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maestrowork
09-27-2007, 10:18 PM
I had some water damage earlier this season and am worried if there's mold. How do you treat your bathroom or basement? Someone told me to use bleach, baking soda and Fabreeze... True? False? Any other suggestions?

WendyNYC
09-27-2007, 10:20 PM
If it's just surface mold, all you have to do is spray a bleach/water mixture. If it's inside the wall, it's a huge PITA job.

Signed,
The Mold Queen

writerterri
09-27-2007, 10:20 PM
Tilex. Regularly. Once a week to keep it away.


That'll be 10 bucks, please.

MidnightMuse
09-27-2007, 10:20 PM
Bleach is the only cure / prevention that I'm familiar with. That and making sure the damaged area was dried THOROUGHLY. Also if you have to paint any areas, that Kilz primer does a great job.

jennifer75
09-27-2007, 10:21 PM
I had some water damage earlier this season and am worried if there's mold. How do you treat your bathroom or basement? Someone told me to use bleach, baking soda and Fabreeze... True? False? Any other suggestions?

Sometimes, mold just wont go away. No matter how much you clean, how much you dry your walls, how much ventilation, it just wont go away.

I had a very VERY very bad case once in an old apartment and let me tell you, they re-stucko'd and re-painted, and it always came back.

CaroGirl
09-27-2007, 10:23 PM
Move?

I've heard of spraying with bleach and water. That's what I did when I had mould around my windows. It came back, but I just sprayed and wiped again. It went away when I replaced the wood windows with vinyl ones.

maestrowork
09-27-2007, 10:23 PM
If it's just surface mold, all you have to do is spray a bleach/water mixture. If it's inside the wall, it's a huge PITA job.

Signed,
The Mold Queen

How can you tell if it's inside the wall? Are there any specialists who would take a look?

writerterri
09-27-2007, 10:24 PM
Did I mention Tilex, once a week.


Nough said.


Dorks.

WendyNYC
09-27-2007, 10:26 PM
How can you tell if it's inside the wall? Are there any specialists who would take a look?


Yes, there will be many in the phone book. They bore a small hole in the wall where there is visible mold and take a look. It can be a small or a HUGE job (I've had both).

AnnieColleen
09-27-2007, 10:33 PM
Good ventilation, if possible a fan to keep the air moving helps to keep the area dried out.

Jaycinth
09-27-2007, 10:38 PM
How can you tell if it's inside the wall? Are there any specialists who would take a look?

Ray, get a wife.

(Ducks the barrage.....)

No, seriously, your best answers have all come from women and most of us have served in the WIFE corps at some point in our lives.


Muse? Well....Muse is just gosh darned precocious.

WendyNYC
09-27-2007, 10:41 PM
Ray, get a wife.




Hey, I need a wife!

Sunkissed27f
09-27-2007, 10:45 PM
Vinegar and water solution.
Bleach kills the mold, but will also ruin or eat through anything sprayed with it if not wiped down carefully.
Vinegar can be sprayed on the areas and left to sit/air dry, safely.
I am an all natural cleaning products type of woman, having many pets.
I had a case of mold in a house I rented out, due to sweating pipes.
Before I knew it was the pipes I used the "recipes" found here.
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/three-ways-to-kill-mold-naturally.html

cray
09-27-2007, 10:46 PM
i have no idea how to stop a mod.

MidnightMuse
09-27-2007, 11:02 PM
Muse? Well....Muse is just gosh darned precocious.

You've read the Hell to the Yes thread, have you?

Joe270
09-27-2007, 11:45 PM
I highly recommend explosives. That'll solve yer problem.

writerterri
09-27-2007, 11:47 PM
Hey, I need a wife!

Me too. Wifes are the bomb.

StoryG27
09-27-2007, 11:59 PM
i have no idea how to stop a mod.
pssst, cray, come here. I have to tell you a secret. There. Is. No. Stopping. A. Mod.


You didn't hear it from me.

maestrowork
09-28-2007, 12:06 AM
Ray, get a wife.


Accepting applications. Must be built well: good rack, nice solid base, smooth surface, highly functional and motivated, headache ratio = 0, polished on the outside, dirty on the inside, never breaks down or trips wires, and must know how to use Tilex once a week.

cray
09-28-2007, 12:11 AM
Accepting applications. Must be built well: good rack, nice solid base, smooth surface, highly functional and motivated, headache ratio = 0, polished on the outside, dirty on the inside, never breaks down or trips wires, and must know how to use Tilex once a week.


sounds like delarege is your man! give him a jingle.
:D

robeiae
09-28-2007, 12:18 AM
How do you stop mold?
With a UN security council resolution.

JLCwrites
09-28-2007, 01:05 AM
1:4 ratio of bleach and water in a spray bottle. Or sponge it on. I don't know if you are renting or not, but if you suspect it is in the walls, call your landlord to take a look at it. If you are a home owner, you may want to cut out a piece of the drywall and take a look. (shut off electricity in case there is an electrical line going through that area) If it is still damp, aim a fan at it for a day. If there is mold, try to treat it yourself. (If insurance catches wind that there might be mold in your house, they will squeeze your wallet dry, or stop coverage.)
Good luck!

billythrilly7th
09-28-2007, 01:39 AM
You can't stop mold. You can only hope to contain him.

MMWyrm
09-28-2007, 01:55 AM
I'm backing up Sunkissed here - white vinegar.

Angie
09-28-2007, 03:17 AM
i have no idea how to stop a mod.

That's what I was gonna say! :Wha:

I highly recommend explosives. That'll solve yer problem.

And it'll be a whole lot more fun than the whole wiping-down-the-wall thing.

rhymegirl
09-28-2007, 03:25 AM
Accepting applications. Must be built well: good rack, nice solid base, smooth surface, highly functional and motivated, headache ratio = 0, polished on the outside, dirty on the inside, never breaks down or trips wires, and must know how to use Tilex once a week.

Oh Geesh. Have you tried one of those FemBots (ie: in Austin Powers)?

scarletpeaches
09-28-2007, 03:28 AM
i have no idea how to stop a mod.

Damn. That was my punchline, you gag-thieving swine.

Carole
09-28-2007, 03:34 AM
I'll go with the crowd.

Bleach, dude, and lots of it. Make sure to take a deep breath before you start, though. And hold it until you're outside. Oh, and don't mix anything with it, especially ammonia or anything containing ammonia. Unless, of course, you are in the mood to lose the lining on your esophagus from breathing the fumes, pass out and maybe croak.

Mold and mildew. Those are the ickys and they hate bleach with a passion.

Little Red Barn
09-28-2007, 03:49 AM
WARNING:
The only mold you really need to concern yourself with is 'stachybotrys'. It's wicked Satan's hell can not even diffuse it. Three years ago I had only two inches of it hidden behind bath wall--made the mistake of opening it--$20.000 later and a abandonment of house for three weeks while experts tested, removed, there are still issues. My healthy shepherd died from lympnoma@ age three, my teen has a spot on her lung, they keep checking every six months, and on and on. Surface molds are a gimme..bleach and water.
www.toxic-mold-news.com/toxic_mold/stach.html - 20k

William Haskins
09-28-2007, 08:10 AM
if you own, you need to see what your insurance will cover for inspections and repair.

if you rent, demand that the landlord do so.

mold is bad news for the house and it's bad news for you health.

you can drill several holes in the suspected area and visually inspect.

there are instruments that have a sensor you can insert in the wall to test the air for any mold presence.

good luck; hope it's not a huge problem for you.

maestrowork
09-28-2007, 06:47 PM
Thanks everyone! I hope everything turns out okay.

writerterri
09-28-2007, 09:52 PM
Accepting applications. Must be built well: good rack, nice solid base, smooth surface, highly functional and motivated, headache ratio = 0, polished on the outside, dirty on the inside, never breaks down or trips wires, and must know how to use Tilex once a week.

Oy.

Spoken like a true dork man.

sassandgroove
09-28-2007, 09:55 PM
Hey, I need a wife!
Can I get one too? At least some sort of personal assistant.