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. Infact we just have the one brick, no breeze blocks! Party wall in bedroom has marks on it like fat splashes. It’s not easy to notice because if the colour. I need to fix this issue once and for all. First there was black mould in the top corners,which were painted over with some kind of paint, then when it was snowing and icy a damp patch appeared along my ceiling from the outside wall as well as what seemed to be damp rising up the plaster from the skirtings. Everything great. When the damp evaporates, the salts come out of solution and are left behind on the wall. The downstairs room is okay. Hi, thanks for this helpful post. are there any vents in the room? Hi Helpful engineer. On the outside wall where this bedroom is, there is a timber car port that looks like it is on it’s last legs. â¢ Use baking soda for closet mildew. Also, in our sitting room there concrete floor seems to be a bit damp under our bay window – is this a serious issue or a result of the condensation? Sorry to hear about your difficulties. Even hanging damp clothes in the closet … Really need advice but have noticed a lot of people’s last questions have not been answered! Hi having mold issues ever since neighbor started developing his home. There is also some mould showing in another room on the ceiling in 2 different corners but both near the front wall of the house. bathroom. They will be familiar with the design and construction details. Brush off surface growth outdoors to prevent scattering the spores in the home. Is there a danger in mould like this ie breathing in while cleaning. No heat from below maybe why? It’s a rented house. Hi Would this concrete beam be the problem and would installing insulted slabbing to the internal bedroom walls on the external side of the house solve my problem? Condensation is caused by a combination of: -Excessive moisture in the air, i.e. We have no idea how long this stuff has been growing. Use mask that will shield you from fumes and gloves that will protect your skin from chemicals. I have 300 year old stone cottage. We have a ensuite shower the house is well insulated .the window is the story and a half part of the house Use 1 tsp baking soda with 1 cup water. Hi I didnt know whether this was the best idea as i have mixed reviews and have never had a problem with mould before in the ten years ive owned the property so im looking for any help/advice you can give asap. Tags: clean water, mold growing, your closet I have received a quote from a friend who is a dry liner and here is the work he prescribed: 1) Removal of any defective wall, ceiling plaster When I touch with my hand it comes off like a powdery substance. We have a long radiator under the front window that doesn’t give much heat so we are waiting for a new radiator to be fitted nearer the recess to see if that can help. Condensation can occur almost anywhere the conditions are right. Have you checked to make sure that there are no leaking pipes internally or is there water getting in from some source like overflowing gutters, roof leaks or cracks in the wall. Hi I had v. limited funds so did what we could. In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. â¢ If your closet is in a room that is prone to dampness buy a dehumidifier for either the inside of the closet or place it close to the closet. 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? There is no window in bathroom or kitchen just bedroom and living room but noproblem in those areas Any idea? I have had people investigate before and they believe the exterior wall has been poorly insulated as the insulation material ‘bounces’ between cavity wall and exterior wall. We have recently discovered the recess in our bedroom which the original stairs came up has started sprouting yellow/white mould and is very damp. it can be perfectly dry in the rain but soaking on a cold dry day). How to Troubleshoot Mold on Interior Walls. Hi we moved into our house 3 years ago. I cannot see any other sign of a condensation issue anywhere else in the room or the house. It was also on the inside house wall of the wardrobe which is at the front of the house. My living room had internal cladding of some sorts put on it with a fresh coat of plaster. When I put the central heating on it gets duper jot downstairs but not up. Many thanks, I have just stumbled upon this article as this weekend we noticed that shoes in our wardrobes had some mold on and a couple of clothing items in the wardrobe next to the exterior wall also had some, we know our drains need clearing and also the window under the wardrobe has loose guttering, meaning water runs down the exterior wall, could it be these factors causing the mold issue? These are the most common sources of mold growing in closets. Charles. Who do I call to get assistance that will not rip me off? I removed the box in the corresponding corner of my closet and found the green and black stuff, too. We are about to replace the radiator so pulled the wallpaper off and there are green powdery patches on the wall. We are at the end of a terrace and the one which we blocked ourselves is end wall. The internal rooms of the shed have been insulated with a foam plaster backed and then skimmed and painted. Clean corners thoroughly as any mold left there could re-establish the infestation. Would this be a better idea? Typically the ceiling over a car port within a house is a reinforced concrete slab. If I scrape it of the wall tho the plaster is still clean and dry. Since mold doesn’t need light to thrive, it can grow within walls, behind molding, and in hidden corners throughout the home, often making it more difficult to discover. Regarding the use (or not) of polystyrene: this is a cheaper slighter and less effective insulting foam, but if you want to use it you could thicken the depth used. Mould growth will develop on walls, furnishing, and clothes once dampness is present for a period of time. I have hovered as best I can but don`t know what to do. I have a ground floor apartment. Some types of fibers including nylon, polyester, and acrylic are mildew-resistant and will not support mold … Sorry for the long comment but am desperate for a solution. Some questions for you. A wardrobe solves a lot of storage problems, but if you have mold in or behind your wardrobe, you have a much bigger problem that requires immediate action because mold can cause or exacerbate respiratory illness and allergies. It is semi detached circa 1970. The areas where mould is located need to be treated using a suitable fungicidal wash. Others have suggested that nothing will fix the problem and we won’t ever be able to put things up against the single brick wall in winter… HE reckons this solved all problems for him. The Helpful Engineer © 2020. We have just noticed that our mattresses on the beds are covered in Mould on the underside, the washing basket is also covered in mould, as are a few items of clothing. Will the installed outside wall insulaton resolve the problem. A builder looked at it but could not explain it. Is there any treatment that can be sprayed into the wall cavity to rid the timber frame of this old musty smell? The Joices are rotten. Is it a fungus or is it because I have not left enough room for the wall to breath? Provide a mechanical extract fan to ‘wet’ rooms i.e. No water pipes in the area we have been told. What could I do to sort this problem out? but I have just noticed that in the downstairs study & newly laid laminate floor appears to have green mold on it in the corner. I think this because you mentioned the wall was single brick leaf and this type of wall would be prone to it. Be sure to keep silica gel out of the reach of children and pets. One is right by my front door and other in corner ceiling of my living room. He told me it was due to poor ventilation and there is nothing that can be done at this stage, other than keep the house to a mid level of warmth to make sure the walls don’t get cool. If this page still up and running?? A leaky roof can cause mold to grow in upstairs rooms by pooling in attics or ceilings, creating a perfect environment for mold growth. Could this be the cause of this mould appearing in various parts of the house. Now to see if the Freeholder is OK with us making changes to the exterior of the property… I imagine my neighbours have the same problem, so I can’t imagine they will have a problem with it – we’ll probably be the guinea pigs for the whole street! The bathroom is also against this wall, no extractor fan! My son has mould growth on hi bedroom walls at the top and also the bottom he has also noticed it on and inside bedroom furniture. It is always on outside walls and places where air movement is poor. Debs. Hi Items in the house are getting mouldy (e.g. I got a new ventilation system into the whole apartment – and vents above every door. To whom it may concern, Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. Can you tell me why this might happen on ceilings? Finally, the building should be regularly maintained by: emedial action necessary, based on building use, remedial action, based on building defects, Infrastructure: The importance of railway gauge and setting the standard. Hi I am renting a property and I have just got an excellent Preventing it is much easier than dealing with mold and mildew removal and is the best mildew policy. Are there any other defects in the area like leaking gutters, leaking downpipes, cracked render that may have an impact? Even if you dont smell a moldy odor upstairs, heavy concentrations of mold spores can be floating in the air your breathing right now. 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. Use gloves and take care none falls on carpet/ clothes etc. The outside of the property has wooden faschia’s could this be the root cause? The clothes in our bedroom had this green mould growing on them, and I can ‘taste’ it if that makes sense, but no major signs of it on bedroom wall – only around windows. Do I get my vents cleaned? We have mould in our pantry, sons bedroom built in wardrobe the end were there is an outside wall, my daughters bedroom wall, again an outside wall, downstairs toilet, bathroom ceiling. I keep the ensuite very well vented when the shower or sink is being used. Items such as thick towels, comforters, heavy jackets, shoes and boots can take a while to dry after getting wet. or could it be partially damp clothing? Hi Helpful engineer. 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. Frustrated home owner, should I install a wall vent aswell as having the window vent? Leave the closet door open for ventilation and allow the dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture from the air. Putting away wet garments and shoes is the perfect place for mold and mildew growth to begin. There is no vent in the front or back of the house so only ventilation is windows. Both the bathroom and the ensuite have extractors installed in them. Hi Your land lord has a legal responsibility to provide you with a safe living enviroment. 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. I currently let out a victorian terraced house and have found some rising damp at the front which i am getting sorted with some damp proofing, but also i noticed some mould on the walls in the back bedroom upstairs and bathroom which is next door to it. We have a dehumidifier in the balcony area, and make sure we don’t push things up against the single brick wall in winter. Appreciate any help – Mike, have dry green powdery stuff on back of furniture and bedroom doors,what could b causing this and best way to get rid of it plz, Hi helpful eng 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. He said that he got the builder to fix the balcony and the work included putting a ‘slope’ and a new drain pipe under the balcony, so that the rainwater would not be sitting underneath the slabs. I wouldn’t use the room while the dehumidifier is in action, just go in on a regular basis to empty the water. We live in house approx 10 years olds. 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. Gutters and roof were all checked about 6 months ago also. Carrying out regular inspections and repairing any damage to downpipes, roofs and gutters promptly. Limit the drying of clothes internally and if clothes are dried inside they should be dried in well-ventilated rooms (with windows open) and with the doors closed to other parts of the dwelling. Great post, thanks for sharing! However I am having problem in the bedrooms only. Removing weed and plant growth from the building facades. attic is insulated and there is polystyrene in the wall cavities. I am trying to figure out what to do. 2. It would be normal for a house owner to clean up small areas of mould on wall/ ceiling surfaces with little difficulty. If you live in Ireland you can call the ptrb to get some more detailed advice on how to deal with landlord . He got 4 rooftile vents installed this year and the loft is cold and airy. Hi Helpful Engg., is it possible to get rid of mold/fungus by Air fumigation like the one done for a Surgeons Operation theatre ? Provide additional insulation to avoid cold spots on walls, floors and ceilings. Also both rooms are well ventilated and heated? Given the right circumstances, mold takes hold of a home and spreads throughout the interior. Problem is, I don’t know what I am looking for – an engineer of some sort maybe? That doesn’t sound good. Before that it had been only rented for one year, the rest of the time lying empty. Mold and mildew are health hazards to everyone exposed. Mold and mildew are in areas that do not get a lot of sun and are colder, so they will be the moist places in your home. Mold removal is essential to ensuring a safe home and can be done quickly and easily. There are other more effective foams (polyeurethane, isocyanurate etc), but they are more expensive. A tenant has just left the property so I also intend to air the property a lot more and I have purchased a de-humidifier. What advice would you give to get rid completely? After using the bath the windows should be kept open/ or extract fan on and the door closed until all the moist air is removed. More examples of mold growing on just about anything in … All habitable rooms should have a vent of some forms (trickle vents in window or wall vent). Or is there anything else you can suggest? Can I too get the contact for the specialist engineer I’m in donegal, hi im looking to find a specalist for damp proofing my home. The only cheap solution I seem to be able to find for these issues is something like the Drimaster 2000 but I’m not sure and I know if I go to any type of builder or anyone like this they are going to quote me into the ground and tell me that this is a serious issue. We had a leak in our master b-room but fixed it and have not had additional sings of leakage. However, I notice also that the grout along that wall is cracked and I am worried it is rising damp. Also there is little, if any, heat retention in the house after the heating is turned off. I recently bought and renovated a terraced house in Cork (completed April this year). Can’t stand the thought of it, please help Sheila. We have vents in all of our rooms which are constantly open and we also run a dehumidifier. A bit concerned as it is my 4 year old daughters room and she has allergies – this might be contributing to it. You do not want it to infect other parts of your closet. Presuming the cavity wall insulation was done correctly (did you consider whether they missed a spot?) Baking soda and vinegar are good non-toxic alternatives to get to the root or hyphae of the mold. In these, too, airborne substances can affect the upper respiratory tract. The estate agents are trying to palm us off and say it is condensation and so our problem with regards to ventilation. The builder was an insulation specialist, so I was a bit alarmed to recently find green mould spores growing up the walls by the stairs. 5. We always open windows while having showers and dont dry clothes in the house, there is also a air vent in the wall of the bedroom, house was probably built in the 1920, not sure about the extension though. Because it liquefies as it absorbs moisture, do not let this chemical touch clothing or household textiles; it can make holes in them. Ended up with mold forming round the corners/edges and window. 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. Any ideas thanks. Unheated closets, where one or both walls face the outside, can also be a problem. We live in Worcestershire. We are mid terrace. Do not use compact fluorescent bulbs in the light because they do not generate heat and will not help to prevent a mold problem. It is not a particularly damp house, although there are no ventilation bricks in any of the rooms, and the house is built into a hill, so half of it is effectively underground, but not one of the rooms with a mouldy mattress! Its more likely to occur in winter because the building surfaces are cold and because windows are opened less, thus trapping the moist air. please advise P, Hi, have the same problem as everybody above…. The wallpaper is beginning to wrinkle a bit. I will be using 38mm cooltherm boards to insulate the inside wall however this will not solve the condensation problem I have on the windows. Using the natural ingredient is ideal for closets, too. Hi, please help? A dehumidifier can be used to aid the drying. My two questions are 1. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. It was fairly unloved. 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? High-humidity or even steam from the bathroom can cause serious damage to the closet. Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. One is right by my front door and other in corner ceiling of my living room. Mainly on wall which is attached to neighbours house. thanks. We have vents in all of our rooms which are constantly open. – what would be the most effective way to eliminate mold or fungus ? The one side had already been blocked off and there have been no problems however we decided to block the other one off ourselves. I assumed that the mastic seal around the doors had failed, and water was getting in through a small crack, so there should be an easy solution. The white salts, if thats what it is, should not be washed off the face of the wall as the water will cause some of it to be dissolved and reabsorbed by the wall, to later come to the surface again. we are not sure if we noticed it get worse since we have had some really wet days of rain. Wash mildew-stained articles once with soap and water, rinse them well and dry them in the sun. 2. Margaret, there is a company called Crowley damp roofing they are very good. The window and French doors has usuall damp but easy wiped . My hubby is in denial, saying ” don’t worry it’s condensation, every house has condensation”. Hi we have a dorma house built in the 70s. My guess would be that the carport is not heated and is not well insulated. Any dark area is prone to mildew growth. Sounds like a lack of ventilation in your home, but I think you need to contact a local architect/ engineer to investigate the problem and detail solutions. 4. is it a case of 12 years of unused house dampness that will dry out eventually? Is this very high? I hope that helps. When you open the closet, warm moist air from the house flows into the closet and condenses on the cold wall. It’s also feeding on minuscule amounts of dust and dirt that are there no matter how well you clean. There is also the smell of mould. Mold allergies can produce similar symptoms to other allergies, such as hay fever, or seasonal allergy. I am in the process of decorating the bedroom and I have had the wall skimmed, however on the wall that had the black mold the plaster has dried all mottled from below window height and in places the plaster has pitted. The humidity level in our house is about 57% to 60% on average. we also get spots of mold round our bedroom windows despite the heating being on as we get varying amounts of condensation. Do not attempt to brush the mould off the walls, as this will just spread it. Install a light in the closet: A light can provide enough heat to dry the air enough to inhibit any mold and mildew growth. Sarah Bryans. This wall has always been cold. We were thinking of replacing the plaster board under the window with an insulated plaster board and insulating the dorma behind, would this work or make the situation worse. the external lateral wall is somehow dump because we get an awful mouldy smell in the room underneath the stairs and lately just noticed in my wardrobe which is agains the same wall. Any suggestions? At a loss at this stage! HI, He is needing insulation renewed up in his loft as there is hardly any or none at all in the corners. As you are buying the house I would first recommend that you get a full structural survey carried out to protect yourself. The main cause of mold growing on contents can be related to a problem with ventilation. Have problem with semi detached house on estate 15 years old dampness on wall of back room next to patio door. Whether used for clothes, linens, towels or storage, these tiny rooms are commonly affected by moisture and/or a musty odor. You will know when the wall is dry as there will be no more water being removed by the dehumidifier. Older homes often have problem closets. Attic Mold – Mold growth up in the attic can migrate down through closet ceilings and into walls. Not 100 % sure what it is. - Created by Slicejack. Thank you. Could this be the problem? It is considered by some that the presence of mould within buildings can contribute to serious health risks. House is 4 years old & theres damp mould on one ensuite door & on wooden set of drawers in ensuite. Over the years i thought i noticed the brick work and one of the ceiling beams slightly wet. Thanks. The roof and gutter are fine on this side. 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. I have a detached bungalow built in the late 60’s, I had cavity wall insulation put in not long after I moved in 12 years ago. 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. I am renting a flat above a pub. Mildew is a thin, often whitish to bluish-green growth produced by molds on many surfaces. Wash off wall and allow the surface to dry. Bear in mind that water entering a leak can penetrate in one place, track along a surface and exit in a remote spot. Once you have eliminated all these possibilities it is a question of making sure the room is well ventilated and adequately heated. Thanks. Humidity’s goal in life is to be water again and what it needs is a cold surface to achieve this. Thanks! Great tips will use them to treat the mould problem in my ensuite. I have also started to notice mould spotting on the ceiling. I have a louvre vent and vented windows that I can open and shut. Does this sound like it is caused by bad insulation or a different problem? I have pulled out 5 drawer chest and dressing table and the wall where it has had brown fluff opr dust on it has now got marks in places. A dry stiff brush could be used instead. The mold reappears. Over the past few years we’ve been getting some black mould patches over the windows (bedrooms mostly) and in some of the external corners. Please help us with any advice. Upstairs i had stains on the Roof but it was loose tiles and that was fixed last year. 2. 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) Would a dehumidifier help? I built a house 5. Corners that are located away from this moving air, like those in closets, become cool and allow moisture to condense. I have to seal the Windows in the sitting room because of the amount of dust, but the mold is in another room, the windows have ventilation holes. Sorry for the long comment but am desperate for a solution. This adds much needed space to our tiny kitchen, but because it’s single brick it gets condensation and mould growth. Hi – we moved into our house 5 years ago and the wallpaper in one bedroom has been loose behind the radiator the whole time. Get rid of stubborn and smelly mold spots naturally. We also have a lot of condensation on our windows in the mornings where it is leaving a puddle on the sill. Hi, I would really appreciate your input. Closets often provide the cool temperatures and moist atmosphere that mold needs flourish. My cavity walls were insulated with pellets,since this was done my bedroom ceiling has got black patches why has this happened and how do I get rid of this problem. Or improving our attic insulation to 300mm? But in your case, which sounds quite serious, or where mould is located in concealed areas it would be important to get a good damp specialist company in to investigate, clean and treat the affected areas. We live in a 1.5 storey villa built 30 years ago, but despite keeping the upstairs bedrooms well ventilated, we have what looks like ‘orange spores of mould’ on one of the bedroom walls (on an outside wall) and there is also evidence of black mould in some of the fitted cupboards. 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