Sheetrock Maintenance: Mold Removal and Prevention Sheetrock Maintenance: Mold Removal and Prevention
Sheetrock maintenance to remove and prevent mold is more important today than ever. Energy efficiency standards have forced homes to be build more airtight, advancing the creation of mold spores. This is especially true in newer home construction. Mold presents a hazard to homeowners since the spores can be launched in the home’s HVAC system and breathed in, reducing air quality and creating the potential for illness.
Plug Leaks when They Occur
A way to decrease the development of mold on your sheetrock is to plug all leaks when they occur. Leaks may be inevitable but can be addressed, particularly after a heavy rain or situation. When you notice a spot on your wall that is discolored, wet or has a strange odor, this means that mold may have begun to invade your home. You can address these issues by cutting away a section of the wall where the mold is developing and appling a solution of bleach and water to kill the mold.
Use Specially Designed Sheetrock and Building Materials
Another good way to prevent mold is to insist on sheetrock and other building materials that are designed specifically to retard or prevent the growth of mold. These products are made with mold inhibitors on the paper facing, backing and the core of the sheetrock. The boards are also water resistant so they will not get wet and create an environment that is conducive for the growth of mold.
Check Faucets for Leaks
Bathroom and kitchen faucets should be checked on a regular basis for leaks. Replacing a leaky faucet will reduce the chance for mold to develop. Leaking fixtures will seep into your drywall and create a perfect host for mold to grow. When you spot a leaking faucet, have it repaired immediately and this should abate any future problems associated with mold growth or creation.
Replace Materials Around Tubs and Sinks
Replace the materials around tubs and sinks that prevent water from getting into the walls with mold and water resistant materials. This will ensure that water leaks will not invade the sheetrock and create a potential mold situation. This is especially true in homes where you do not know whether the building materials used are specifically designed to be mold resistant.
Removing Moldy Sheetrock
When mold is discovered, use a sharp razor knife to cut away the section of wall that is moldy. After treating the mold with bleach and water, replace the sheetrock with a patch piece cut to size. Use replacement sheetrock that is mold resistant and you should eliminate the problem for good.
There are organizations and groups that promote healthy living and healthy homes that can provide additional tips for preventing and removing mold from your sheetrock. Maintaining vigilance, especially when you suspect that water and water leaks may have occurred, will help you stop mold from occurring.