mold in closet corner

I was thinking that replacing the windows might be the solution? We cannot have cavity wall insulation because there isn’t a cavity. I still get the problem all be it reduced now. It often causes extensive and very costly damage as it spreads from area to area looking for its food source, timber. I have a light dusty mould getting in to fabric and wood in my bedroom on the gable end of my house. We have a dehumidifier in the balcony area, and make sure we don’t push things up against the single brick wall in winter. The humidity level in our house is about 57% to 60% on average. WE BOUGHT A HOUSE WHICH WE HAV RENOVATED PUTTING EXTERNAL INSULATION,ATTIC INSULATION ETC.WE HAVE A SUSPENDED WOODEN FLOORS WHICH ARE NOT INSULATED AND DOUBLE GLAZED WINDOWS WHICH ARE ALIMINIUM AND CONDENSATE AT NIGHT TIME.WE HAVE NOTICED IN ONE ROOM AT SKIRTING LEVEL, PATCHES OF MOULD.ALSO WE NOTICED A SMELL IN THIS ROOM.WHAT DO YOU THINK COULD BE THE PROBLEM?WE HAVE A 60MM VENT IN THE WALL WHICH IS OPENED ALWAYS.YOUR ADVISE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.REGARDS NIALL. Clean as appropriate. 2. I wouldn’t be able to advise you legally, but you should bring the issue to the attention of your landlord, if you haven’t already. Hi, thanks for this helpful post. There is a fireplace in our bedroom which must give some ventilation for moisture, and extractor fans in all our bathrooms. If I scrape it of the wall tho the plaster is still clean and dry. If a room is allowed to cool the door into it should remain closed to prevent warm damp air entering from the remainder of the dwelling, and condensing in the room. A damp proof course is a barrier installed at the base of the wall when it is being built to prevent dampness from the ground rising by capillary action within the wall. Mold typically looks fuzzy. Thanks, Neil. Closet mildew causes more than foul odor. We also have a lot of condensation on our windows in the mornings where it is leaving a puddle on the sill. We have extractors in the bathroom, we open windows regularly and have our heating on. But in that case the areas of fluff (fungus) were large. We have been living on our house for 10 years with no problems. I got a new ventilation system into the whole apartment – and vents above every door. Hi, To whom it may concern, Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. My two questions are 1. I cannot see any other sign of a condensation issue anywhere else in the room or the house. No heat from below maybe why? Years ago its a story and half dormer and I have noticed mold in our bedroom up stairs above the window Hi I live in a two bedroom flat and have carports under the flat had to change all my bedroom furniture and it feels like all cloths are wet I do open the windows but the flat always feels like it is wet and very cold what can I do to stop this please help. There are no air bricks in this room, as it was a new extension build. There is a large pipe in the corner of the room (we think this is a radon pipe) running from ground up into attic and vented out. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. He got 4 rooftile vents installed this year and the loft is cold and airy. We live in a bungalow that is about 20 years old now. Problem is, I don’t know what I am looking for – an engineer of some sort maybe? No water pipes in the area we have been told. it can be perfectly dry in the rain but soaking on a cold dry day). If it was a case of just once a year cleaning off the mould on the walls then thats ok but when mould appears on items of furniture near the walls then I wondered was there a bigger issue? Baking soda kills mold, is safe, and deodorizes the air. At a loss at this stage! • Another moisture-absorbing chemical is anhydrous calcium chloride. We have mould on alot of items in a walk in wardrobe, a small area of paint bubbling on one wall about half way up and mould on the other side of that wall in another bedroom. we have just moved into a rented massionette, when we moved in, all the walls looked fine and no mould, we have only lived here a month and we have mould. Thanks. I just bought a place in south Florida and I find a mist of water on the laminate floor in one corner of are bedroom under a shelf and near a cabinet. Hi, we have a flat roof house with no loft and we get condensation and mould in the house, is there a temporary measure to cure this until we have the funds available to put a roof on the property. It’s also feeding on minuscule amounts of dust and dirt that are there no matter how well you clean. Closets are an excellent place for mold to start growing. Hi Helpful Engg., is it possible to get rid of mold/fungus by Air fumigation like the one done for a Surgeons Operation theatre ? I have black mould in a corner wall of my house. Not 100 % sure what it is. Above the room is a sloped roof, it was been fully insulated to meet standards. Let me know how you get on. My living room had internal cladding of some sorts put on it with a fresh coat of plaster. In the past year we had pvc double glazed Windows installed throught the house now we have a black mould appearing, we also have condensation on window this is happening in our bedroom only. A phone number would be appreciated. Hi, don’t dry clothes in the room, ensure the room is warm etc. I am renting a flat above a pub. • Use other products that absorb moisture from the air such as small silica gel sachets. After no problems during the summer now the cold weather is back the problems have reappeared with green mould appearing on shoes and back of wardrobe. 2) Make good any imperfections with waterproof sand cement render We live in Worcestershire. There is no sign of any water leaks in the loft (which itself is very well ventilated). It is now in another bed room. Is this simply a case where more insulation is required or is this more serious? Would appreciate if you could email me directly to provide advice on having it investigated. High-humidity or even steam from the bathroom can cause serious damage to the closet. Hi there Hi There was no issues with mold before, I keep the place heated to 18c the thermometer is in the hallway. Carrying out regular inspections and repairing any damage to downpipes, roofs and gutters promptly. I have a louvre vent and vented windows that I can open and shut. HE reckons this solved all problems for him. Shoes are especially susceptible to mold growth. looks like its coming from ceiling downwards. We had cavity wall insulation done about three years ago and over the past two years in the little bedroom at the front that has two outside walls there is a lot of black spotty mould and the wall and room feel cold. I think this because you mentioned the wall was single brick leaf and this type of wall would be prone to it. – what would be the most effective way to eliminate mold or fungus ? I do notice condensation on the windows in the morning also. Mold frequently collects in carpeting or drywall at the back of closets, and can spread to clothing or packed items. When the damp evaporates, the salts come out of solution and are left behind on the wall. Today, I noticed green mouldy growing on the slats of my daughters bed! The first and most important thing to know is that mold most commonly affects peoples health through the inhalation of the spores. The moisture is what mold … When you find mold in your bathroom vanity or a closet corner, it’s feeding off the organic materials contained in wood panels or on wallboard. Hi Helpful engineer. It just appears like a dew from outside. We contacted the previous owners who are friends , they are shocked as they have never had this problem. Do you think this has caused damage and what is the solution – Damp proof inside and out ?? Normal sized closets tend to be pretty small unless you, of course, have a larger home. You will know when the wall is dry as there will be no more water being removed by the dehumidifier. The bedroom that has the mould is an extension to the house (was once a big house, converted to two massionettes) the bedroom is alot colder than the rest of the house, but we have the heating on to try and keep it warm (currently about 20C) We have quite a lot of mould on one wall, seems to go across the wall in patches and also up two corners of the wall. Finding mould behind a radiator seems a little odd, but it is on an outer wall and as our house is plasterboard with cladding i am told that we cannot have insulation. Do you have any thoughts on the sort of tradesperson we should contact, and / or the sort of insulation we should choose. Not sure if we are doing it right. Engage a specialist to inspect roofs, walls, balconies etc for leaks in water proofing membrane and flashings. 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 . How could i fix this? Charles. It’s not easy to notice because if the colour. Before that it had been only rented for one year, the rest of the time lying empty. Our shed is north facing so the rooms get very cold. Closets are especially vulnerable to mold. I suggest you look into a PIV positive input ventilation system and mechanical fans in bathrooms. Older homes often have problem closets. The mold is now only on the ceiling and growing fast. any advice greatly appreciated, thanks. One suggestion from a neighbour was that the rainwater is seeping through the balcony slabs as when you lift one up, apparently you can see a lot of sitting rainwater. We moved to a new house in May, the house was built in 1998. 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. They had damp ride there when I moved in but really didn’t pay much attention to it. Thanks. But this is a temporary cosmetic solution and the cause of the appearance of the mould, the damp environment, needs to be dealt with prior to redecorating. The mold reappears. From what you have detailed it would seem that improving the insulation to the walls (and possibly the ceiling/ roof) is the long term answer. Items in the house are getting mouldy (e.g. The mould looks like patches of green bobly and some yellow/white bobly patches. Our bedroom has built in wardrobes on the outside wall and I’ve noticed mildew in the bottom corner and on my shoes (on the floor in there). My son is having bad cough, excema and I’m wondering if this could be the cause. The bathrom has mould on the wall beside the window and the windown sill in the kitchen has mould as well. Properly-installed air-conditioning systems remove moisture from the air of the living space by taking up warm air, cooling it (removing the moisture) and circulating cool, dry air back into the room. Hi I live in a house apprx ten years old. I hope I don’t have a sick house What would you recommend to do? we are not sure if we noticed it get worse since we have had some really wet days of rain. Provide a mechanical extract fan to ‘wet’ rooms i.e. If not he should have and got you to sign a declaration of works stating the offering and the potential results of not taking it up. I am currently looking for a ‘specialist’ to help us identify the cause of a musty smell in a number of rooms in our house and mildew in one wardrobe. Thanks in advance. Mr personally think it could be penetrating damp. They are trying to blame me suggesting I am responsible. In bathrooms, leave the door to the linen closet open whenever possible to allow light in and air to circulate. They have mould growing on the outside walls in the top corners of the rooms and on the underneath of top of where window meets the wall(where blind hangs ). It is a good idea that wood surfaces affected to be sand to ensure the mold is completely removed. I started to notice black mold in the lounge outside wall and the bedroom outside wall, it’s just above the skirting boards. 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. Leave in place for one-half hour. None downstairs only up. Hi I dont know if this page is still active but I am in the course of renovating my house and am looking for a way to relieve the mould problem I have in the back room of my house. Mold takes hold on all sorts of things around your home. There is a balcony above the 2 bedrooms. I did get the structural engineer back thinking that it might be that the cavity wall insulation had been wrongly injected, he said that the damp meter was reading normal and that in the lounge it was that there was only one layer of board under the window which covers the whole of that wall and the coldness from outside hitting the warmth of the radiator was causing condensation, and suggested that I get some insulating paper on that wall and also to use a dehumidifier. But I wonder could you give me name of a specialist for galway city area. Any thoughts – can you still get black mould with penetrating damp from a leak in mastic around door? These if installed correctly will constantly dilute the humidity in the home while also having the the benefit of improving the air quality in the home. from gas heaters, drying clothes indoors etc. The article above provides should information to help find the source of the problem, but if its as serious as you say an engineer or architect (fully trained and with PI) should be engaged to carry out an inspection and report on suitable remedies. 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!!). Sarah Bryans. The downstairs room is okay. In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. Mold in bedroom settings is particularly problematic because, while mold in any room of the home presents a health hazard, people often spend more time in their bedrooms than in any other room. This infection and remember its a household mould infection can be deadly . Another thing i have noticed is in a corner behind my washing machine there is also mold (where the water pipes are, could this be a leak? It is always on outside walls and places where air movement is poor. The house has very poor insulation and i fear the mould is being caused by body heat when lying in bed. bathroom. I had v. limited funds so did what we could. Last year in the bathroom and bedrooms we noticed there is a balck residue which can be wiped away. Many thanks, I have been to the doctor and he says I badly need to get out of there. They then said to only use one until for the whole house as it seems 2 are too powerful for the house (1,600 sq ft) but the issue persists. Any ideas thanks. There is not much information to go on. 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. The house I Currently reside in a 5- bedroom semi detached extension in the Manchester. 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 found that in the built in wardrobe (floor in wardrobe is same as the floor in the rest of the room – parquay wooden floor, would not be great quality) shoes and clothes had mould over them so I moved them out. Do I just clean the external vents, spray around the vent and then control temperature? The bathroom is also against this wall, no extractor fan! I need to fix this issue once and for all. People can have negative reactions to mold. The main cause of mold growing on contents can be related to a problem with ventilation. We have the usual black mould issues in the bathroom but in recent months are getting green powdery type mould inside cupboards, on walls etc. We have vents in all of our rooms which are constantly open. I have had damp in the past in the 2 bedrooms, nowhere else in the apartment. Mold is a health hazard that can increase allergies and airborne pollutants. Why has it hot worse and only upstairs. Had council out but by the time they came out it had dried out , I then decorated and wallpapered the end wall with a thick paper which is warm to touch. Who can I contact to resolve this for me. Or perhaps a DPC has been installed but the ground level has been raised above it outside, thus allowing water to enter at the base of the wall. I do think this has increased the air quality of the apartment (might be my imagination) but 6 months later I am getting a musty smell from the wardrobe and drawers! I checked the bathroom which is next door- no problem there or anywhere else in flat. etc. Even if the mold you see is limited to your basement, the spores from that colony can move throughout your entire house and stay airborne for a very long time. Can you tell me why this might happen on ceilings? 5) Re plaster (skim) walls & ceilings. There is no window in bathroom or kitchen just bedroom and living room but noproblem in those areas Any idea? Thank you so much. 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) I had builders in on something else, so I got them up to look at the mould and ask if they could put more mastic around the outside of the doors to make sure the seal was still good. Kind regards Debs. Nothing has appeared in the hall. I’m at a total loss. Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. Becky. I have also started to notice mould spotting on the ceiling. I am moving back now but the place is destroyed with mould and the smell of dampness I can’t seem to get rid of it. I live in the north west. I moved into a local authority bungalow in January and ever since I have had numerous problems with the bedroom wall which is an gable end wall. I have blown insulation in to the cavity and lined the walls with polystyrene type wall lining and insulated above the room in the loft which has reduced the problem. Can you help? We have, what I think, White mould growing on the internal Walls of our garden brick shed. Hi, can you give me any advice? Bamboo can be reused over and over again. There is black mould growing around all new double glazed pvc windows and sliding doors. 2. I am in Munster. Thanks x. Limit the use of movable gas heaters, as this type of appliance releases large amounts of water vapour into the air, if they are used an external window should be left ajar in the room to allow fresh air to enter and the moisture produced to escape quickly. Humidity’s goal in life is to be water again and what it needs is a cold surface to achieve this. Our semi-detached house is 20 yrs old. I will then let you know what I think. Mold removal is essential to ensuring a safe home and can be done quickly and easily. Mold is a rough fungus, capable of spreading and growing on almost anything, including shoes and clothes. It would be normal for a house owner to clean up small areas of mould on wall/ ceiling surfaces with little difficulty. Given the right circumstances, mold takes hold of a home and spreads throughout the interior. If closet mildew is clinging to the walls, mix ½ cup baking soda with a gallon of warm water. It is available in small, white granules that hold twice their weight of water. This adds much needed space to our tiny kitchen, but because it’s single brick it gets condensation and mould growth. We are a bit confused with some builders saying that it is salt leaving the bricks and some say it is damp. Thanks! 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. How do I solve the problem? When you open the closet, warm moist air from the house flows into the closet and condenses on the cold wall. It is semi detached circa 1970. Maybe 3 years ago. To clean the mold on the walls of the closet, use diluted vinegar water (vinegar mixed with water in the ratio of 1:1) and wipe off the visible mold, discard the cloth when it is soiled with mold.

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