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Old 01-05-2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Hey everyone.

My mom has developed a severe problem in her house's bathroom. Used to be, all the walls were coated by wallpaper, but over time the wallpaper either fell off or was removed. Now, the paste has fostered the growth of some seriously nasty looking mold.

The walls are made of sheetrock/drywall. What I need to know is the best way to 1)Remove the mold and 2)Re-paint the room so mold won't grow back.

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My boss paid an industrial hygenist to come in an provide advice on his bathroom. As best I can remember, here's the advice:

Wet the mould down (spray bottle) and scrape it off with a putty knife. Put it straight into bags and take it from the building. Wash with TSP and prime with a good primer. There's nothing especially difficult. Mold isn't any problem at all for most people -- if it's not a problem for you or anyone in the household, then just clean it up and move on. No big deal.

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I don't agree you should be so casual about this. It sounds like you have some serious issues that is causing the mold to thrive and you should address them. Airborn mold spores can make you really sick.

If this is just in the bathroom and contained to where there was wallpaper then maybe you can abate this yourself but wear a mask or an aspirator for sure. It sounds like the bathroom has some ventilation issues and installing at least an exhaust fan might be a good idea.
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The left over wall paper paste that is causing the mold growth must be removed, one way or the other.
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I don't agree you should be so casual about this. It sounds like you have some serious issues that is causing the mold to thrive and you should address them. Airborn mold spores can make you really sick.

If this is just in the bathroom and contained to where there was wallpaper then maybe you can abate this yourself but wear a mask or an aspirator for sure. It sounds like the bathroom has some ventilation issues and installing at least an exhaust fan might be a good idea.
Yes, the ventilation in the bathroom is terrible. Whenever you take a bath, any steam stays in the room and very slowly dissipates. I'm not sure if I have the technical know-how to install a fan, I'd have to get a contractor to do it.
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Know what? if it were my Mom, I'd do the very best job I could do of helping her out with her problem. And that means to me, dealing with the problem and the symptoms. And I probably would feel really bad if I just assumed that a little mould was a suitable environment to leave my Mom in, no matter what her sensitivity was or could be...

The problem is excess humidity and not enough ventilation to keep that humidity level in check. Install a ceiling fan. Then treat the symptoms: the mould you see on the walls. Could well have been a cellulose-based wallpaper paste (mould-food), but it'll have to go, as the mould spores have already set up camp in there. Mostly invisible, so scrapping is not always the best option. It'll just grow again unless you've eradicated it on the surface and below. Not too many ways of doing that...


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