Mold in Your Home’s Insulation

Can Insulation Grow Mold?

Basement mold is one of the most toxic mold growth that you can find in homes. Mold can cause serious health problems to those who are exposed to it, not only in the house but also in the places mold can be found in your house. When you are buying basement insulation, don’t automatically put down your money on polyurethane foam board or cellulose attic insulation. You should first check where mold can grow in your home and the places mold can be found in your house.

Moisture is what most people think of when they hear about basement mold removal. This is because mold needs moisture in order to thrive. There is no way around it. However, you have to make sure that there is not too much moisture in the basement.

You can remove mold in walls by making sure that there is no excess moisture in the walls. The first thing you will have to do is cut holes in all the walls in the area of mold. Make sure you do not cut through the insulation board. If you don’t, you might end up with a huge hole in the wall and mold in your walls. This will spread mold in your home and you will not even know about it.

Is Black on Insulation Mold?

Yes, it is probably mold.  You should get a mold inspection to be sure it is not harming yourself and your family!

Remove moldy insulation and take it outside. In order to do that, there will be to small holes to drill into the insulation board. You will have to get rid of any mold spores that are in the insulation. In addition to that, there will be other things to be done to prepare the outside of your home for mold removal.

Once you have removed all the mold in walls from insulation and the basement insulation, the next thing to do is remove the moisture. Now if there is any excess moisture in the basement, there might be some mildew growing as well. Now it would be a good idea to have someone suck out any excess water from your basement.

Once you have done those two things, it is time to start mold removal company. It would be wise to contact a mold removal company before you start removing mold in walls or any other part of the house. When you contact a mold removal company, they will come out to your home with a vacuum and sprayer and remove mold. Then they will remove mold contaminated materials. They will then give you an estimate for mold removal.

After you have paid the mold removal company, they will mold proof your basement and take out the mold contaminated materials. The mold inspectors will then give you an estimate for further mold treatment. Most mold inspectors are equipped with mold busters. Mold busters are devices that use negative pressure to force the mold spores down through the ventilation system.

By using moldy insulation in walls, attic and crawl space mold removal is possible. These moldy walls should be sealed and removed. If your walls or attic insulation has been damaged or ripped, it may be necessary to replace the insulation yourself. But if the damage was minimal, the cost of the restoration work should be covered by your home owners insurance policy.

How do you get rid of Mold in Insulation?

If you decide to go ahead with a full on mold removal project, you will first need to clean the area thoroughly. You will need to use a mold removal solution that consists of one part bleach to five parts water. This solution will kill mold cells and also discourage mold growth. The bleach helps fight against mold removal, while the water acts as a mold inhibitor and helps prevent moisture from being retained in the areas that are mold infested.

For an example of where moisture can be retained in your attic insulation, consider mold growth between window air conditioner vents and the ridge tile. Over time, the constant moisture causes mold growth on the tile. As this mold grows, you will need to replace the tile. In many cases, all the mold growth has to be removed. You will want to hire a mold inspector to determine the extent of mold growth and to determine the best way to remove the mold. If you have any mold in your home, get mold testing done by a certified mold specialist to determine the source of the mold in your home.

Another area that may require mold removal is around or under your house siding and mold in crawl spaces insulation. In these places mold may be growing due to condensation between the siding and the insulation. Once mold in crawl spaces insulation has been found, you will need to take steps to remove and prevent mold from growing back. If you find mold in your house, get mold testing done to determine the source of the mold in your house.