Does your Drywall Have Mold? How to Tell (And How to Fix It)
Drywall mold affects an area of a home due to water damage, air circulation, and other natural elements. The growth of mold differs according to the environmental conditions and the maintenance of the home.
In order for mold to be properly restricted, you first need to target it by looking for clues such as discoloration in paint or a dark tint to the drywall or paint. After you target the area or areas that are being affected by mold, you must take precautionary steps to properly clean the area and figure out the cause of the mold growth. Let’s explore the signs and solutions for drywall mold with a real life scenario.
Noticing Signs Of Drywall Mold
Maggie has recently purchased a house built in 2008. Being her first home, she is really excited to begin decorating. Maggie wanders from room to room mapping out paint color, furniture, and all the other decor to create a comfortable home.
She eventually makes her way to the bedroom. As she looks around, a thousand different decorating ideas flood her head until she notices that a wall of the room looks a little discolored. Taking a couple steps back, she realizes that it has a black tint at the top right corner going all the way down to the floorboards. Maggie begins to panic because she just bought the house and is suddenly concerned there might be something wrong with the home.
Maggie calls her brother Chris for advice. He tells Maggie not to panic because he can that he can help her figure out what exactly is wrong. When he enters the room to investigate, he immediately sees the discolor and realizes this damage might be beyond their control. Chris recommends calling a handyman and decides to stay with Maggie in case they need help.
Getting Help For Drywall Mold
The handyman arrives in the afternoon and begins to inspect the area. He immediately believed the problem was mold caused by water damage that might have been seeping in from the roof. He needed to properly remove the drywall and clean off the mold to find the root of the problem in order to correct the issue.
He suggests all air circulation be shut off as he walks to his car in order to get a mask, gloves, and body suit in case the mold ended up being more prominent than expected. Maggie shut off the air conditioning and Chris looked for any areas of ventilation that could be covered or closed.
The handyman returned to the bedroom with supplies. Closing the door, he laid out a plastic blanket on the floor in order to catch the drywall he would be cutting and removing from the wood beams. With a knife he cut the drywall up into sections, removing first the paint with the discoloration, only to see that the drywall behind the painted wall was completely spotted. Removing the drywall slowly, he put it into a big trash bag.
While inspecting the wood and insulation, he noticed the black mold had spread into the insulation and was all over the wood, becoming darker and thicker towards the top of the wooden frames. He was lead to believe that to properly correct the mold, the roof needed to be inspected.
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