mold in my wall

I have big problems fighting the mold in my wall. First of all, where I live my concrete wall is entirely covered with nothing more than paint in the exterior and inside. The building is surrounded ...
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How to get rid of mold behind garage door railing

Is this soot or mold: The metal bar you see are the garage door railing. I'm looking up at the ceiling. How do I get rid of this mold? Do I need to cut the drywall away? Or can I just spray it with ...
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Mold and Kilz question

A Kilz type product was used over some wood with black stains which we now realize may have been mold. What should we do now? Can we treat the KIlz painted wood with a mold killer now?
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How should I fix a previous owners mistakes in this bathroom? (see pictures)

I recently bought a fairly old house (circa 1900). I am in the middle of demo-ing the full bathroom and need some help. After removing the fiberglass shower wall, I found standard drywall which was, ...
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Drylock First or Anti-Mold Paint First?

I recently removed my basement drywall and the old insulation behind it. The basement was first finished about 30 years ago (by old owners). The walls are concrete blocks. Most of them are fine, ...
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Mold in utility closet - how bad does it look? [closed]

I'm a buyer looking to soon close on a highrise condo, built in 2005. I did an home inspection today and the inspector reported that the water heater doesn't work & leaking, and there's a mold ...
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how to remove mold on wall?

I'm trying to paint this wall but as you can see, there are mold on it What would be the best way to remove the mold on my walls? Thanks
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How safe are shower rennovations like Bath Fitter? What about mold behind the tile and wall?

We're wanting to just get a clean stand-up shower in our master, and have had multiple quotes for a gut and replace. Along with these, we've also got a quote from Bath Fitter to do a wrap for about 50%...
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Mildewed carpeting, uninsulated flooring

Problem: I just moved into a rented apartment. The bedroom closet/office has carpeting which is mildewed. It noticeably smells offensive and I am allergic to mold. Examination: We looked under ...
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Possible application to backboard in shower

I had a mild mold issue and as I tore the bottom of the window frame (in the middle of the back shower wall) I found more and more damp wood. Noticing there was plywood instead of cement board. I tore ...
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How can I determine if there is mold on my fieldstone basement walls?

I recently purchased a home built in 1908 which has a fieldstone foundation. The basement remains unfinished and has a cold room. Recently water started appearing on the basement floor and I want to ...
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Air flow and ventilation in an apartment with all windows on one side

I am considering renting a 2 bedroom apartment with all the windows on one side(south). But I am concerned about the overall air circulation in the apartment and eventually moisture and mold problems. ...
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Can you tile on finished plaster wall in a shower?

My house was built in 1925, it has plaster walls. The area around the bathtub/shower is only tiled halfway up the wall. We recently hired someone to finish the tiling up to the showerhead, and he ...
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What causes mold on brand new porcelain tile--literally after only 4 well-ventilated showers with fan on?

I just had a brand new addition to my house constructed including a new bedroom and master bathroom installed. All went well with two caveats: (1) there was substantial flooding in the house near ...

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