How to Mask a Recurring Mold Problem with Interior Paint
What is mold?
Mold is a fungal growth that grows in homes. It can cause damage to fabrics, discolor paint and wallpaper, but most importantly, it can make you and your family very sick. Mold is much more than just a cosmetic problem. It can be toxic, resulting in numerous health risks. Mold can be most commonly detected on walls, lumber, furniture, fabric and carpet if left damp for extended periods of time.
What causes mold?
Mold is caused by indoor condensation. When water is heated, it turns to vapor. When vapor cools and turns back into liquid, it is known as condensation. In humid conditions, condensation can appear after a very slight drop in temperature. For example, in an unventilated bathroom, you may notice droplets of water that form on the mirror after taking a hot shower or bath. The most common areas affected by mold are bathrooms, kitchens, cluttered storage areas or basements, around plumbing pipes, or in outdoor areas in humid environments.
Health Effects of Mold
Not everyone is affected by mold, but those with sensitivities to it may experience symptoms similar to an allergic reaction, such a sneezing, sensitive nose and eyes, or trouble breathing. Even if no symptoms are present, toxic molds produce mycotoxins that can cause neurological problems or even death. So how to you protect your home from mold? The solution is two-fold: first you must control the moisture, and then kill the mold.
Step 1: Evaluate the Damage
If you see mold on any interior walls, examine the condition of the wall and the extent of the mold problem. If the drywall has been damaged, is crumbling or bowed out and covered with black, green or blue splotches, it will need to be replaced. If the wall is structurally sound but still covered with mold, you should be able to remove the spots with a cleaner and some elbow grease.
Step 2: Prepare the Area
You’ll recognize mold by its appearance—usually black, white or bluish patches on walls. It can also grow on any organic material surrounding the mold-affected areas, such as carpeting, cardboard boxes, etc. Remove these items from the wall and throw away what you can. Furniture may be recovered with a thorough cleaning, but in some cases it may have to be thrown away. Moving these items out of the way will also provide room to work when removing the mold.
Step 3: Get Rid of the Mold
Unless you have a very small amount of mold, it’s best to leave this job to a professional. The best thing for removing mildew and mold from walls is a bleach/water mixture or a commercially available solution. Note that bleach will not permanently kill mold, but it will remove it enough so that it can be sealed with paint. It is very important that whoever is removing the mold wear waterproof rubber gloves to protect their hands.
Step 4: Use a Stain-Blocking Paint
When all the splotches of mold have been cleared away, there may be remaining stains left on wall surfaces. Now is the time to have a professional prime the wall with a stain-blocking primer as a topcoat. From there, you can choose any interior paint you wish for the second and third coat.
Remember, after removal, it’s crucial to stay alert and look for possible signs of mold. If you have a mold problem in your home, Castino Painting can help. Give us a call today at 847-729-3200.