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Old 06-14-2015, 02:53 PM
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Hi. Someone has a room that has water damage and MOLD, on the walls and carpet…are the items in the room contaminated even if they haven't had direct contact with the problem area? And do you think it is safe for family and kids to be in household if in other rooms and that room is not went into? And fan has been going to dry it, so can mold spores be spreading by doing that???
A handyman has changed the carpet in that area, but it is back again, and growing, so we know problem is not solved so not sure what to do.
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:18 PM
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First, mold isn't Ebola. If it isn't moldy, there isn't an issue. Second, bleach is your friend. A dilute solution of bleach kills mold on contact. Remove moldy surfaces, clean area with bleach, dry, replace floor coverings etc., control heat and humidity. Problem solved.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:33 PM
Location: Texas
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Mold requires 3 things, moisture, cool temps, and low light. Change any of the three and they are done. With recent rains it sounds like you have a leak somewhere. Get it fixed first. Then you can address molds, if any. You can use bleach or you can buy MicroBan at at any of the HD/Lowes stores. If encapsulation is needed, buy the cheapest spray paint you can find, the cheaper, the better, and give it a coat. The color is irrelevant, the vehicle in paint is the important part. And so you know some of the fun facts about molds- they are everywhere. They were here before you were born. They were here when the dinosaurs walked yer yard. They are in your house. They are as common as air. There is no such thing as a Lazarus mold-once, it's dead.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:43 PM
Location: Mid South Central TX
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And repaint/prime with Kilz or some other mold and mildew stain blocker. (as others have stated, get rid of the source and the mold first)
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:56 AM
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Oh no not MOLD!
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