Tons of mold on basement drywall, bleach it down and wipe off or cut my losses?

Old 12-19-15, 07:08 PM
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Tons of mold on basement drywall, bleach it down and wipe off or cut my losses?

Haven't seen the basement in a while and tons of mold all over the walls. Is this something I can just mass wipe down and wipe off or do I need to throw out all the drywall?
And if I do need to throw out the drywall, what about the insulation and studs, could the mold have penetrated those as well?
Any insight?
Old 12-19-15, 07:21 PM
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Pictures would be nice.
Dozens of reason there could be mold.
Old 12-19-15, 07:25 PM
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You will want to remove an area of that drywall to see if the mold started from behind or formed on the surface.

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First step should be figuring out why the mold is there. As Joe said, lots of possible reasons and knowing whether you have water coming through the walls or high humidity for another reason will help decide course of action. And you surely don't want to go through all the work of replacing drywall only to have problem recur.
Old 12-20-15, 04:33 AM
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As mentioned above, cleaning the mold off only works if it's on the surface. Any other signs of moisture? Do you run a dehumidifier in the basement?

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