Do You Have to Replace a Wall if It Has Mold Growth?

November 18, 2020 10:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Mold is not only unsightly and damaging, but can pose a major health risk for some people. Any time you notice mold in your home, it’s important to have it removed as soon as possible, so it won’t spread further. When mold develops on drywall, many people wonder whether it can be cleaned and repaired, or if it must be replaced altogether. After a certain point, mold can’t be removed from drywall in Portland, OR, so you’ll need to remove the damaged sections and replace them with fresh drywall.

Here are the reasons to replace a wall after it develops mold in Portland, OR:

  • Not all mold growth is visible: Most people notice mold growth when they see it happening, but that may not be the full extent of the damage. Mold spores are tiny and invisible. Even if you remove the visibly damaged part of the drywall, there is always the possibility that more of it is infested with mold spores. That’s why it’s important to remove and replace the entire damaged section of the wall. Mold remediation experts can determine which walls or parts of your walls are infested, then remove and replace the drywall.
  • Mold develops and spreads quickly: Mold needs water and a food source to develop, and can start to form within 12 to 24 hours of exposure to water. For example, if recent rainstorms have caused your roof to spring a leak, you should take remediation measures immediately. By the time mold starts forming on your drywall, it’s likely that it will continue to spread throughout your home, and fast.
  • Mold can damage your home’s structural integrity: Mold isn’t just a health hazard—it can also damage the structural integrity of your home. Drywall helps support the structure, so any time you notice an issue, it should be addressed immediately.
  • It’s a health hazard: Finally, mold can cause health issues, particularly if you’re already susceptible to respiratory illnesses. Some varieties are toxic to humans and animals.

What to do if you spot mold

If the mold hasn’t penetrated your drywall, you may be able to remove it with soap and water. Grab a pair of rubber gloves and protective goggles, if you have them. Clean the surface with warm, soapy water and let it dry completely. If the mold comes back, you’ll need expert assistance.

Sometimes, particularly in humid areas like Portland, drywall is a poor choice for homes. You may wish to consider fiber cement backer board as an underlayment material, particularly if you have to replace your wall(s) anyway.

Whatever you do, don’t ignore mold. It’s highly invasive, and can cause irreparable damage to your building. If you start noticing mold formation, try washing it away as described above, then call a mold remediation service to help.

Active Mold Control LLC can help with mold remediation, inspections and abatement, including replacing walls after they develop mold. We have nearly 15 years of experience helping Portland area homeowners fight against mold—call us today to learn more.

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