Mold is something that can happen in any home at any time. That is because it needs an organic food source and some moisture to grow. These needs make drywall the perfect place to appear.
While mold will not do anything in the short term, it can be a hazard for your home and health in the long run. That is why it is essential to opt for drywall repair as soon as you spot mold. Of course, you can try to treat it yourself too.
Here is how you can deal with mold on drywall.
1. Eliminate Moisture Source
The first thing you need to do is understand where the mold is getting its moisture from. It can either be a leaky pipe, window, roofing issue, or anything else. That is why you must inspect the surrounding areas and understand what is causing the moisture.
Unless you remove the source of moisture, the mold will keep on appearing even after you remove it. So, you need to do a thorough inspection and spot the source of moisture and then fix it.
2. Remove Mold
The next step is to start removing the mold. Here is what you need to wear for your safety while removal:
• Rubber gloves
• Long sleeves and pants to fully cover yourself
• Safety glasses
• Respirator mask
Start removing the mold using a bristled brush and a spray bottle with a cleaning solution. However, to reduce the number of spores in the air, make sure you use a vacuum that has been fitted with a HEPA filter. It will help you eliminate all surface spores from the mold. Quality disposable gloves and other protective gear are vital to keeping out mold spores from your body, eyes, and lungs. Do not skip on any protective clothing if you don’t want to experience the harmful health effects of contact with or inhalation of mold spores.
3. Kill Mold
Once you have removed the mold and the surface spores, it is time to kill the mold. For this, you can use:
• Baking soda, water, and white vinegar
• Concrobium Mold Control
• Three percent hydrogen peroxide
Any of these products can easily kill the mold in no time. Whatever method you choose, spray the solution on the drywall and let it sit for ten minutes. After that, brush the surface in a circular motion.
Once it is killed, take a cleaning wipe to remove any residue that has been left on the wall. Start drying your wall once it is clean and give it twenty-four hours to dry completely.
4. Cover-Up Stains
Because of the process, you will notice some discoloration on the drywall. You can use a mold-killing primer to cover up the stain after removal. Only once the stain is covered and dried, you can begin painting the drywall again.
That was your complete guide dealing with mold on drywall. If you don’t want to go through this process, you can always call a professional drywall contractor. They will take care of it in no time and ensure that the mold does not show up again in your home.
After all, you need a permanent solution so you and your family can live in a safe and healthy home.