If you've had water leaking into your home without your knowledge, that water could have gotten into a number of places in your home without you even realizing it until it's too late. If you have had a water problem, there could be mold growing in behind your walls, in your ceiling, or in other areas of your home, causing aggravation to your breathing issues, or causing other issues for you as well. Mold in your home needs to be removed properly and cleaned up in order to prevent it from taking over your home and leaving you with a very expensive problem. Read on for tips to help you remove mold from your home.
What You'll Need:
- Kilz Mold and Mildew Primer
To start, you're going to need to get a closer look at what's inside your walls and up in your ceiling. In order to get to these areas, you need a hammer and Sawzall to get into the wall. If you have wiring nearby, be sure to turn the power off to the area in which you're working on. Use the hammer rather than the Sawzall to prevent cutting through any wiring or piping as well.
Once you are into the wall safely, you can take a closer look at where the water has been leaking. Look for water stains and any mold that may be in this area.
After you find the mold and the location of the leak, you can use the Kilz primer to cover the wood studs in your walls and other important beams that may not be able to be removed. You should use gloves and goggles, and possibly even a respirator when working to clean up the mold to prevent breathing in mold spores.
Apply a coat of the mold primer, then allow it to dry thoroughly. Add a second or third coat if necessary. Be sure to cover all of the mold with the primer, and use it on other areas close by to prevent the moisture from spreading further into your walls before you install any new drywall.
Once you have seen that there is no more mold growth, you can once again hang your drywall. Be sure your primer is dry before you do this, and ensure there is no other mold.
Mold can be growing between your walls, in your ceiling, or even in your floors without you even realizing it. Hire a residential mold remediation company if you have mold growth in your home to ensure it is properly remediated.