I have 300 year old stone cottage. Regards • You can also keep an open box of chalk, charcoal briquettes or cat litter to absorb the extra moisture in the air which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Bamboo can be reused over and over again. If you could email me a few photographs and add a few more details like is it happening on the ground floor? We always open windows while having showers and dont dry clothes in the house, there is also a air vent in the wall of the bedroom, house was probably built in the 1920, not sure about the extension though. In bathrooms, leave the door to the linen closet open whenever possible to allow light in and air to circulate. He is needing insulation renewed up in his loft as there is hardly any or none at all in the corners. In these, too, airborne substances can affect the upper respiratory tract. Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. is there sufficient insulation in the attic above the room? In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. Hi. The house I live in is 7 years old and for the last 3/4 years mold has been appearing in the corners of all upstairs bedrooms starting closest to the ceiling. Hi. Many homeowners find that their closets become a source of mold and mildew. But if the powder is dryish and not mould like, it sounds like the wall is wet and the natural salts in the interior of the wall are being brought to the surface. A phone number would be appreciated. It would be normal for a house owner to clean up small areas of mould on wall/ ceiling surfaces with little difficulty. Any of these will survey your dwelling and issue you with a report detailing the problems and recommending costed solutions. I have had a larger window put in to aid ventilation. Not sure if we are doing it right. Use 1 tsp baking soda with 1 cup water. There are other more effective foams (polyeurethane, isocyanurate etc), but they are more expensive. Wall mold tends to grow where there are inadequately insulated exterior walls, particularly where the conditions are coolest: close to the floor (because cold air sinks) and in outside corners. The Extension was built in 2006. They were built in 1860. This solves the problem, but it doesn’t let us utilise the space very well – we’d love to have units fitted around this area to extend the useable space in our kitchen. We also have mould all over the walls in our lounge and leather sofa?? The wall itself is dry internally, and the external wall seems as though the cement in between the bricks has been replaced around the affected area. the external lateral wall is somehow dump because we get an awful mouldy smell in the room underneath the stairs and lately just noticed in my wardrobe which is agains the same wall. Dark, damp and humid closets can be breeding grounds for mold. I have tried to contact people with out success to get a remedy to re-doing the insulation. Is the crack outside on gabel end the cause of the mould? Items such as thick towels, comforters, heavy jackets, shoes and boots can take a while to dry after getting wet. If this page still up and running?? We had a leak in our master b-room but fixed it and have not had additional sings of leakage. One is right by my front door and other in corner ceiling of my living room. The clothes in our bedroom had this green mould growing on them, and I can ‘taste’ it if that makes sense, but no major signs of it on bedroom wall – only around windows. I live in a terraced house and the wall in the hallway between myself and the neighbour appears to have a dust like substance on it which wipes off by hand. Do I have a leak I do not know about? I am ground floor and it ruined the two flats above and has caused a wall to become damp and mould spots on the wall and ceiling. He said that he got the builder to fix the balcony and the work included putting a ‘slope’ and a new drain pipe under the balcony, so that the rainwater would not be sitting underneath the slabs. Thank you so much. I didnt know whether this was the best idea as i have mixed reviews and have never had a problem with mould before in the ten years ive owned the property so im looking for any help/advice you can give asap. You mention “Engage a specialist to inspect roofs, walls, balconies etc for leaks in water proofing membrane and flashings. The house has very poor insulation and i fear the mould is being caused by body heat when lying in bed. It is a white fluffy mould and also darkish mould that covers an exterior wall. Gutters and roof were all checked about 6 months ago also. I think this because you mentioned the wall was single brick leaf and this type of wall would be prone to it. Do you have any thoughts on the sort of tradesperson we should contact, and / or the sort of insulation we should choose. Party wall in bedroom has marks on it like fat splashes. We were thinking of replacing the plaster board under the window with an insulated plaster board and insulating the dorma behind, would this work or make the situation worse. Tags: clean water, mold growing, your closet Is the moisture coming from the pipe?. Regarding your wardrobe, it sounds like your external walls are poorly insulated, which will need to be addressed. I have a ground floor apartment. The fireplace may seem like a great vent but there is no motivation for the air to change or maybe too much resistance in it to allow it to happen. Is the builder talking rubbish? They're mold … I currently have a mould issue due to a leak from the roof in my apartments. I had a company come and look and their solution is a rencom ventilation system i believe its called. 4) Seal background with water tight plaster sealer The room is always cold my dad doesn’t use the heating . There is no damp anywhere in the house. A bit concerned as it is my 4 year old daughters room and she has allergies – this might be contributing to it. are there any vents in the room? There is no window in bathroom or kitchen just bedroom and living room but noproblem in those areas Any idea? Would I be right in thinking this could be solved with a vent fan in the bathroom and maybe some wall insulation in the bedroom? But if it was my house I would do the following: 1. Our first floor maisonette has an old single brick balcony off the kitchen that has since been closed in (mostly with glazing). All habitable rooms should have a vent of some forms (trickle vents in window or wall vent). Condensation occurs when warm moist air meets a cold surface. Hi Your land lord has a legal responsibility to provide you with a safe living enviroment. The wall is in an upstairs bedroom and below a sash window (recently replaced the old broken wooden sash with UPVC sash). I am now very worried that it is airborne. Its hard to say without seeing it in person but it sounds like it could be a cold bridging issue, i.e. Hi I am having an single storey extension built and the builder has left a 4×4 ft MDF board inside the extension will this cause me damp problems later on. If I follow your guidelines on washing the Mould and then using a dehumidifier etc then getting a specialist in for the DPM can you see the Mould being a huge reason as to why we shouldn’t buy the property. Built in 1907. We feel with the measures we have taken that the mould should not be developing any further, do we need to use an anti mould wash? Hi, I’m looking at purchasing a house but on viewing the property today I can see the upstairs bedrooms (3) in corners of these rooms and above Windows there is Mould, the estate agent told us that the owners have been abroad for 3 years and the property had been left like this to fend for itself. 4. Theres no air vents or extractor fan fitted in ensuite. Can I get that email too with specialist number please. High-humidity or even steam from the bathroom can cause serious damage to the closet. I have a light dusty mould getting in to fabric and wood in my bedroom on the gable end of my house. After all the molds have been cleaned, wipe with a clean damp cloth (soaked in plain water). The mold is now only on the ceiling and growing fast. The window and French doors has usuall damp but easy wiped . We renovated it by replacing all single glaze with double glazing and we got the walls pumped with insulation and the attic insulated. The shed has never had any heat go into it so i now have two small heaters to try and heat it up.I have now noticed on two of the walls black mould/mildew and its starting to spread across the walls.Could you let me know what you think could be causing this and what i could do about it. Engage a specialist to inspect roofs, walls, balconies etc for leaks in water proofing membrane and flashings. We have a ensuite shower the house is well insulated .the window is the story and a half part of the house I’m not sure if I am 100% convinced Do you think this would be a realistic solution? Thanks x. Great post, thanks for sharing! So do you think this drimaster is a possible solution for me, have you heard of them and what do you think of them/can you recommend something else? Rising damp can be caused by a lack of a DPM or damaged DPM. We live in house approx 10 years olds. Not 100 % sure what it is. Your email address will not be published. • Cool air holds less moisture than warm air. But in your case, which sounds quite serious, or where mould is located in concealed areas it would be important to get a good damp specialist company in to investigate, clean and treat the affected areas. Drop me a PM and I will have a chat with you. We have severe condensation on windows, especially patio door off kitchen and bedroom windows. Closet mildew causes more than foul odor. It’s a good dry house. There seem to be a number of issues which should be fully investigates. To whom it may concern, In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. don’t dry clothes in the room, ensure the room is warm etc. Any suggestions? From what you have detailed it sounds like the ceiling to the carport (or the floor of the room over) is not insulated. Appreciate any help you can give me! Wall Mold. Hi I am renting a property and I have just got an excellent Could this be the cause of this mould appearing in various parts of the house. It’s very hard to say without seeing it. Thus, it is a matter of keeping the closets dry to prevent mold in closets. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. Keep Your Closets Clean: Mold feeds off of dirt and debris found in fabric fibers. I live in the north west. Could this be from the a/c ? We got one window replaced 2 years ago, and this is the only window that doesn’t get condensation. I have mold that keeps forming in my single bedroom I share with my partner. Thanks. Could it be consendation? Older homes often have problem closets. Laura. Perhaps a DPC (damp proof course) or DPM (damp proof membrane) is missing or damaged.” Sue. Usually buying a damp removal products and taking the precautions detailed. Got council out again,inspector this time, who said it was condensation,I suggested rising damp and he laughed at me and suggested that I hadn’t pasted the paper down properly, I have been wallpapering houses for over 40 years and the rest was stuck fast. However, I notice also that the grout along that wall is cracked and I am worried it is rising damp. Thanks in advance. Hi, Use gloves and take care none falls on carpet/ clothes etc. A builder looked at it but could not explain it. Mould fungus needs three conditions to grow (infection, nourishment and a damp environment) and these will be present in a dwelling once a damp environment is established for a period of time. Any thoughts – can you still get black mould with penetrating damp from a leak in mastic around door? There is mould in the upstairs bathroom, the wall over the sink is badly mould damaged. Others have suggested that nothing will fix the problem and we won’t ever be able to put things up against the single brick wall in winter… Hi Above the room is a sloped roof, it was been fully insulated to meet standards. Wash off wall and allow the surface to dry. 3. Perhaps a DPC (damp proof course) or DPM (damp proof membrane) is missing or damaged. Can you recommend what we can do to get rid of the Mould or what may have caused it? Hi, Thanks, Neil. The spores from mold become airborne every time the mold is disturbed. Bear in mind the other points in the article as well, i.e. That seems odd to me. I think the best course of action is for you to contact the original Builder and the Engineer/ Architect to visit and investigate it for you. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. I LIVE IN OLD STKNE HOSE WOTH MK DPC EYC OR INSULATION I have a black mould on walls in two rooms how do I cure. I will be using 38mm cooltherm boards to insulate the inside wall however this will not solve the condensation problem I have on the windows. Hi i have black mould growing behind a radiator, there are no obvious signs of a leak and this radiator is used (obviously when its cold) Hi Helpful Engg., is it possible to get rid of mold/fungus by Air fumigation like the one done for a Surgeons Operation theatre ? The humidity level in our house is about 57% to 60% on average. Hi I have an ground floor apartment which I had rented out for a year. Also, in our sitting room there are black patches on the ceiling from a smokey fire and a slight mouldy patch near a bay window. They had damp ride there when I moved in but really didn’t pay much attention to it. I’ve noticed when we wake in the morning they is water running down the walls. I cannot see any other sign of a condensation issue anywhere else in the room or the house. My cavity walls were insulated with pellets,since this was done my bedroom ceiling has got black patches why has this happened and how do I get rid of this problem. Hi. I then noticed it also in the other side of the same wardrobe that sits closer to the centre of the house. can you advise. we also get spots of mold round our bedroom windows despite the heating being on as we get varying amounts of condensation. We gutted it and renovated it including changing all the plasterboard and insulation inside the house. It sits on the paint and spreads quik once it starts. Items in the house are getting mouldy (e.g. 6. If a closet has a door that does not have louvers on them, there may not be proper air exchange. Hi, we have an old build attached to our home( approx 80 yrs old), just recently i was in one of the old bedrooms and noticed white fluffy mould. we are not sure if we noticed it get worse since we have had some really wet days of rain. Mold and mildew are health hazards to everyone exposed. We are mid terrace. The skirtings and the carpet along the outside wall always seem to feel really cold and sometimes damp,and there is a very cold spot in the corner next to the radiator even when the heating is on. I suggest you look into a PIV positive input ventilation system and mechanical fans in bathrooms. It would mean that the internal space is not reduced and could be installed without to much disruption to your house. The moisture is what mold … Wherever there’s excessive moisture, such as leaks, damp corners or wet insoles, mold can accumulate. We end up living in a bottle. Side kitchen door (teak) has no condenstaion. Lastly, our cooker is located on an internal wall and we have a recirculating cooker hood which is useless and our kitchen is steamed up every evening when cooking dinner – I’m sure this is contributing to the problem? It is always on outside walls and places where air movement is poor. Hi Is there any treatment that can be sprayed into the wall cavity to rid the timber frame of this old musty smell? Also both rooms are well ventilated and heated? Nothing has appeared in the hall. It was also on the inside house wall of the wardrobe which is at the front of the house. On lower levels of your home, this will cause mold to grow in the upper corners of your rooms as water pools behind them. I built a house 5. I do notice condensation on the windows in the morning also. Use Concrobium to eliminate mold on interior walls, flooring and clothing. Many thanks, I have just stumbled upon this article as this weekend we noticed that shoes in our wardrobes had some mold on and a couple of clothing items in the wardrobe next to the exterior wall also had some, we know our drains need clearing and also the window under the wardrobe has loose guttering, meaning water runs down the exterior wall, could it be these factors causing the mold issue? I have used a bleach spray to combat them but to no effect as within weeks. From talking to people and googling I belive this is not the correct solution (I have heard of someone in the same estate getting it done and the problem came back worse than ever). Our bedroom is over a car port and is noticeably cooler than the rest of the house. Morning! Hi Please can you pass me the details by email. You do not want it to infect other parts of your closet. We have treated this with a fungal treatment, but the problem has started again. My council have been out and used anti mold paint in my porch with no success. Is drylining the only solution? I live in a detached bungalow in the countryside. A dry stiff brush could be used instead. We have noticed that when we take anything out of the house we get a bad musty smell from it however we do not get the smell while we are in the bungalow . Keep Things Clean: Make sure your clothing, linens and shoes are completely dry before placing them in the closet. We cannot have cavity wall insulation because there isn’t a cavity. Could this be as a result of poor insulation in the attic? Hi, These are the best, and most sensible tips I’ve found, thanks. The house was previously owned by family, and this has just started. The mildew spots have to be removed immediately. Hi, What advice would you give to get rid completely? Hello I moved into an apartment that has 2 bedrooms . In bathrooms, leave the door to the linen closet open whenever possible to allow light in and air to circulate. It would require a waterproof render over it off course. You will then need advice then from an engineer about replacing floor joists etc. There is also the smell of mould. It’s a rented house. I have been to the doctor and he says I badly need to get out of there. Do you have any contact information as to who can do this, phone number would be appreciated, I live in midlands, thanks. Remove mould from all surfaces where present by washing the surface with a suitable fungicidal solution and allow it to drying. We’ve just finished renovating twol brick based cottages that have been converted into one cottage prior. Mold removal is essential to ensuring a safe home and can be done quickly and easily. Hi, sorry to hear about your bad luck. We are currently experiencing a problem with mould in a number of rooms in our house. Hi, I would really appreciate your input. I have scrubbed the place to try get rid of the smell. Thanks! Will the installed outside wall insulaton resolve the problem. The plaster has never seen this problem and has lightly skimmed over the pitted areas. Since it kills different species of mold from vinegar, the two are often used together in mold removal solutions. The house was built 1930’s. When the damp evaporates, the salts come out of solution and are left behind on the wall. Please could you give some advice as to what it could be, is it just lack of air into the room. Mainly on wall which is attached to neighbours house. We also have had a dehumidifier on during the day for the last couple of weeks and hasnt improved, just got worse. Hi this weekend I went into a storage cupboard just inside the door of my apartment and just before the bathroom to get to my electrical mains box. We moved into a newly built house end June 2012. Therefore the ceiling needs to be insulated to prevent the heat from the room above being lost to the cold carport. There is also some mould showing in another room on the ceiling in 2 different corners but both near the front wall of the house. I have felt the wall and it feels quite dry. He got 4 rooftile vents installed this year and the loft is cold and airy. You should probably engage an architect or engineer to look at your property in person and advise of the best solution. The Joices are rotten. I cant seem to find any info on this on the internet. We are a bit confused with some builders saying that it is salt leaving the bricks and some say it is damp. Thanks. The dark patches seem to follow the joists on the attic floor. The infested closet corners are both at different corners of the house, at an exterior wall corner. One reason to suspect mold is if you can smell a strong, musty odor in an area of your home. I’m at a total loss. How do I solve the problem? The mold reappears. I have no idea what has caused this mould and how to prevent it happening again. As we strive to insulate our homes more which is good as we reduce our energy costs. If you have mold inside your wardrobe, you send the spores flying every time you remove … My house has a mould issue it is a housing association home and upstairs has mould issues which they insist are down to us, our windows do not have condensation . We seem to get a lot of condensation on our windows as well. When i pulled back the bed i realised the floor had completely fallen. Then this last winter we have started to get black mould down in the corner of the wall near the base of the doors. As you are buying the house I would first recommend that you get a full structural survey carried out to protect yourself. Would be grateful of your thoughts or advise as I do not want to spend anymore money on it unless I can be guaranteed it will sort out my problems (I spent a good bit on the new ventilation!!). I washed off the mould using shop bought mould and mildew remover which did the job temporarily, however one room in particular seems to get it worse than the others and recently whilst clearing out a chest of drawers which lies near the outside wall of this bedroom I noticed a wicker basket that I have on top of the chest of drawers had mould growing on it on the side closest to the outside wall of the room, as I have young children I am very concerned about this as a potential health hazard. It’s that time of the year again when the days are getting shorter and colder and that means that your house is more susceptible to mould growth. However I am having problem in the bedrooms only. Removing weed and plant growth from the building facades. 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