4. I recently bought and renovated a terraced house in Cork (completed April this year). Can’t stand the thought of it, please help Sheila. Our semi-detached house is 20 yrs old. Our bedroom has built in wardrobes on the outside wall and I’ve noticed mildew in the bottom corner and on my shoes (on the floor in there). In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. You will then need advice then from an engineer about replacing floor joists etc. We have bought a timber framed house built in the 80’s. 5. Her bedroom is above an internal garage so it’s always a bit colder than the rest of the house. On the outside wall where this bedroom is, there is a timber car port that looks like it is on it’s last legs. During the summer the mould kept growing on the back of the chests of drawers,but its like a powdery green mould and completely covers the back of the drawers. We had a leak in our master b-room but fixed it and have not had additional sings of leakage. 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 at ceiling height. The mold reappears. Above the room is a sloped roof, it was been fully insulated to meet standards. I have also started to notice mould spotting on the ceiling. I discoverted some very blackmould on the ceiling down one side of the wall. Please assist. Hi, please help? We have two kids and one has asthma and are worried about him breathing it in. Got council out again,inspector this time, who said it was condensation,I suggested rising damp and he laughed at me and suggested that I hadn’t pasted the paper down properly, I have been wallpapering houses for over 40 years and the rest was stuck fast. if you have a contact number it would be great. In the past year we had pvc double glazed Windows installed throught the house now we have a black mould appearing, we also have condensation on window this is happening in our bedroom only. I’m a decorator myself and I’ve noticed that the wallpaper is starting to come away from the walls also. We have, what I think, White mould growing on the internal Walls of our garden brick shed. We’ve just finished renovating twol brick based cottages that have been converted into one cottage prior. Mould fungus needs three conditions to grow (infection, nourishment and a damp environment) and these will be present in a dwelling once a damp environment is established for a period of time. Thanks in advance. I’m serious. My living room had internal cladding of some sorts put on it with a fresh coat of plaster. 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. Brown, green or black patches of fungi in the corners, walls etc. Treat the mould with an anti-mould wash, shop bought or made up with warm water and a little bleach. Even if you dont smell a moldy odor upstairs, heavy concentrations of mold spores can be floating in the air your breathing right now. Any suggestions? If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. I think this because you mentioned the wall was single brick leaf and this type of wall would be prone to it. What I can’t understand is homes much older than mine seem to be in better condition when watching a place in the country. People can have negative reactions to mold. Is this very high? Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth. The house was built 1930’s. Wherever there’s excessive moisture, such as leaks, damp corners or wet insoles, mold can accumulate. Wash mildew-stained articles once with soap and water, rinse them well and dry them in the sun. Could this be the problem? Is the builder talking rubbish? bathroom. Everything great. You could dry line it internally, install external insulation or if the walls are cavity construction pumped insulation is probably the cheapest and easiest solution. Closets often provide the cool temperatures and moist atmosphere that mold needs flourish. When i pulled back the bed i realised the floor had completely fallen. Before that it had been only rented for one year, the rest of the time lying empty. I am trying to figure out what to do. Both the bathroom and the ensuite have extractors installed in them. In the bedroom he said it was a lack of ventilation and again the dehumidifier should help. attic is insulated and there is polystyrene in the wall cavities. Drop me a PM and I will have a chat with you. I had v. limited funds so did what we could. Ensuite is on ground floor at gabel end of house. The water has just been connected & it has only appeared, there doesn’t appear to be any buckling of the boards & the room hasn’t been ventialted as the handle was missing on the window, but it appears to be where the boards meet – any ideas? None downstairs only up. I have a house which is rented, the tenants I have in have a problem with damp in a bedroom (which has2outside walls ) and condensation on double glazed windows all upstairs. Would a dehumidifier help us? Thanks. I removed the box in the corresponding corner of my closet and found the green and black stuff, too. but I have just noticed that in the downstairs study & newly laid laminate floor appears to have green mold on it in the corner. Clean as appropriate. There was no issues with mold before, I keep the place heated to 18c the thermometer is in the hallway. This helps to slow the spread of fire, as one involving a car would typically be more fierce. 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. A leaky roof can cause mold to grow in upstairs rooms by pooling in attics or ceilings, creating a perfect environment for mold growth. There is no sign of any water leaks in the loft (which itself is very well ventilated). Closet and Clothes. When I put the central heating on it gets duper jot downstairs but not up. After few days we painted the area but the mould has appeared again. etc. Or is there anything else you can suggest? Since it kills different species of mold from vinegar, the two are often used together in mold removal solutions. I do notice condensation on the windows in the morning also. Would I be right in thinking this could be solved with a vent fan in the bathroom and maybe some wall insulation in the bedroom? Some great info being shared here! 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. And on the underside of her mattress. Mold in Closet and on the Wall/Corner/Drywall Moldy closets are quite common because closets, with their humidity and lack of airflow, provide a preferred environment for mold to grow. Its located at the highest point on the wall on both sides of the corner (just below the roof). So do you think this drimaster is a possible solution for me, have you heard of them and what do you think of them/can you recommend something else? It’s black and seems to around the skirting board and about 3 to 4 inches above. This room is north facing too so gets no sunlight or heat during fine days (however my sitting room, with stove, is north facing too and has no mould issues) This bedroom never had a wall vent and when we replaced all the windows we would have blocked up all other room vents as we got vents installed within the window frames instead. Do I get my vents cleaned? What could be causing these issues? There is no window in bathroom or kitchen just bedroom and living room but noproblem in those areas Any idea? Is the moisture coming from the pipe?. Also, in our sitting room there are black patches on the ceiling from a smokey fire and a slight mouldy patch near a bay window. 3)Treat mould areas with anti sulphate solution, Dulux weathersield multi surface fungicidal wash Not sure if we are doing it right. Upstairs i had stains on the Roof but it was loose tiles and that was fixed last year. 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. I LIVE IN OLD STKNE HOSE WOTH MK DPC EYC OR INSULATION I have a black mould on walls in two rooms how do I cure. Perhaps a DPC (damp proof course) or DPM (damp proof membrane) is missing or damaged. Appreciate any help you can give me! I have scrubbed the place to try get rid of the smell. Let me know how you get on. The outside of the property has wooden faschia’s could this be the root cause? We have double glazed and done extensive decoration. Its more likely to occur in winter because the building surfaces are cold and because windows are opened less, thus trapping the moist air. Hi, I’m looking at purchasing a house but on viewing the property today I can see the upstairs bedrooms (3) in corners of these rooms and above Windows there is Mould, the estate agent told us that the owners have been abroad for 3 years and the property had been left like this to fend for itself. My two questions are 1. Can you tell me why this might happen on ceilings? Engage a specialist to inspect roofs, walls, balconies etc for leaks in water proofing membrane and flashings. I have had damp in the past in the 2 bedrooms, nowhere else in the apartment. I’m in the galway area. In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. Thank you so much. Do you have any contact information for someone who could do this for a block of units on the Sunshine Coast? Hello. IF you require impartial advice, you can contact any one of a range of building experts: chartered engineer, architect or building surveyor. Hi Your land lord has a legal responsibility to provide you with a safe living enviroment. Hi Helpful engineer. We are mid terrace. My AC was old (20 years) and rusty (and leaking onto the patio) and I was advised to replace them both, (one for upstairs, one downstairs) at a cost of KYD8,000. Great post, thanks for sharing! I have been in it almost two years. This en suite room, has a window and extractor fan and we follow best practice to get rid of the condensation. Remove mould from all surfaces where present by washing the surface with a suitable fungicidal solution and allow it to drying. It would be normal for a house owner to clean up small areas of mould on wall/ ceiling surfaces with little difficulty. Hi I dont know if this page is still active but I am in the course of renovating my house and am looking for a way to relieve the mould problem I have in the back room of my house. 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. Use gloves and take care none falls on carpet/ clothes etc. All habitable rooms should have a vent of some forms (trickle vents in window or wall vent). The loft / roof is not completed yet so no felt on roof and a plastic membrane covering the underside of roof in the interim. The problem is a high humidity in the home. The humidity level in our house is about 57% to 60% on average. 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. please can u advise what to do about mould on clothes and shoes in my wardrobe? We are at the end of a terrace and the one which we blocked ourselves is end wall. I am ground floor and it ruined the two flats above and has caused a wall to become damp and mould spots on the wall and ceiling. They then said to only use one until for the whole house as it seems 2 are too powerful for the house (1,600 sq ft) but the issue persists. We’ve also been told that the roof is shot to bits and are looking in the region of £4000 for a new one. Do you have any thoughts on the sort of tradesperson we should contact, and / or the sort of insulation we should choose. 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. I have 300 year old stone cottage. 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. The tenants did not tell us about the problem It’s a rented house. Dry rot is a major building decay fungus and is one of the most insidious and destructive problems your property can have. I would really appreciate your comments, thank you. From talking to people and googling I belive this is not the correct solution (I have heard of someone in the same estate getting it done and the problem came back worse than ever). I do not see this elsewhere. Tea tree oil is a natural and effective mold killing solution. 'THE HELPFUL ENGINEER' FACEBOOK PAGE. Can you recommend what we can do to get rid of the Mould or what may have caused it? Please could you give some advice as to what it could be, is it just lack of air into the room. 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. The first and most important thing to know is that mold most commonly affects peoples health through the inhalation of the spores. We renovated it by replacing all single glaze with double glazing and we got the walls pumped with insulation and the attic insulated. Molds are fungi that grow in the form of multi-cellular filaments. Stand a window fan to blow directly into the closet. Also this bedroom has a very old double glazed window that will be replaced. Is the wall solid or does it have a cavity? Items in the house are getting mouldy (e.g. It’s stressing me out the amount of mold I get in cuboids, around the windows, corners of ceiling. I just bought a place in south Florida and I find a mist of water on the laminate floor in one corner of are bedroom under a shelf and near a cabinet. Toxic moulds can cause a range of symptoms including headaches and a wide range of skin lesions and rashes. Why has it hot worse and only upstairs. 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. The house has very poor insulation and i fear the mould is being caused by body heat when lying in bed. 2. Who would be the right tradesman to call for this in particular would it be a structural engineer ??. The problem is the Extension En suite Bedroom, it constantly has dark mold patches in the corners of the room, which are getting worse and spreading even after years cleaning with spray, using a electric de-humidifier and decorating over numerous years. Hi – we moved into our house 5 years ago and the wallpaper in one bedroom has been loose behind the radiator the whole time. This assumes that the insulation you have installed is adequate, that there is a DPC in the wall and that you have investigated the causes of mould formation discussed in the article above. 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. AC closets are ideal for mold growth because the spores thrive in warm, wet, dark places. Built in 1907. We also have had a dehumidifier on during the day for the last couple of weeks and hasnt improved, just got worse. It is semi detached circa 1970. Cooking, laundering and bathing, without adequate ventilation, add three gallons of water to the air every day. Tags: clean water, mold growing, your closet The mould has really infected me. Are there any other defects in the area like leaking gutters, leaking downpipes, cracked render that may have an impact? They took one look and said it was condensation, not penetrating damp, because it was black mould and you wouldn’t get black mould with penetrating damp. My neighbours gutter was leaking for months, this caused the rain water to run down the exterior water and into the air vent in our bedroom. It is a white fluffy mould and also darkish mould that covers an exterior wall. The mildew spots have to be removed immediately. Hi we have a dorma house built in the 70s. My 1 year old son is in one of the rooms. Its hard to comment on limited information. But this is a temporary cosmetic solution and the cause of the appearance of the mould, the damp environment, needs to be dealt with prior to redecorating. We have mould on alot of items in a walk in wardrobe, a small area of paint bubbling on one wall about half way up and mould on the other side of that wall in another bedroom. Don’t know who to turn to – any advice or help would be much appreciated. Get rid of stubborn and smelly mold spots naturally. are there any vents in the room? Mold frequently collects in carpeting or drywall at the back of closets, and can spread to clothing or packed items. I have a louvre vent and vented windows that I can open and shut. He is needing insulation renewed up in his loft as there is hardly any or none at all in the corners. But if the powder is dryish and not mould like, it sounds like the wall is wet and the natural salts in the interior of the wall are being brought to the surface. Any ideas? The moisture is what mold … A phone number would be appreciated. We had built in wardrobes fitted in the master bedroom 6 weeks ago. But if it was my house I would do the following: 1. Many thanks for your assistance. We contacted the previous owners who are friends , they are shocked as they have never had this problem. Some questions for you. It appears to be on the surface of the paint and I would suspect condensation build up as this at the most northerly facing point of the house and only happens when it gets colder (i.e. One is right by my front door and other in corner ceiling of my living room. Why Mold Tends To Grow More On Contents In A Closet. The one side had already been blocked off and there have been no problems however we decided to block the other one off ourselves. Thanks, Neil. Properly-installed air-conditioning systems remove moisture from the air of the living space by taking up warm air, cooling it (removing the moisture) and circulating cool, dry air back into the room. Hi. I think the best course of action is for you to contact the original Builder and the Engineer/ Architect to visit and investigate it for you. There are no damp patches on the walls or ceiling and this issues is isolated to this area. hi there we have a major mould problem in our rented house we have treated it so many times and it keeps returning we think its coming from underneath the floor boards and we were told it is not insulated as the floor boards are starting to peel i was just wondering how much would it cost in ireland to get a engineer in to take a look to see what is causing it as we got onto our landlord so many times about it and nothing has been done we have 3 young kids who get sick alot thanks. Removing weed and plant growth from the building facades. No Excess Moisture: The first step in mildew control is to try to control the dampness inside the home. Closets are an excellent place for mold to start growing. If you live in Ireland you can call the ptrb to get some more detailed advice on how to deal with landlord . 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. I wondered if this might be and old damp/mould problem caused by the brickwork that was fixed externally by the previous owners but they never got rid of it on the inside of the wall? We also have mould all over the walls in our lounge and leather sofa?? I have a unit in the sitting room and I washed the green mould all off it, but the smell is disgusting dampness seems to have gotten into the wood and I can’t get rid of it, if anyone one has any tips they wood be much appreciated or else I’ll have to throw it out and it is a very expensive piece of furniture. I am at loss as to what to do after spending so much money. It’s a good dry house. 6. 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? Usually buying a damp removal products and taking the precautions detailed. Can you help? Great tips will use them to treat the mould problem in my ensuite. The front and back walls have been repointed but the side wall hasn’t and there are gaps between alot of the bricks. Humidity’s goal in life is to be water again and what it needs is a cold surface to achieve this. Any of these will survey your dwelling and issue you with a report detailing the problems and recommending costed solutions. Maybe 3 years ago. Use a cleaning solution that will kill the mold and mildew in your closet. We have an architect for the build and he does not seem unduly worried about this but we are quite concerned could you give us any advise Any dark area is prone to mildew growth. It is now in another bed room. Mainly on wall which is attached to neighbours house. How could i fix this? There is a balcony above the 2 bedrooms. Condensation can occur almost anywhere the conditions are right. The bathrom has mould on the wall beside the window and the windown sill in the kitchen has mould as well. 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? The dark patches seem to follow the joists on the attic floor. I am concerned as we have heating in the room but probably not ventilated . Ideally not axial type as they don’t have much pushing power but a centrifugal model like the eco air or filter less models from S&P. clothes in wardrobes)and there is a patch of mould in one of the bedroom walls (in a top corner of the wall). If things are kept clean, well-ventilated and dry, your chances of having mildew are greatly lessened. Mold allergies can produce similar symptoms to other allergies, such as hay fever, or seasonal allergy. Morning! You should probably engage an architect or engineer to look at your property in person and advise of the best solution. We had cavity wall insulation done about three years ago and over the past two years in the little bedroom at the front that has two outside walls there is a lot of black spotty mould and the wall and room feel cold. 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. I became unemployed around two years ago and have living in a damp mould infested bedsit since. there is no mention of damp in that area in our homebuyers report so must be since we moved in, Hi just wanted to ask I live in an apartment the bedroom is very cold even when heating has been on , it has no windows just a large door , gets really bad condensation causing mould all over door but has started getting mould on the walls over the door and separated wall beside my bed the building is only 5 years old and has bad mould all up the stairs too , it has a flat roof on it which 2 years ago has had work done on it to stop this but the building has not been treated , maintance man has said it just there no ventalation , should it still be growing on the walls , and I have a child that is a chronic asmatic and this seems to be affecting her really bad even when cleaning, I have bought a dehumidifier and it is pulling 10+ litres of water out a day he told me to just keep cleaning it off the walls is this right. Is drylining the only solution? This infection and remember its a household mould infection can be deadly . There were two wood/stone spiral staircases running up either end of the property. Brush off surface growth outdoors to prevent scattering the spores in the home. Whether used for clothes, linens, towels or storage, these tiny rooms are commonly affected by moisture and/or a musty odor. The area where the mold is coming from is in the bedroom those windows have ventilation holes, and mold next to the entrance of the flat which is on the partition walls. Would be grateful of your thoughts or advise as I do not want to spend anymore money on it unless I can be guaranteed it will sort out my problems (I spent a good bit on the new ventilation!!). The areas where mould is located need to be treated using a suitable fungicidal wash. Keep Things Clean: Make sure your clothing, linens and shoes are completely dry before placing them in the closet. 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