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mold in house

does anyone know of an easy way to get rid of mold? our house is very old and if it hadn't been for our neighbor I wouldn't have noticed some spots where there is mold, (hot water heater exploded on a previous owner) If I would have know about it before we bought the house we wouldn't have bought the house. The owner at the time did something to get rid of the mold, apparently it was everywhere, so not sure where this is comming from but i have found some small spots on walls in two rooms and hopping to get rid of it.

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smltwnmom

Asked by smltwnmom at 1:08 PM on Feb. 16, 2009 in Health

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  • DH suggests mixing a bleach and water solution and spraying any areas that have mold. He used a bleach solution of about 1:10He is an artist and used to live in a very old house that was not properly maintained. He swears this works great.
    arctophile

    Answer by arctophile at 2:10 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • If it's showing up "on" the walls, it's more than likely IN the walls and you'd be better off to strip down to the studs and see what's in there, replacing all the drywall.

    If it's lathe and plaster...I'd definitely see about replacing it.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 2:38 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • Try the bleach solution first. If the mold reappears after time then you need to get a professional in. Sadly, this will mean that the mold is in the wall and possibly on the wood behind the wall. Before you remove anything yourself, you have to have it checked by a professional to be sure that the mold is not toxic. If you risk removing toxic mold yourself, then you risk spreading the spores into your home and causing members of your family to become ill or even die. If it tests negative for toxicity then there will be no problem for you to remove the wall yourself, clean any mold behind it, and then replace the wall.
    Best wishes!
    PrydferthMenyw

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 7:57 AM on Feb. 18, 2009

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