We recently had a water leak, that has since been repaired. The carpet
layer made a hole in the wall when using some kind of carpet stretcher that
he braced against the wall. He pointed out some blackish mold behind the
drywall and suggested that we have that section of the wall replaced. Not
only will it be costly but it will be difficult to match the paint and
texture of the repaired section with the rest of the wall. Is it possible
that the mold will disappear with time since the leak has been fixed? It
would be much easier to patch the hole than replace a large section of the
wall. Thanks for any advice.
The correct answer is: It depends.
There are many kinds of mold/mildew, some are quite toxic,
especially to infants. Generally you can't tell just
by looking at it.
You don't know the extent of the growth in the wall;
it may be a lot more widespread than you think.
Will it just go away? No. Molds live practically forever.
If the humidity is very low, it may not grow much.
But if it gets some moisture, it could bloom rapidly.
I'm not telling you that you *have* a problem;
I'm saying you can't really know for sure.
Do some GOOGLE search for mold, health, sick building, mold remediation,
Most homeowners policies don't cover mold damage anymore, but it's worth
If you don't cut out more of the drywall and look at the pieces, how do
you expect to know exactly how far your mold problem extends behind the
Without being Chickemn Little about things, mold is still and all some
quietly nasty stuff that doesn't just go away on its own if you ignore
it. All in all, it matters to nobody here what you do to cheap your way
out of it if that's what you've made up your mind to do. It's not us
that's going to be breathing it.
If you do something about this you are better off to do the
investigation, demolition and clean up on your own. Dont call in the
mold remediation experts as they will charge you an arm and a leg and
possibly a lung. Mold remediation for a time was a gold mine, not sure
if it is now...but many in the biz charged outrageous prices and used
unscrupulous sales tactics involving resale of the home and other
scares to convince customers to shell out the big bucks.
Demolish, clean up with bleach, and then call in the drywall guys.
This be true. Mold remediation experts are really only neccesary for
really major problems, not for the stuff most of us run into related to
old spot leakage. Just get rid of the bad stuff, bleach the area down,
and replace with new drywall once you've licked the moisture problem
that caused the mold.
Find a Plumber, Electrician or whatever who has a camera that is designed to
be inserted in a wall to locate plumbing, wiring, etc. They're kind of
pricey but I would assume there might be someone who has one in your locale.
I would be hesitant to get your insurance company involved...not only do
most not cover mold damage anymore, but putting them on notice that mold
exists could get your insurance policy cancelled and make your house not
insurable by any other company.
Yes, that is true. You might leave the holes open for a few weeks
and repeat the fogging, but it will definitely kill MOST of the mold.
Also spray the bleach solution everywhere that you think the dampness
might have occured. Be careful as it will fade colors of just about
anything it hits.
The mold will not come back if you keep the moisture down. In my
part of the country that means running the AC on the warm days.
In the old days, we had the same mold that you hear about today, but
we treated it with bleach and it went away and everyone was healthy
and their savings intact.. Now, the mention of mold can make many
charlatans rich and the homeowners very very poor.
I'd estimate the crooks/charlatans would easily get 15 grand for
curing your one room, but I could be on the low side when you add in
the cost of moving to a hotel for a couple of months.
Oh, let me add this. When you get through having your house done,
you need to remove all the mold from your back yard and then your
hiking trail down by the river and alongside the highway.
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