Q: Mold on the drywall! How do we fix this?
Hi, my husband and I live in LA. You wouldn't believe this if you didn't live here, but mold is a big problem here. I've had tons of friends who had mold in the walls of their apartments. Well, my husband and I just bought our first house and there is mold on/in the bathroom drywall. Any advice? It may mostly be a design flaw that we have to take care of. ...there is a drywall overhang above the shower door. Maybe we need someone to get in there an remodel this bathroom. Hopefully, there is not a bigger problem! Any thoughts or advice? Thanks for the help!
A: Mold can be a BIG problem
Many studies of late have shown that mold can be a huge health risk, and many times the discoloration you see on the walls is just the tip of the iceburg. You may have a mold colony growing on the inside of the drywall that can be HUGE (dark, moist, warm - a perfect breeding ground). I would suggest starting by having a mold remediation specialist come out to see how severe the problem is. You may have no choice but to pull out the drywall and start over, but it may be a small thing you can fix much cheaper. Either way, your health is nothing to gamble with!
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A: To Rid Mold/Mildew
To Rid Mildew. A 60/40 mixture of bleach and water should be applied a couple times, allowing to dry each time before painting. Mildew is a fungus that needs to be killed before painting over, and bleach is the best household product that can remedy the area. Keep in mind using bleach mixture in a confined area, breathing this can be harmful, so should also invest in a schedule 2 face mask with charcoal filters would be a good idea.
Is Mold/Mildew/Fungus harmful? You bet it is, can lead to many symptoms requiring a doctors visit, from headaches to runny noses, and flu like symptoms.
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