Don’t Just Paint Over That Mold Problem

The appearance of mold is unsightly. It’s not something that anyone wants to deal with, and often, the first attempt at correcting the problem is made by painting over mold. At the end of the day, while this approach may temporarily cover the mold problem, it doesn’t fix it. Most of the time when someone paints over mold it is simply a quick fix and done because the homeowner doesn’t know any better. Fresh paint looks good, and smells cleaner than that ugly mold, after all. Let’s be clear – painting over mold will not kill or stop the mold from spreading.

Mold growing on a wall

Trouble often comes after the mold continues to grow under the paint, further feeding on the moisture provided by the paint. In many cases, painting over mold provides short-term relief from this problem. Below, we’ll talk about how to tell if someone has painted over mold, and how to fix it right. This is especially important for prospective home buyers, since you will want to do all you can to ensure that your possible new home doesn’t have an existing mold problem.

How to Spot Paint Over Mold

Whether you’re buying a new home or wondering why painting over mold isn’t a good idea, here are a few things to look out for and reasons to fix it right. Paint needs a clean, dry surface to adhere to. Without that, paint won’t stick, and will soon become problematic. A few ways to tell if paint was applied over mold is to look for any surfaces where it seems like the paint is bubbling, or coming off the wall. This can often be seen by looking at walls from an angle and looking for areas where the paint seems to be bubbling, discoloring, or cracking.

Fix it Right!

There are a few steps to ensuring that you fix your mold problem the right way.

  1. Solve the moisture problem
  2. Kill the mold
  3. Prep the surface
  4. Paint!

While those steps may seem simple, it’s important to remember how dangerous mold can be. Black mold can be very harmful to your health, and can cause a range of health issues including breathing challenges, skin irritation, and illness. Rather than trying to solve this problem on your own, contact BioClean Remediation for full mold remediation that is guaranteed to be effective. Often, the most overlooked step is the most important and that is solving the moisture problem. These moisture issues are often hidden and hard to locate the cause. This is another area where BioClean Remediation, LLC specializes. We will work tirelessly to find the cause of your moisture and mold problems and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to fix it right.

What Next?

Don’t wait to find out if you have a mold problem. The earlier you catch a mold the better. Remediating mold in its early stages is easier and less costly than more advanced mold issues. An air quality test and mold inspection from BioClean Remediation, LLC is the best place to start in identifying and treating a mold problem. We will conduct a thorough visual inspection and air quality test using the latest technology in mold detection and provide you with a comprehensive analysis of the types and levels of mold present. If mold is not present, we will provide recommendations on how to keep your home and business mold-free and healthy for everyone. Give us a call at 251-504-0747 or contact us for a mold inspection and air quality analysis.