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Mold: Recognization and temporary removal


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10-27-11, 08:01 AM   #1  
Mold: Recognization and temporary removal

There are several gaps where the roof meets the wall and moisture is coming in. I can smell the mold when I enter the house.

I've been out of work for a while and don't have the money (est. $2K) for a new roof or roof repair (close to $1K)

Is there a spray or paint that I can use to kill the mold and prevent it from growing back at least for a few months until I can fix the overall moisture problem?

And how do I recognize the mold? There must be more than the visible brown areas on the wall

 
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10-27-11, 01:49 PM   #2  
A lot of minor mold can be taken care of with a bleach/water solution. There is no paint coating that will kill the mold!! although generally it's harder for mold to grow on fresh paint than it is on a porous surface needing paint.

Anything that gets wet repeatedly can be prone to mold growth. You need to do whatever you can to stop the moisture from getting in the house! Caulking and/or tar might be enough for a stop gap measure.


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10-28-11, 05:44 AM   #3  
There are lots of coatings that will prevent mold! But id clean the mold up first then paint it with Foster 40-51

 
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10-28-11, 01:34 PM   #4  
I sprayed with 50/50 bleach/water. The dark stains are still there though they seem to be darker and deader as opposed to lighter and more "alive"/"fresh"

 
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10-29-11, 04:54 AM   #5  
Did you rinse it after you applied the bleach solution?


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10-29-11, 07:03 AM   #6  
50/50 is way to strong. 10 parts water to 1 part bleach is fine.
Staining will still be present after mold remedeation. So don't worry about that.

 
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10-29-11, 10:14 AM   #7  
I use a 50/50 bleach solution but only on the exterior where I can rinse it well. It's not a good idea to use a bleach mixture that's any stronger on wood as it can damage the wood fibers.


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11-14-11, 12:42 PM   #8  
What I use is a mixture of baking soda and water in a spray bottle and let it sit for a while. Then scrub it. Following that I make a vinegar and and water mix in a spray bottle and spray afterwards and wipe clean.

 
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