My living room had internal cladding of some sorts put on it with a fresh coat of plaster. AC closets are ideal for mold growth because the spores thrive in warm, wet, dark places. Are there any other defects in the area like leaking gutters, leaking downpipes, cracked render that may have an impact? Not sure if we are doing it right. Finding mould behind a radiator seems a little odd, but it is on an outer wall and as our house is plasterboard with cladding i am told that we cannot have insulation. 5. Leave the closet door open for ventilation and allow the dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture from the air. Many thanks for your assistance. Properly-installed air-conditioning systems remove moisture from the air of the living space by taking up warm air, cooling it (removing the moisture) and circulating cool, dry air back into the room. A damp proof course is a barrier installed at the base of the wall when it is being built to prevent dampness from the ground rising by capillary action within the wall. The bedroom that has the mould is an extension to the house (was once a big house, converted to two massionettes) the bedroom is alot colder than the rest of the house, but we have the heating on to try and keep it warm (currently about 20C) We have quite a lot of mould on one wall, seems to go across the wall in patches and also up two corners of the wall. Normal sized closets tend to be pretty small unless you, of course, have a larger home. HI, Use 1 tsp baking soda with 1 cup water. I am currently looking for a ‘specialist’ to help us identify the cause of a musty smell in a number of rooms in our house and mildew in one wardrobe. Its located at the highest point on the wall on both sides of the corner (just below the roof). I had builders in on something else, so I got them up to look at the mould and ask if they could put more mastic around the outside of the doors to make sure the seal was still good. If not he should have and got you to sign a declaration of works stating the offering and the potential results of not taking it up. We have, what I think, White mould growing on the internal Walls of our garden brick shed. hi there, i have a white powder like mould on my walls, what is it and what causes it , and how do i get rid of it. They are on the second floor of our house, and I noticed it on the high ceiling in the middle of our home as well. How to Troubleshoot Mold on Interior Walls. As you are buying the house I would first recommend that you get a full structural survey carried out to protect yourself. My question is firstly would a dry liner be a suitable person to treat this kind of situation and if so do you believe this work is what would be expected. During the summer I noticed a smell in one bedroom. Can’t stand the thought of it, please help Sheila. or could it be partially damp clothing? My son is having bad cough, excema and I’m wondering if this could be the cause. I’m serious. Is it a fungus or is it because I have not left enough room for the wall to breath? we have just moved into a rented massionette, when we moved in, all the walls looked fine and no mould, we have only lived here a month and we have mould. I have received a quote from a friend who is a dry liner and here is the work he prescribed: 1) Removal of any defective wall, ceiling plaster Morning! I am now very worried that it is airborne. I was thinking that replacing the windows might be the solution? Is this simply a case where more insulation is required or is this more serious? Would I be right in thinking this could be solved with a vent fan in the bathroom and maybe some wall insulation in the bedroom? Clean corners thoroughly as any mold left there could re-establish the infestation. We feel with the measures we have taken that the mould should not be developing any further, do we need to use an anti mould wash? I had a company come and look and their solution is a rencom ventilation system i believe its called. We moved to a new house in May, the house was built in 1998. Also this bedroom has a very old double glazed window that will be replaced. We have threw out the mattress and treated the slats of the bed. Hi It is a good idea that wood surfaces affected to be sand to ensure the mold is completely removed. I checked the bathroom which is next door- no problem there or anywhere else in flat. Laura. The plaster has never seen this problem and has lightly skimmed over the pitted areas. We cannot have cavity wall insulation because there isn’t a cavity. The house I Currently reside in a 5- bedroom semi detached extension in the Manchester. 4. Thanks. Limit the drying of clothes internally and if clothes are dried inside they should be dried in well-ventilated rooms (with windows open) and with the doors closed to other parts of the dwelling. Who do I call to get assistance that will not rip me off? It often causes extensive and very costly damage as it spreads from area to area looking for its food source, timber. Perhaps a DPC (damp proof course) or DPM (damp proof membrane) is missing or damaged.” Helen. I became unemployed around two years ago and have living in a damp mould infested bedsit since. The vents in the bedrooms are always left open. This adds much needed space to our tiny kitchen, but because it’s single brick it gets condensation and mould growth. You should probably engage an architect or engineer to look at your property in person and advise of the best solution. When you open the closet, warm moist air from the house flows into the closet and condenses on the cold wall. Is there any treatment that can be sprayed into the wall cavity to rid the timber frame of this old musty smell? One suggested drylining. Mold typically looks fuzzy. Hi Maybe 3 years ago. Dampness in any structure is caused by condensation of moisture from humid air onto cooler surfaces. Anyone who has gotten sinustis will know its scarey to say the least its like episodes of fever you start shaking become dellusional your. I came across something similar once and it was caused by penetrating damp in a solid brick wall. We have a ensuite shower the house is well insulated .the window is the story and a half part of the house I have a louvre vent and vented windows that I can open and shut. From what you have detailed it sounds like the ceiling to the carport (or the floor of the room over) is not insulated. You mention “Engage a specialist to inspect roofs, walls, balconies etc for leaks in water proofing membrane and flashings. We have also discovered mould on the inside of a free standing wardrobe in our daughters room on the other side of the house and on the clothes inside. Here is some more information on mold in closets: We got one window replaced 2 years ago, and this is the only window that doesn’t get condensation. Thanks. I have a detached bungalow built in the late 60’s, I had cavity wall insulation put in not long after I moved in 12 years ago. Hi we have a dorma house built in the 70s. It seems fairly fast growing and we have now found it in 4 different upstairs and downstairs rooms. I then noticed it also in the other side of the same wardrobe that sits closer to the centre of the house. Towel dry the mold-free area, making sure to reach into corners if applicable. Is the crack outside on gabel end the cause of the mould? But in your case, which sounds quite serious, or where mould is located in concealed areas it would be important to get a good damp specialist company in to investigate, clean and treat the affected areas. In these, too, airborne substances can affect the upper respiratory tract. In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. That doesn’t sound good. If a room is allowed to cool the door into it should remain closed to prevent warm damp air entering from the remainder of the dwelling, and condensing in the room. Great post, thanks for sharing! We have severe condensation on windows, especially patio door off kitchen and bedroom windows. It appears to be on the surface of the paint and I would suspect condensation build up as this at the most northerly facing point of the house and only happens when it gets colder (i.e. Therefore the ceiling needs to be insulated to prevent the heat from the room above being lost to the cold carport. I built a house 5. Do not use compact fluorescent bulbs in the light because they do not generate heat and will not help to prevent a mold problem. White and mouldy fungi accumulation on books, clothes, cardboard, and wooden furniture; It even causes allergies, sneezing and irritation; 15 home remedies to get rid of mold and mildew. Leave in place for one-half hour. It sits on the paint and spreads quik once it starts. Cooking, laundering and bathing, without adequate ventilation, add three gallons of water to the air every day. Hi It is semi detached circa 1970. Sorry for the long comment but am desperate for a solution. If things are kept clean, well-ventilated and dry, your chances of having mildew are greatly lessened. The areas where mould is located need to be treated using a suitable fungicidal wash. Would be grateful of your thoughts or advise as I do not want to spend anymore money on it unless I can be guaranteed it will sort out my problems (I spent a good bit on the new ventilation!!). But if it was my house I would do the following: 1. The clothes in our bedroom had this green mould growing on them, and I can ‘taste’ it if that makes sense, but no major signs of it on bedroom wall – only around windows. The article above provides should information to help find the source of the problem, but if its as serious as you say an engineer or architect (fully trained and with PI) should be engaged to carry out an inspection and report on suitable remedies. The problem is the Extension En suite Bedroom, it constantly has dark mold patches in the corners of the room, which are getting worse and spreading even after years cleaning with spray, using a electric de-humidifier and decorating over numerous years. Thanks for the advice! Dark, damp and humid closets can be breeding grounds for mold. My guess would be that the carport is not heated and is not well insulated. By The Helpful Engineer / On October 13, 2010 / In Existing Building Issues. Kind regards I have tried to contact people with out success to get a remedy to re-doing the insulation. 4) Seal background with water tight plaster sealer Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Built in 1907. The house was previously owned by family, and this has just started. Dry rot is a major building decay fungus and is one of the most insidious and destructive problems your property can have. I am ground floor and it ruined the two flats above and has caused a wall to become damp and mould spots on the wall and ceiling. Remove mould from all surfaces where present by washing the surface with a suitable fungicidal solution and allow it to drying. Any ideas thanks. He got 4 rooftile vents installed this year and the loft is cold and airy. We always open windows while having showers and dont dry clothes in the house, there is also a air vent in the wall of the bedroom, house was probably built in the 1920, not sure about the extension though. Any suggestions? I live in a 2 bedroom flat with reoccurring damp in 2 specific spots only. We don’t know where to start to fix the problem. Leaking water pipes can also contribute to mold growth in your home. The main point to remember is to stop the water entering the wall. I’m a decorator myself and I’ve noticed that the wallpaper is starting to come away from the walls also. A tenant has just left the property so I also intend to air the property a lot more and I have purchased a de-humidifier. Its hard to comment on limited information. Using the natural ingredient is ideal for closets, too. Older homes often have problem closets. But this is a temporary cosmetic solution and the cause of the appearance of the mould, the damp environment, needs to be dealt with prior to redecorating. Usually buying a damp removal products and taking the precautions detailed. If you could email me a few photographs and add a few more details like is it happening on the ground floor? You might spend eight hours in your bedroom at night, every night, while you might only spend an hour or so in the bathroom, another hour or so in the kitchen, and just a few hours in the living room. Bear in mind that water entering a leak can penetrate in one place, track along a surface and exit in a remote spot. We had cavity wall insulation done about three years ago and over the past two years in the little bedroom at the front that has two outside walls there is a lot of black spotty mould and the wall and room feel cold. There is no vent in the front or back of the house so only ventilation is windows. Our shed is north facing so the rooms get very cold. Really need advice but have noticed a lot of people’s last questions have not been answered! My house has a mould issue it is a housing association home and upstairs has mould issues which they insist are down to us, our windows do not have condensation . Kind regards is it a case of 12 years of unused house dampness that will dry out eventually? We have no idea how long this stuff has been growing. However I am having problem in the bedrooms only. We live in a bungalow that is about 20 years old now. Thanks for clear advice. My council have been out and used anti mold paint in my porch with no success. Do you think this has caused damage and what is the solution – Damp proof inside and out ?? Hi There is not much information to go on. In bathrooms, leave the door to the linen closet open whenever possible to allow light in and air to circulate. Hi, Then this last winter we have started to get black mould down in the corner of the wall near the base of the doors. Many homeowners find that their closets become a source of mold and mildew. When we saw the bungalow there were new floors and skirtings laid in the bedroom and the walls were re- plastered. Our existing windows are double glazed pvc but are there since the house was built. Corners that are located away from this moving air, like those in closets, become cool and allow moisture to condense. This solves the problem, but it doesn’t let us utilise the space very well – we’d love to have units fitted around this area to extend the useable space in our kitchen. This bedroom is usually quite chilly and has two external walls and the bathroom is quite small with a small window. Condensation occurs when warm moist air meets a cold surface. – Excessive moisture on the building element itself because of defects in the building and/or flashings. 7. The water has just been connected & it has only appeared, there doesn’t appear to be any buckling of the boards & the room hasn’t been ventialted as the handle was missing on the window, but it appears to be where the boards meet – any ideas? 1. Looking forward to hearing back from you with a solution to fix this ongoing problem. The mold is now only on the ceiling and growing fast. From what you have detailed it would seem that improving the insulation to the walls (and possibly the ceiling/ roof) is the long term answer. Closets often provide the cool temperatures and moist atmosphere that mold needs flourish. In the bedroom he said it was a lack of ventilation and again the dehumidifier should help. From talking to people and googling I belive this is not the correct solution (I have heard of someone in the same estate getting it done and the problem came back worse than ever). Hi, we moved in to our house in September. I have scrubbed the place to try get rid of the smell. Mold spores can be breathed in easily and can cause a lot of problems: breathing; congestion; asthma attacks; coughing and more. 'THE HELPFUL ENGINEER' FACEBOOK PAGE. House is 4 years old & theres damp mould on one ensuite door & on wooden set of drawers in ensuite. I would like help and assistance from any specialists? The outside of the property has wooden faschia’s could this be the root cause? Hi Your land lord has a legal responsibility to provide you with a safe living enviroment. Some types of fibers including nylon, polyester, and acrylic are mildew-resistant and will not support mold … There is also the smell of mould. Washing the walls with anti mould solution and painting with perma white a special kind of paint for keeping mould away but all to no avail it keeps coming back so much so that now I have developed severe sinusitis and ashma. Mold is a health hazard that can increase allergies and airborne pollutants. The mould looks like patches of green bobly and some yellow/white bobly patches. My two questions are 1. I am at loss as to what to do after spending so much money. I have blown insulation in to the cavity and lined the walls with polystyrene type wall lining and insulated above the room in the loft which has reduced the problem. Tips to prevent mold from growing in your closets: Make sure that clothes are completely dry before storing them in closets. Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. The room is always cold my dad doesn’t use the heating . It would require a waterproof render over it off course. Bear in mind the other points in the article as well, i.e. I imagine, from your suggestions we should “provide additional insulation to avoid cold spots on walls” before re-doing our kitchen. Regarding the use (or not) of polystyrene: this is a cheaper slighter and less effective insulting foam, but if you want to use it you could thicken the depth used. Would this be a better idea? I have mold that keeps forming in my single bedroom I share with my partner. The humidity level in our house is about 57% to 60% on average. At a loss at this stage! It’s a good dry house. What advice would you give to get rid completely? Don’t know who to turn to – any advice or help would be much appreciated. We have mould behind our chest of draws we have washed it off with a fungal wash, but cant understand where it’s come from its nowhere else in the bedroom . How to Remove Mold in the Closet. It would mean that the internal space is not reduced and could be installed without to much disruption to your house. It’s not showing on the windows as they are more insulated then the wall the problem is showing on. After few days we painted the area but the mould has appeared again. Moldy drywall will have to be cut out and replaced. Apply the mixture to the affected area of wall or ceiling. When I touch with my hand it comes off like a powdery substance. Hi there Let me know how you get on. We have an air brick at the top of the wall and vents in the windows. The builder was an insulation specialist, so I was a bit alarmed to recently find green mould spores growing up the walls by the stairs. Clean as appropriate. I got a large shed built in my back garden just for storage.Its up about 6 years and my daughter now wants it as a play room so i got insulation boards put up, got it plastered and painted. Over the past few years we’ve been getting some black mould patches over the windows (bedrooms mostly) and in some of the external corners at ceiling height. Please and thank you Steven, Please help….I moved into a 1970’s bungalow last year, the previous owner of 12 years used it as a holiday home and never used it during winter. Not all mold is black and not all black mold is toxic, but it does have the potential of turning into toxic black mold. The house has very poor insulation and i fear the mould is being caused by body heat when lying in bed. We have patches that seem to occur in some places on the wall. However, I notice also that the grout along that wall is cracked and I am worried it is rising damp. I do notice condensation on the windows in the morning also. From what you have said it would seem that external insulation might be the best solution for you. What your rooms need are humidity tracking extract fans. The moisture is what mold … Hi. If this page still up and running?? Hi, These are the best, and most sensible tips I’ve found, thanks. There are products available to dissolve the salts also to aid removal but you would need to talk to your local hardware store about any particular product. There are no damp patches on the walls or ceiling and this issues is isolated to this area. It is a white fluffy mould and also darkish mould that covers an exterior wall. This is necessary so the sub-floor can dry, which in many cases prevents it from buckling. It would be normal for a house owner to clean up small areas of mould on wall/ ceiling surfaces with little difficulty. It is only in one bedroom on clothing which are hung in the room on an open rail (not shut away). She also has a laminated floor. Our bedroom is over a car port and is noticeably cooler than the rest of the house. Hi, I would really appreciate your input. The fireplace may seem like a great vent but there is no motivation for the air to change or maybe too much resistance in it to allow it to happen. don’t dry clothes in the room, ensure the room is warm etc. And on the underside of her mattress. This infection and remember its a household mould infection can be deadly . are there any vents in the room? There is also some mould showing in another room on the ceiling in 2 different corners but both near the front wall of the house. Her bedroom is above an internal garage so it’s always a bit colder than the rest of the house. While this may be good news for the mold, it’s not so great for the homeowner to deal with. Thanks x. Follow the instructions on using the dehumidifier, close windows and doors, cover vents etc. It’s that time of the year again when the days are getting shorter and colder and that means that your house is more susceptible to mould growth. At a loss at this stage! You will then need advice then from an engineer about replacing floor joists etc. I am moving back now but the place is destroyed with mould and the smell of dampness I can’t seem to get rid of it. Whether used for clothes, linens, towels or storage, these tiny rooms are commonly affected by moisture and/or a musty odor. where the wall insulation is missing or settled. Much appreciated. I LIVE IN OLD STKNE HOSE WOTH MK DPC EYC OR INSULATION I have a black mould on walls in two rooms how do I cure. I need to fix this issue once and for all. We have vents in all of our rooms which are constantly open and we also run a dehumidifier. Your closet may also be hiding this toxic substance from you. Required fields are marked *. Mold can grow anywhere in homes, including closets. We’ve also been told that the roof is shot to bits and are looking in the region of £4000 for a new one. Provide additional insulation to avoid cold spots on walls, floors and ceilings. looks like its coming from ceiling downwards. My neighbours gutter was leaking for months, this caused the rain water to run down the exterior water and into the air vent in our bedroom. Had the company back twice, they said AC units do not dehumidify the house which I called BS on. Mold frequently collects in carpeting or drywall at the back of closets, and can spread to clothing or packed items. People can have negative reactions to mold. There were two wood/stone spiral staircases running up either end of the property. â¢ Another moisture-absorbing chemical is anhydrous calcium chloride. Leaky Plumbing – Leaks behind adjacent walls can contribute to mold in closets. Did builder offer the mechanical option when carrying out works. The downstairs room is okay. Thus, it is a matter of keeping the closets dry to prevent mold in closets. I hope I don’t have a sick house What would you recommend to do? Infact we just have the one brick, no breeze blocks! After all the molds have been cleaned, wipe with a clean damp cloth (soaked in plain water). Is the house old? Is this very high? In fact, activated charcoal kills mold from many surfaces (it can even be ingested, too). Humidity’s goal in life is to be water again and what it needs is a cold surface to achieve this. I dont know why this is. Would a dehumidifier help? Thanks in advance. we are not sure if we noticed it get worse since we have had some really wet days of rain. Also both rooms are well ventilated and heated? Becky. I live in a terraced house and the wall in the hallway between myself and the neighbour appears to have a dust like substance on it which wipes off by hand.
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