This morning I moved our bed looking for a toy of my sons and found our entire exterior wall, by the floor boards, covered in mold. I don't think its black mold, it looks more greyish in color, and its winter time, so obviously there's tons of moisture. My concern is because I'm pregnant. Everything I found on google said since because I was pregnant we should probably replace the entire wall, and the insulation/wooden beams inside it, just to be on the safe side. My SO just wants to clean off the mold with bleach as it appears and be done with it. Normally I'm not one to spaz out over mold, but being pregnant I'm not sure how great of a risk I'm in. What would you do, just bleach the wall, or cut it out, clean it out and then replace it?
OK We just ran into this issue. It was giving us major health issues in this house. Hubs has a friend who owns a mold removal business. Do NOT just flat out use bleach right away. Wash the wall Dawn soap and warm water. Let that dry and THEN use the bleach water mix. What people do not realize is that if you do not wash the area first with soap and water the mold can actually grow worse with just bleach used on it. I forget exactly why hub's friend said that is but you need to was it with soap and water first. Hubs just left a second ago but when he gets back in I will ask him for all the steps we had to do on our walls. Hubs cleaned our mold issue because I was the one who was so sick from it.
Answer by tiddliwinks at 4:39 PM on Feb. 6, 2011
Answer by twinsplus2more at 5:35 PM on Feb. 6, 2011
Answer by older at 4:37 PM on Feb. 6, 2011
Answer by MamaAlice54 at 4:42 PM on Feb. 6, 2011
Answer by Scuba at 4:46 PM on Feb. 6, 2011
Answer by tiddliwinks at 4:56 PM on Feb. 6, 2011
You can't use straight bleach because there is something in it that makes the mold grow. You can use a bleach water mix though. First wash with antibacterial soap then let it dry. Then go back with straight hot water...as hot as you can get it. Then go back with 10% bleach water mix (hot water). That is it. This was the advice given to hubs by his friend who owns a mold removal business.
Answer by tiddliwinks at 5:14 PM on Feb. 6, 2011