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Drywall mold

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by markvid, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Long story short, the faucet is my garage is basically up against the wall, so every time I'd use it, it would leak and run down the drywall.
    I always thought I had given it a chance to dry, but today, I looked at it and there were a lot of tiny black spots.
    I Lysoled it, followed by a good wiping down with straight Clorox.
    Also, now there is a fan running on it at high speed so whatever moisture I added today dries out.
    Also, the tape between pieces had some black on it, so I just took it off and pitched it.
    With 3 small kids, I don't need a mold infestation in the house. I don't believe it's gone inside, as wiping the Clorox did take some of the surface of the wall off, and it appeared that there was nothing underneath.
    Bottom line, does anyone have any suggestions for making sure that whatever is there can be killed? I think next week, I'll have a drywall guy come and cut that part out, but should I replace it with mold-resistant stuff so I can actually keep using that tap or should I just not bother?
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    You need to rip out the drywall and replace it with the waterproof drywall. Don't screw around with mold. You should also look at putting some sort of splash guard on that part of the wall too.

    We just replaced a broken water heater and I didn't even think about trying to save any of the drywall or baseboards that took on water, just ripped 'em out and replaced them.
  3. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Yeah, I think we're gonna need to do a replacement, I'm just looking at keeping it from spreading until we do this (hopefully next week).
  4. Rough Mix

    Rough Mix Guest

    What A_QB said. Georgia Pacific has a mold resistant drywall product.

    Use bleach to clean the mold off. Lysol won't kill the mold. I'd use bleach in a spray bottle. I'd bleach the studs after you tear out the drywall, too.

    Wear a mask when cleaning mold.

    If the faucet leaks because it needs repair get it fixed. It the faucet is set in too deep to the wall change that when you do the tear out. You have to find a way to keep the water off the drywall and studs underneath.
  5. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Actually, it was the hose connection to it. It didn't have a gasket, and I took care of that problem, now it's fine. Doesn't leak a bit.
  6. Rough Mix

    Rough Mix Guest

    Dunno about running the fan. You might be blowing out any mold spores you weren't able to get with the bleach. Is the area that wet?
  7. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Once I did the bleach, it is.
    And we're supposed to get an inch of rain tonight-tomorrow, so I can't leave the garage doors open to vent and get a breeze through there.
  8. Rough Mix

    Rough Mix Guest

    If it's wet from the bleach I'd let it air dry. You should google this. If it's wide spread call in a mold abatement apecialist. Like A_QB said, don't mess with mold.
  9. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Ok, fan is off...it's not wide spread, maybe an area a foot wide and 2 feet tall, maybe. It seems dry now and I don't see any black spots now at all. But that doesn't mean I won't call Monday. That area is going to be replaced.
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The problem isn't what you can see, it's what you can't see. The bleach is only going to kill what's on the surface.

    if you can get by with it, you should rip the drywall out yourself. Don't wait 'til Monday.
  11. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    Yeah, you need two professionals, one to replace all the damaged drywall, one to redo whatever plumbing will ensure there are no further leaks.

    Good luck.
  12. markvid

    markvid Guest

    Can't. I really need to get moving to Philly.
    I did rip out a small hole, looks like nothing formed on the back side of the wall.
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