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Mold in the House (by MMIT [VA]) Jun 18, 2019 7:30 AM
       Mold in the House (by Pat [VA]) Jun 18, 2019 8:06 AM
       Mold in the House (by DJ [VA]) Jun 18, 2019 8:36 AM
       Mold in the House (by plenty [MO]) Jun 18, 2019 2:50 PM
       Mold in the House (by RR78 [VA]) Jun 18, 2019 4:09 PM
       Mold in the House (by MMIT [VA]) Jun 18, 2019 4:51 PM
       Mold in the House (by Pat [VA]) Jun 18, 2019 7:54 PM
       Mold in the House (by RR78 [VA]) Jun 18, 2019 9:04 PM

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Mold in the House (by MMIT [VA]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 7:30 AM
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I am looking at a house that has mold on the walls in one room. Two other rooms have some mold in the closets.

The basement smells "musty".

What is the best way to clean up the mold?

Except for the mold, the house is in good shape and priced right. The house is part of an estate and has been closed up for a while.

Thanks --70.188.xx.xx




Mold in the House (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 8:06 AM
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We got one of our rentals back like that after a 4 year tenancy. Long story but we just bought a product from Lowes that we sprayed on & wiped down. Then we painted with Kilz and once you keep the HVAC going it cleared up. We did go on to add insulation to the attic & put vapor barrier on crawl space ground for additional protection, due to having added a heatpump and the house was designed for an oil floor furnace. It started to produce condensation like crazy in the corner walls of the house until we did those things. Ours was a block house though. --71.219.xx.xxx




Mold in the House (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 8:36 AM
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Are you sure it is a "mold" that people worry about? Lots of things grow where it is damp, dark, and no moving air.

I suggest scrape it off, if you can. If it is just on the surface - great! Just scrape it off, clean with stuff like Pat says, and cover with oil-based Kilz.

If it is actually IN the drywall, you will have a much bigger job to remove & replace all the affected DW - and a little more just to be sure. So try to do a little discrete digging to be able to make an appropriate offer.

Either way, you need to address the moisture problem. My daughter's reno had that all-around musty smell. We could see signs of unsuccessful attempts to deal with it for years.

First, make sure there is no way for outside water to get in (roof, gutters, caulk, insulated windows). Start running a dehumidifier.

Use a waterproofing substance in the basement (google moisture mitigation systems, like Schonox)

Surely you already know this, but I'll say it anyway. Where there is moisture, there likely could be termites and/or wood rot - so inspect carefully.

Let us know if you buy it!

--68.10.xxx.x




Mold in the House (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 2:50 PM
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Cut out the drywall and hang new. Once you start it will be apparent what you should trash or clean. Sounds like a great opportunity. And i agree once you make sure or stop any leaks and starr running AC/ heat you'll notice a positive change in the whole house. --99.203.xx.xxx




Mold in the House (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 4:09 PM
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Outdoor bleach in a garden sprayer. --73.152.xx.xxx




Mold in the House (by MMIT [VA]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 4:51 PM
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RR78, why outdoor bleach instead of indoor bleach?

Thanks --70.188.xx.xx




Mold in the House (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 7:54 PM
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Use Concrobium or second choice, Home Armor. I don't think bleach is as effective. I tried both, side by side. --71.219.xx.xxx




Mold in the House (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Jun 18, 2019 9:04 PM
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MMIT,

Just that it has a little soap and clinging agents added.

Not a big difference.

If occupied and concerned about smell. We use Sporicidin Enzymatic Cleaner. The concentrate and mix 5 oz per gallon. --73.152.xx.xxx



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