Popcorn Ceilings With Mold
Popcorn ceiling removal can be difficult. A popcorn finish is a rough texture with uneven edges that is similar to cottage cheese. This was very popular in the 1970’s. The finish could be sprayed and effectively covered seam lines and any blemishes. It was brightly colored when new and was said to have great acoustical characteristics.
Homeowners and buyers today are not fond of popcorn ceilings. They collect dust and don’t reflect the natural light very well. Many popcorn-ceiling finishes are made with asbestos. Even though you can still find popcorn ceilings in newly constructed homes, there are not many textured ceilings.
What is Mold?
- Mold isn’t dust or dirt.
- Ordinary cleaning chemicals or detergents won’t remove mold.
- You shouldn’t try to just sweep it up or brush away.
- According to many “experts”, chlorine bleach is 98% liquid and should not be used for the purpose of removing mold from porous surfaces like popcorn ceilings. The chemical chlorine will not penetrate the surface and the chlorine bleach’s water will provide the mold with the moisture it needs to survive.
- In biblical times, mold was not cleaned by people. However, they were given instructions to do so. These days, mold must be physically removed.
- What kind of mold is this? It doesn’t really matter what type of mold it might be. You must get it removed.
Mold’s Common Health Dangers
Exposure to mold spores or mold allergens can cause allergic reactions, inflammation in the lungs, pain and swelling, as well as sinus infections. Mold-related illnesses are more common in those with conditions such as asthma or emphysema. Chemotherapy patients should avoid any contact of mold. Anyone can be affected.
Talk to your doctor if mold exposure has caused you health problems. Your doctor can run allergy tests or other tests to diagnose the problem and prescribe treatment. To ensure your full recovery, you must clean up any moldy areas in your home.
Popcorn Ceiling Mold Removal
Protect yourself by dressing properly before starting any mold removal job. Protect your eyes with rubber gloves or latex, as well as rubber gloves and disposable covers. To avoid inhaling mold spores, a N95 respirator or mask should be worn. Mold spores, which are easily dispersed when disturbed, can easily become airborne.
If possible, open windows and use fans to ventilate the affected spaces. Do not open doors to areas affected. You can also create containment to prevent accidental cross-contamination. You can seal the heat registers with 6-mil polyethylene and tape.
Spray bottles and pump-up garden-like sprayers are good options for antimicrobial cleaners. Use bleach sparingly! Antimicrobial cleaners are available in a variety of products and can be found at most hardware or home improvement stores. White vinegar is a good option if you have sensitive skin.
Spray the cleaning solution onto your ceiling. Let the cleaning solution sit for at least 30 minutes. It can be wiped away with a damp cloth. You should never re-dip an old cloth into clean water. This can cause water contamination. If you’re lucky enough, the mold will have been removed.
This might not work
Mold roots are porous and can grow into and through porous materials. You might think that mold is gone, but it may reappear just a few more days later. Your hard work has been wasted. The mold was growing deeper than on the ceiling’s surface.
You should physically remove mold instead of trying to clean it. This would involve completely removing affected drywall. Before the drywall can be removed, it must be cut out and bagged. Mold removal is not as simple as it appears. It is best to call a professional for help if you have a mold problem.
A certified mold remediates can deal with all types of residential mold problems. They know how to remove mold correctly the first time, and they are familiar with your safety procedures.
You Can Stay in Your Home during Mold Remediation
Is the entire house affected? Are you still able to use your kitchen and one bathroom? Is mold only in one area? Can you avoid using that room during removal? There are several things to think about before you decide to keep your house.
- Is your HVAC system at risk?
- It’s About to Get Loud! Is the noise coming from the contractor’s machine going to get on your nerves!
- How much remediation is needed?
- Sensitivity issues could be the deciding factor. What chemicals will be used to remediate the problem?
- Home environment can be affected by repairs and reconstruction.
Mold remediation can be dangerous work. You must understand all aspects of the process. You might not be able to see all the molds.