Drywall Mold Removal - Introduction

drywall-mold-removal-pic1Drywall mold removal is needed when you find mold on your walls or ceilings. The 'black mold' scare has certainly brought this problem into the consciousness of the public. Not all mold, even mold that is black in color is the dangerous black mold. Unfortunately it takes laboratory testing to tell. Err on the side of caution in this matter. Treat any mold you see with a healthy respect.

Take precautions before you attempt a drywall mold removal project. Check out this government website before you mess with mold. A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home, it will give you some insight and safety tips. Another good article is Mold, on the CDC website. The EPA states that repairs of less than ten square feet can be performed by a homeowner, as long as they follow the guidelines.

Make sure you understand the precautions you need to take before proceeding. Review all the information on the EPA website. People have become very sick from breathing airborne mold. We do not want you or your family to be among them.

Mold is an indication of a moisture problem. A leak or some sort or seepage will cause mold. In addition to drywall mold removal you will need to address the problem that caused the mold. Fix the leak at the same time.

Drywall Mold Removal - Information

What Can You Save?

A contractor will charge you for the amount of work involved to remove and repair the drywall. This is called Mold Remediation and only specialty contractors are licensed to perform this service. Depending on the level and size of the area, these types of repairs could run hundreds perhaps thousands of dollars.

How Hard Could It Be?

Drywall mold removal can take you into some difficult projects. Taking precautions also adds to the level of work involved.

These repairs will have a Difficulty Level of: Clearly This is Work
These repairs require a Skill Level of: Determined Handyman
 
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Check the Simple Things!

A small moldy area that is restricted to the surface may be treated with a mold killing solution. There are some that are commercially available. Bleach, diluted with water serves as the main ingredient in most of them.

What Can Go Wrong?

You can get sick if you breathe a dangerous kind of mold. Wear a mask or respirator. Try not to disturb the mold. Use a solution to disinfect the mold before proceeding with repairs. Quarantine the area until you have the problem solved. Use plastic or keep doors closed with a sign on them to segregate the area.

Drywall Mold Removal – The Steps Involved

  • Step One - Disinfecting moldy drywall.
  • Step Two - Removing moldy drywall and disposing of it.

 


 

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Last Updated on May 18, 2013

Disinfecting Moldy Drywall

drywall-mold-removal-pic2Disinfecting moldy drywall will work fine for small areas. For larger areas, you will need to consider removing the drywall. See the 'Introduction' to this series for important links.

There are commercially manufactured mold disinfectants available. Your home supply store should have a selection. A solution of a quarter to half cup of bleach to a gallon of water will also work. Were a mask and disinfect the area. Wipe down the area until the mold is gone.

Discard the rags after you are done and get rid of the dirty water. Let the area dry and make sure that the mold is gone. Use a good quality stain blocker/sealer such as Kilz or Zinnser as a primer. Paint the area as needed.

Drywall mold removal is a repair that should be made sooner than later. Address the problem at the first sign of mold. A musty smell is also an indicator of mold, even if you don't see it.

 


 

The 'Next' page covers 'Removing Moldy Drywall'. The 'Previous' page is the 'Introduction' to this series of articles on 'Drywall Mold Removal'.

Last Updated on February 24, 2013

Drywall Mold Removal - Summary

the 'Introduction' to this series on 'Drywall Mold Removal' discussed the potential costs for repair. In addition it talked about the dangers of dealing with mold. Go back and look up the articles about mold before you proceed.

'Disinfecting Moldy Drywall' is a possibility when the area is small. You learned what you need to know about this procedure.

'Removing Moldy Drywall' is a more drastic operation, but often needed when faced with this problem.

Drywall mold removal is a potentially dangerous repair. Take precautions and deal with the problem quickly. To the degree possible you should try not to disturb the mold. Put it in plastic bags and dispose of it properly. Make sure you solve the moisture problem or the mold will come back.

All drywall repairs involve some work. Don't despair they are not that difficult once you know a few basics. Hopefully your drywall mold removal project has gone well. You can move on to other home repair projects.

 


 

The 'Previous' page discusses 'Removing Moldy Drywall'.

Last Updated on February 24, 2013

Removing Moldy Drywall

drywall-mold-removal-pic3Removing moldy drywall is the best choice for larger infected areas. Or if the paper on the drywall has been ruined and/or the core of the drywall has started to disintegrate. You will need to remove and replace the drywall.

For drywall with mold on it, make sure you dispose of it in tightly sealed plastic bags. Take safety precautions, wear gloves and a mask when you are around moldy drywall.

See the government website for information on the issues, A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home provides some good information. Disinfect the entire area after the bad drywall is removed. See the article 'Disinfecting Moldy Drywall' for more information.

For drywall that has been compromised by the water damage and mold you will need to replace it. For instructions on removing and replacing drywall go to the article 'Drywall Hole Repair', for a discussion on the steps involved. This is a bigger project so brace yourself.

 


 

The 'Next' page is a 'Summary' of this series on 'Drywall Mold Removal'. The 'Previous' page discusses 'Disinfecting Moldy Drywall'.

Last Updated on January 12, 2013

Safety First!

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Make sure you are working safely. See 'Home Safety Tips' and 'Electrical Safety Tips

 

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