You’ve decided to renovate your master bathroom, adding that spa tub and heated floor you’ve always wanted. You’ve picked your new tiles, granite sinks, and chosen a delicious mossy green color for the walls. But, once the old cabinets are removed, mold is found in the bathroom wall. What should you, as a homeowner, do?
Mold is a serious issue in any home. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are sensitive to molds can suffer from symptoms such as eye and skin irritation, nasal stuffiness and wheezing upon exposure. Others with severe allergies may have reactions such as fever and shortness of breath, and people suffering from chronic lung illnesses may even develop a mold infection in their lungs.
Can I Paint Over Mold?
While painting over mold may remove the visual reminder of its presence, it will not kill the mold. Instead, mold will continue growing under the paint, eventually causing the paint to peel off the wall. The proper method of handling a mold problem is to determine the source of the moisture, correct the issue, and then remove the mold itself. Large-scale mold infestations, especially black mold, can be a serious health hazard, and are best dealt with and removed by a professional remediation specialist.
How Do I Know if My Home Has Mold?
While surface mold that causes severe discoloration is fairly easy to spot, mold can grow in locations hidden from the eye, hiding inside walls and in wood products. Hiring a local air quality testing and remediation service is the best way to ensure your newly painted walls will remain beautiful and mold-free. For example, for indoor air quality testing near DC, MoldGone, LLC offers professional mold inspections, testing and remediation services for the Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia metropolitan areas.
How Is Mold Testing Performed?
Mold testing requires taking samples of either the air or a surface in the affected area. Mold inspectors test the surface by removing a section of the infested area, taking swab samples, or tape samples, or the air using “spore traps” in order to determine what type of mold is present and/or if it is able to grow in the area tested. After the samples are taken, they are analyzed in a mold testing laboratory.
Once any areas mold has infested have been treated, removed or sealed, your walls and wood surfaces are ready to be painted, and will provide you with years of mold-free decorative appeal.