My House Was Flooded From A Broken Water Pipe Resulting From A Freeze Is The White Snow Like Substance On Concrete Mold Or The Beginning Of Mold And I’ve Been Putting Rubber Mats On The Floor So That I Don’t Have To Walk On The Huge Amounts Of Dust From Replacing Drywall Please Tell Me How I Should Be Handling This Situation Ive Also Been Rnning Fans Thinking I Was Drying Out The Surface Of Concrete But I Turned Off The Fans After Reading The Fema Pamphlet
White growth on concrete is nearly always efflorescence, not mold growth. You can verify this by spraying a bit of water on the suspected growth. If it’s efflorescence, it will disappear as the crystals are dissolved by the water. If it’s mold, it will flatten, but remain visible.
I recommend removing the rubber mats for now. The impervious nature of the mats will prevent the concrete from releasing the moisture. After a week or so, put a couple of mats back down. Peel them back a few days later and look for signs of moisture on the underside of the rubber. If you see moisture, pull them off and allow the concrete more time to dry.
There Has Been A Wet Smell In Our Newly Purchased Home Since We Got Here The Previous Owners Did Not Heat The Home In The Winter Months And There Is Very Poor Ventilation In The Basement We Removed Some Gyproc Todaydoes It Look Like We Will Have To Remove It All
Yes, the sheet rock should be removed. This is necessary not only to clean up the existing mold, but to implement the prevention measures.
First, you need to identify the source of the moisture. Three possibilities exist. 1.) Condensation from the warm interior air hitting the cold concrete wall. This typically does not happen behind a well sealed wall , but it’s possible.
2.) Vapor emissions through the concrete. This occurs when moisture moves through the concrete in vapor form, creating high humidity and saturation on the surface. In an uncovered wall, the water would simply evaporate into the air without causing an issue. The installation of the sheet rock traps the moisture, leading to mold growth. There are two solutions – either keep the concrete exposed or install dimple board with a interior footing drain.
3.) Liquid water intrusion. It’s possible you’re having liquid water enter through the cold joint at the bottom of the wall. If this is the case, you’ll see more damage at the bottom plate/framing than higher up the studs. In most cases, the solution is an interior footing drain.
My Basement Wall Has Developed This In Recent Months This Is A Shared Wall Of A Twin Home But This Part Of The Wall Extends Past The Neighbor’s House And I Believe There Is Water Sitting On The Side Of The House Is This Mold
This is likely a combination of mold and efflorescence. Efflorescence occurs when moisture migrates through the concrete, picking up minerals along the way. Once the moisture reaches the surface, the water evaporates, leaving behind the mineral deposits. Because this is a product of water movement, often a small amount of mold growth is present as well. If the concrete wall is unfinished/uncovered, it will typically dry out on its own. However, you’ll need to fix the issue if you plan on finishing out this wall with framing, insulation, etc. The wall will inhibit dry out and lead to mold and rot damage to the framing.
Preventing moisture migration through a concrete foundation wall is accomplished by a combination of the following. 1.) redirecting downspouts away from the home. 2.) Installing a waterproof membrane on the interior side of the foundation wall. 3.) Installing an interior footing drain and sump pump at the base of the foundation wall.
We Just Purchased Our Home Three Months Ago And Recently We Discovered These Discolored Areas In Our Garage Should We Be Worried Should We Be Seeking Some Type Of Environmental Remediation
It’s difficult to determine from the photo whether this is mold or efflorescence. An easy way to distinguish between the two is by flicking a bit of water on the surface. Efflorescence will dissolve in water, mold will just mat down a bit.
Either way, it likely indicates vapor emissions moving through the concrete. You can verify this by taping a piece of plastic to the concrete. Recheck this in a few days. If you find condensation on the backside of the plastic, you have a vapor emissions issue.
In a garage this is not a problem, as long as you keep sensitive items off the floor. The vapor will eventually evaporate from the surface. Do not install carpeting on any concrete showing signs of vapor emissions! This will lead to major mold problems.
I Found A Hard Black Coating Under Painted Concrete In My Basement If After Cleaning Can I Paint Over It It Did Not All Scrub Up Does Mold Get Imbedded In The Cement
Based on your description, this does not sound like mold. On concrete, mold will appear in either a fuzzy format or a stain like appearance. It would not feel like a hard coating. In either scenario, it is fine to paint the concrete after you’ve thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned the area. Anything remaining is simply the pigment from the prior mold growth, which cannot regrow.
We Have A Problem With A Room In Our Basement It Is Uninsulated And Has A Moldy Smell The Odor Is Worse In The Winter Months My Son Likes To Sleep In The Room
You’ll want to focus on two items – increasing the temperature and the air flow. Addressing these issues will lower the humidity and the mold growth/musty odor.
Purchase a relative humidity gauge and install it in the basement. Your goal is to keep the RH below 50%. Increase the heat as necessary to lower the RH until you’ve reached 50%.
The easiest way to increase the ventilation is to run a bathroom exhaust fan. If there’s an existing fan in the basement, run it at least 12 hours per day in the winter months.
It’s also important to verify whether the basement is suffering from vapor emissions through the concrete slab. This occurs when water vapor moves up through the slab and into the room above. If the basement is carpeted, the moisture can become trapped and lead to mold growth. See our page on basement mold for more info.
My Basement Leaked During Heavy Rain And A Towel Was Left On The Floor Upon Removing The Towel The Floor Was Slimy And Black How Do I Clean It Up
Assuming the floor is concrete, spray the area with a Borax/water solution. Clean up the solution and any debris with paper towels.
Occasionally the mold growth will leave behind a stain, even after a vigorous cleaning. The staining is an aesthetic rather than a health issue. If this occurs, steam/pressure cleaning may be necessary.
I Live In A Condo With Concrete Ceilings And A Flat Roof I Get Mold Along The Exterior Edge Of My Ceiling Whats The Best Way To Prevent This
The simplest option is to increase the temperature and outside ventilation of this condo. Typically this is accomplished by running the bathroom exhaust fan 24/7. Our humidity page has an in-depth explanation of the approach. If you don’t have a working bathroom fan, you’ll have to find another way to introduce fresh air into the condo. Keeping a window cracked is an option, but can be uncomfortable during very cold weather.
I Have A Major Moisture Issue Along One Wall In Basement Particularly Behind Furnace Duct
The white, fluffy substance is efflorescence and the black spotting on the wall is mold growth. Efflorescence occurs when moisture moves through the concrete and deposits minerals/salts on the surface. In a basement, this can be a complex issue. First, I recommend looking at your downspouts and ensure they are moving the water far away from your home. Your goal is to reduce the moisture load in the soil near your home.
If this doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll likely need a sump pump and possibly an interior footing drain. While expensive, they are often the only way to completely solve the problem. In most cases this will involved removing the wall in the problem area so the footing drain can be installed at the very edge of the concrete slab.
Picture Of Hard Deposits On Inside Of Concrete Blocks It’s Only On The Lower 1
This is a tricky one. If it’s hard to the touch, it’s not mold. It’s either mortar or efflorescence. The latter will dissolve in water. Typically it’s powdery, but I’ve seen it form hard, crystal like deposits in some cases. The fact you found mold on the backside of the sheet rock points to an ongoing moisture intrusion. This would explain the efflorescence, which occur when moisture moves through masonry. I recommend testing the deposits by submersing them in water. Do not reinstall the sheet rock until you’ve dealt with the underlying moisture issue.
How To Remove Mildew And Mold From Patio Pavers And Other Concrete Surfaces
Hello! I hope you had a Happy 4th of July !! We had some family come into town and enjoyed being with them.
The house we are building is coming along and I will be sure to give you an update soon!
Today I wanted to share a solution I found for getting rid of the mildew or mold that you might find growing on your sidewalks, steps, or patio.
It occurs most often on surfaces that face North because this area by the house gets the least amount of sun exposure. When it rains the moisture stays on the surfaces and with time is the perfect breeding ground for mildew, mold, and algae.
Here is a picture of what our patio looked like!
A couple of years ago when this problem started I read that you can pressure wash it away and so I borrowed a neighbors pressure washer and tried it. It was a big fail! The pressure washer only got some of it off and made a bigger mess by kicking the sand between the pavers up and all over the place–Ugh!
After my failed attempt I felt frustrated and basically decided not to look in the direction of the pavers for awhile .
Well, this Summer I was finally ready to face it again. I first tried vinegar because I had read it might work and I liked that I already had it in my fridge and was a “natural” product. It helped a little but not enough.
I looked online for a product that would remove mold off of patios and found some expensive products with mixed reviews so I decided instead to take a look at what my local home improvement store had .
How To Clean A Concrete Pathway Without Harming The Surrounding Grass
After a few years, homeowners might notice that their concrete walks, driveway and patio look a bit tired. Nature’s detritus – dirt, decaying leaves, growing moss, decomposing fruit and berry-stained bird droppings – adds up until the average homeowner goes looking for a walkway and patio cleaner that doesn’t kill the grass. Cleaning concrete and patio pavers without damaging adjacent plants begins with preparing your surface and an environmentally friendly approach before you have to apply elbow grease and chemicals.
Environmentally Friendly Ways To Clean Mold Off Concrete Patios
Indoor and outdoor mold can grow on concrete surfaces like patios and basement floors and walls. When mold appears indoors, it can present a health hazard. Outdoors, mold can mar the appearance of the patio and make the patio surface slick. You should remove this mold quickly, but without negatively affecting the environment.
If you use harsh chemicals outdoors, you can kill plants due to chemicals in the runoff.
Indoors you could impart chemicals into the air 1. There are means to avoid both problems.
Our Basement Cellar Has A Substance Growing On It Is This Mold
Yes, this looks like mold growth. It is quite common for cellars to suffer from mold growth. This is due to the cool temperatures and high humidity. Regularly cleaning the concrete can help . Also, painting the concrete with semi-gloss, mold resistant paint will make it easier to clean. Depending on your climate, a long term solution might involve a dehumidifier or increased ventilation.
How To Get Rid Of Mold On Concrete Basement Walls And Floor
When mold is found in the interior of a home, it’s a much bigger deal because of the serious health hazards of black mold. For more extensive interior mold problems, it may be best to hire a professional mold mitigation service for removal.
If that’s not in the budget or you’ve discovered the problem while it’s still relatively small, you can do it yourself.
Begin by protecting yourself. Because mold can affect the respiratory system, it’s best to use a high-quality respirator to block out mold spores. Also, use rubber gloves and goggles for eye protection.
Create either a bleach solution or a solution of detergent and water. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests the latter as detergent can better penetrate concrete’s porous surface than bleach.
For thorough cleaning, use trisodium phosphate, an industrial-grade detergent that will kill mold and remove grease and grime. Apply the cleaner with a brush and scrub thoroughly to remove the mold and engage the roots. Wipe clean.
Once clean, use a bleach or vinegar solution and allow the solution to dry on the wall or floor. This will serve as a preventative to keep the mold from returning.
Looking For More Helpful Tips To Keep Your Home Mold Free
Do you want more information to remove mold from concrete and other areas? If you’re dealing with mold or water damage, check out our blog. We have tips and resources to help you.
But if the problem is bad and you need a professional, contact us here. We’ll do whatever it takes to get your home mold free.
How To Prevent Mold And Mildew From Growing On Your Patio
Dear Tim: My wife and I have an outdoor patio with colored precast concrete paving blocks. It doesn’t take long each year for black mold and mildew to start growing on it. We also have an issue with moss and algae growing on it. I have to power wash it at least once a year and wonder if there’s a way to prevent the moss, mildew and mold from growing in the first place. Am I damaging my patio with the power washer? Why is it growing on the precast concrete pavers? This problem can’t be that hard to solve. — Loren P., Okatie, S.C.
Loren: I used to have the same problem on two massive brick paver patios in the back of the last house I lived in. It was a mind-numbing job that took hours and hours of work to restore the patio to brand-new condition each spring. I hated doing that job.
Let’s talk about why the moss, mold and mildew grow in the first place. Many years ago I couldn’t understand how it could grow on solid rock, precast concrete or brick, but now it’s crystal clear to me.
Moss, mold and mildew need food to survive, just like you and I. The food sources are assorted, just as humans’ diets are. Dust, ultra-fine sugar aerosols from trees and bushes, tree sap, minerals, organic debris, etc., are all food sources for the unsightly things growing on your patio.
How To Remove Mold From Concrete Floors In 5 Easy Steps
Mold is a common problem in most households, but it can also make you sick. That’s why it’s important to remove mold from concrete in your home.
Mold, just like mildew, is a growth that pops up in damp or shaded areas. That said, can mold grow on a concrete floor? Yes. Concrete floors, with their bumpy and porous texture, is a great place for mold to thrive. If you see mold start to take hold of your concrete surfaces – whether on a basement wall, or patio – you need to get rid of it immediately. Otherwise, it will spread and be difficult to remove.
Keep reading to find out the best ways to remove mold from concrete.
How To Get Rid Of Mold And Mildew From Concretesurfaces
It can be tricky to identify mold growth on concrete. Ifit’s black mold then, it’s easy to identify. However, if it’s white moldgrowth, then you can get a bit complicated. However, there are severalsimilar-looking substances that can fool you as well.
Once you have established that it is indeed a mold growth in your concrete, you need to remedy the situation. Thanks to the extreme durability of concrete, eliminating the mold is a simple process. Unlike carpeting, framing or sheetrock, you don’t need to worry about damaging the material.
However, if it is a rather large area that’s been affected, you should contact a professional mold remediation company. These professionals will bring along specialized equipment such as containment and HEPA filtration.
However, whether or not the mold returns will pertain to the underlying problem. If the problem is related to groundwater intrusion, you will need to resolve the moisture issue in order to keep mold from recurring.
This could be a simple process of redirecting downspouts away from the affected area or sloping the boundaries of the wall. The process itself is relatively cheap and is a well-worth investment.
Sealants are also a great way to prevent mold growth.
Another way to prevent mold growth is to lower relative humidity. Concrete is a poor insulator and tends to become quite cool in winter months.
How To Prevent Mold On Concrete Floors In The Future
Even though you know how to remove mold from concrete, you don’t want to have to do it again. That’s why you need to take the proper steps to prevent mold from resurfacing.
If you can, keep the affected area dry with direct sunlight. This might mean you have to prune some trees or move patio furniture.
Add proper ventilation to keep the area from collecting moisture. If you need to, create a drain or drainage pathway to avoid standing water.
How To Clean Mold Or Mildew From Concrete And Stone
Perhaps your area was very humid last year, or maybe it’s always humid where you live. Humidity creates a cozy environment for mold or mildew to grow. Last summer was very humid in Brooklyn. Green mold or mildew started growing on practically every surface, from concrete to stone, to benches and trees! I needed to learn how to clean mold or mildew from concrete and stone.
I watched a few of my neighbors use a solution of diluted bleach which is effective. Then I learned about another method from a Facebook group I am part of, DIY Home Improvement Projects – Wet and Forget . As bleach can sometimes alter surfaces, I thought I’d give this product a try first.
Mainly, I was looking to get the green off my property as it’s unsightly and makes my house and front area look poorly maintained. Who wants green all over their façade?
The directions for say to dilute the product with 5 parts water to one part Wet and Forget, and to use a spray bottle and spray it on a dry surface.
The mold around my home was on a few surfaces – the front stairs, stone on the home, and the wall around the front of the property.
It took an exceptionally long time to cover a surface with my spray bottle, as I had so many affected surfaces. I am wondering if it would be more efficient to dip a cloth in the solution and coat the surfaces this way instead? Next time.
With about half the surfaces covered, I waited.
Here’s a before picture of stone on the side of my staircase before it was treated:
How To Remove Mold From Concrete: 7 Effective Ways
With its light color and unprecedented durability, concrete is a great material of choice for patios, driveways, walks, and basement walls and floors. And while concrete is one of the strongest raw construction materials, its porous consistency makes it susceptible to mold, which takes root in the moisture trapped in those tiny nooks and crannies.
Once it’s taken root, it grows and spreads, marring your beautiful patio or driveway with black or green splotches that aren’t only unsightly but also present a potentially serious health hazard.
Knowing how to remove mold from concrete effectively is key to maintaining the aesthetics and safety of the concrete in and around your home. The best way to remove mold from concrete is to apply a bleach solution, laundry detergent, and water to the affected area, scrub it with a brush, and rinse it clean with a sponge indoors, or hose or power washer if outside.
In this article, we’ll examine why mold forms on concrete, to begin with, review the best methods for cleaning mold off of concrete, and discuss strategies for ensuring the mold doesn’t return.
How To Clean A Concrete Patio Using A Power Washer
In case you’re not familiar with them, a pressure washer is a machine that releases a high-pressure stream of water, while a power washer does the same thing but specifically using hot water. These machines are invaluable for cleaning large surfaces, such as a concrete patio or the facade of a building.
The good news is that it’s possible to rent a pressure washer if you think you’ll only use it once or twice each year. To make your cleaning solution, pour one gallon of hot water into a bucket and stir in baking soda a little bit at a time, making sure that it dissolves properly.
Add some dish soap and one quart of bleach, stirring slowly so that the mixture does not overflow. Pour your homemade cleaner into the power washer and follow the instructions on the package.
Ways To Clean A Concrete Patio Using Oxygen Bleach
If you’re looking for a relatively safe and environmentally-friendly chemical for cleaning your concrete patio, try oxygen bleach, such as OxiClean. One option is to sprinkle this versatile powder over the patio. Scrub at stains using a push broom, then let the bleach sit there for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
Alternatively, combine two scoops of the bleach with two tablespoons of water to make a thick paste with the consistency of peanut butter. Leave the paste sitting on stubborn stains for one hour before scrubbing it away with a brush.
Another option is to dilute oxygen bleach following the instructions on the package, and then to spray the mixture over your patio, remembering to rinse it away after a few minutes. Any of these oxygen bleach uses help you return your patio to a clean state.