The issue of mold is a serious problem in most homes since it not only looks bad, but it also poses a health risk to you, your pets as well as your loved ones. It is the major cause of most allergies and some other breathing-related conditions like asthma. In a bid to stop the growth of mold on your walls and any other surface in your home, you should begin by tackling the root cause of the problem. The main cause of mold growth is moisture issues, so start by addressing the issue of moisture in your home. This article gives you tips on the best ways to stop mold from growing on walls.
- Cut Out the Drywall
If mold has attacked your drywall, you cannot do a lot about the drywall since mold penetrates the material. Even if you decided to clean the mold on drywall, you will not be able to remove the entire mold. The only option you will be left with is to cut out the infested drywall and replace it with a new one, to get rid of the mold. You can only decide to keep the wall if the infestation is not that bad. If it is a tile wall, remove all the tiles or repair the grout.
- Dry the Walls Thoroughly
The main cause of mold being moisture issues, it is important that you dry off your walls thoroughly after taking a bath since these are more at risk of mold infestation than any other walls in the house. Since it is not possible to dry off walls every time you take a bath, install a water-resistant wall material. This, when coupled with a dehumidifier, will help solve the issue of mold growth since it thrives well in moist and warm conditions.
- Repair Leaking Pipes
As we have already seen that the main cause of mold is moisture problems, it is, therefore, wise to first start by addressing this issue. One of the main sources of moisture in your home is the leaking pipes that keep dripping droplets of water. This water, when it combines with the warmth in the house, creates a perfect condition for mold to thrive. To stop this problem, repair leaking pipes, tighten the loose valves and replace the areas that are completely worn out. Alternatively, you could also replace the whole piping system, worn-out valves, and taps. This will stop the leakage of water droplets and eventually stop the mold problem on your kitchen and bathroom walls. To dry off the already leaking water, install a dehumidifier in the room and this will get rid of the thriving conditions of the mold.
- Remove the Mold
The first step to dealing with mold problems is by coming with an effective way of removing the growing mold from the walls. You can implement several domestic solutions to remove mold growing on your walls. You can use vinegar, cedar, lemon, bleach, hydrogen peroxide mixed with the recommended portions of water. Whichever solution you settle for, you should spray it over the mold surface, wait for a few minutes, then use a soft cloth to wipe away the mold if the mold is not very stuck on, or a hard brush if the mold is strongly stuck on the wall. Great caution should be taken when using these chemical solutions since some can be corrosive and reactive. The windows should be open during the cleaning. Finally, give the surface a couple of minutes to dry.
- Repair Your Grout
Broken or worn out grout has moist and warm conditions that are catalysts for mold to thrive. These parts of a tile wall, therefore, become perfect breeding grounds for mold to thrive. To stop and prevent mold from growing on your walls, repair the broken grout lines on the tiles, both in your kitchen as well as the bathroom. However, if you want to deal with this problem, install a solid wall material like vinyl that has no grout lines at all, or larger pieces of tile to reduce number of grout.
It is not possible to achieve mold-free indoor conditions but there are recommended mold levels, after which you should seek professional remediation services. These are a better option since they will know exactly the source of the mold, how to thoroughly remove the mold and put in the measures to prevent further infestation in the future. However, most importantly, they will offer expert advice on matters mold.