What could I do to sort this problem out? Closets often provide the cool temperatures and moist atmosphere that mold needs flourish. My hubby is in denial, saying ” don’t worry it’s condensation, every house has condensation”. The Helpful Engineer © 2020. Is there any treatment that can be sprayed into the wall cavity to rid the timber frame of this old musty smell? I moved into a local authority bungalow in January and ever since I have had numerous problems with the bedroom wall which is an gable end wall. These if installed correctly will constantly dilute the humidity in the home while also having the the benefit of improving the air quality in the home. Nothing has appeared in the hall. But in that case the areas of fluff (fungus) were large. • Use other products that absorb moisture from the air such as small silica gel sachets. There is no damp anywhere in the house. The mould looks like patches of green bobly and some yellow/white bobly patches. The flats on each side of me are empty and have being for 3 years since i moved in. Try HESEnergy.ie they install systems for the council and sure they’d be happy to advise. – Excessive moisture on the building element itself because of defects in the building and/or flashings. Do I need air bricks? I have had a larger window put in to aid ventilation. There is also the smell of mould. All habitable rooms should have a vent of some forms (trickle vents in window or wall vent). • Cool air holds less moisture than warm air. It’s got worse since I had a vent put in bathroom when I switch the light of it comes on. Tips to prevent mold from growing in your closets: Make sure that clothes are completely dry before storing them in closets. 1. Its hard to say without seeing it in person but it sounds like it could be a cold bridging issue, i.e. One suggested drylining. help me to explain the defect diagnosis involved in the following mould growth on adjacent external wall to the toilet. I have a light dusty mould getting in to fabric and wood in my bedroom on the gable end of my house. Sorry for the long comment but am desperate for a solution. People (not experts) have said that the polystyrene linings will not provide enough insulation, and someone has recently suggested insulating from the outside which seems an interesting idea. I had a company come and look and their solution is a rencom ventilation system i believe its called. While the following bamboo air purifiers are the best way to deodorize a closet naturally, they are all great at removing moisture, mold and mildew, too. It’s black and seems to around the skirting board and about 3 to 4 inches above. Hi The cleaning solution consists of 1 cup of chlorine bleach for every gallon of warm water. Who do I call to get assistance that will not rip me off? 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 Party wall in bedroom has marks on it like fat splashes. is it a case of 12 years of unused house dampness that will dry out eventually? After using the bath the windows should be kept open/ or extract fan on and the door closed until all the moist  air is removed. Closets are typically poorly ventilated, kept dark and can have moisture issues, particularly if they are connected to an outside wall. My guess would be that the carport is not heated and is not well insulated. Built in 1907. I do notice condensation on the windows in the morning also. We have an air brick at the top of the wall and vents in the windows. Maintain reasonable background heat levels in the property. (unfortunately the homebond term is up for me now so I am unable to get the same builder in). Do you have any suggestions? Items in the house are getting mouldy (e.g. Hi. We have a dehumidifier in the balcony area, and make sure we don’t push things up against the single brick wall in winter. Given the right circumstances, mold takes hold of a home and spreads throughout the interior. There is no vent in the front or back of the house so only ventilation is windows. The mildew spots have to be removed immediately. Normal sized closets tend to be pretty small unless you, of course, have a larger home. 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. Even hanging damp clothes in the closet … Also, in our sitting room there concrete floor seems to be a bit damp under our bay window – is this a serious issue or a result of the condensation? 5. My living room had internal cladding of some sorts put on it with a fresh coat of plaster. A damp environment can also cause rot in timber and we will cover that in a later post. Without any further details that sounds to me like rising damp. We have double glazed and done extensive decoration. Will the installed outside wall insulaton resolve the problem. Leave in place for one-half hour. I have been in it almost two years. Can you tell me why this might happen on ceilings? Perhaps a DPC (damp proof course) or DPM (damp proof membrane) is missing or damaged.” They had damp ride there when I moved in but really didn’t pay much attention to it. 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? Hi I am at loss as to what to do after spending so much money. What advice would you give to get rid completely? We have had French windows installed in our bedroom leading out onto a balcony. thanks. We are in the process of buying a house that we have noticed has a small patch of damp in the corner of one of the bedrooms. Do you have any contact information as to who can do this, phone number would be appreciated, I live in midlands, thanks. We are mid terrace. Regarding your wardrobe, it sounds like your external walls are poorly insulated, which will need to be addressed. Any dark area is prone to mildew growth. At a loss at this stage! Even if the mold you see is limited to your basement, the spores from that colony can move throughout your entire house and stay airborne for a very long time. I have also started to notice mould spotting on the ceiling. looks like its coming from ceiling downwards. There is black mould growing around all new double glazed pvc windows and sliding doors. No heat from below maybe why? We have extractors in the bathroom, we open windows regularly and have our heating on. Use gloves and take care none falls on carpet/ clothes etc. Hi, Maybe 3 years ago. We had a leak in our master b-room but fixed it and have not had additional sings of leakage. Finding mould behind a radiator seems a little odd, but it is on an outer wall and as our house is plasterboard with cladding i am told that we cannot have insulation. Today, I noticed green mouldy growing on the slats of my daughters bed! I removed the box in the corresponding corner of my closet and found the green and black stuff, too. One reason to suspect mold is if you can smell a strong, musty odor in an area of your home. Hi, we moved in to our house in September. Do I have a leak I do not know about? Or improving our attic insulation to 300mm? The Joices are rotten. Had the company back twice, they said AC units do not dehumidify the house which I called BS on. We have the usual black mould issues in the bathroom but in recent months are getting green powdery type mould inside cupboards, on walls etc. I have a ground floor apartment. Dry Rot is also a big issue along with mould and damp! Limit the use of movable gas heaters, as this type of appliance releases large amounts of water vapour into the air, if they are used an external window should be left ajar in the room to allow fresh air to enter and the moisture produced to escape quickly. 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? Usually buying a damp removal products and taking the precautions detailed. Hi I have an ground floor apartment which I had rented out for a year. When i pulled back the bed i realised the floor had completely fallen. Hi, can you give me any advice? There are other more effective foams (polyeurethane, isocyanurate etc), but they are more expensive. We also have mould all over the walls in our lounge and leather sofa?? Gutters and roof were all checked about 6 months ago also. Because it liquefies as it absorbs moisture, do not let this chemical touch clothing or household textiles; it can make holes in them. There is also some mould showing in another room on the ceiling in 2 different corners but both near the front wall of the house. 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. Bear in mind the other points in the article as well, i.e. Preventing it is much easier than dealing with mold and mildew removal and is the best mildew policy. I had builders in on something else, so I got them up to look at the mould and ask if they could put more mastic around the outside of the doors to make sure the seal was still good. I discoverted some very blackmould on the ceiling down one side of the wall. Recently renovated an old house, took everything out – floors, walls etc. There seem to be a number of issues which should be fully investigates. The downstairs room is okay. But if the pad under the carpet is wet, the entire carpet and pad will have to be removed. Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. What your rooms need are humidity tracking extract fans. Several weeks ago, we cleaned out the gutters and re-pointed parts of the roof, where we thought there may be leaks – we then cleaned the wall over the sink but it has since returned just as bad. Looking for some advise myself. I checked the bathroom which is next door- no problem there or anywhere else in flat. Where this pipe enters the attic above this room we found some insulation around it was very wet. Thank you so much. Hi Your land lord has a legal responsibility to provide you with a safe living enviroment. 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. HI, It is always on outside walls and places where air movement is poor. I was thinking that replacing the windows might be the solution? He is needing insulation renewed up in his loft as there is hardly any or none at all in the corners. Its located at the highest point on the wall on both sides of the corner (just below the roof). just on small cupboard which contains shoes and coats. Condensation is caused by a combination of: -Excessive moisture in the air, i.e. The areas where mould is located need to be treated using a suitable fungicidal wash. I didnt know whether this was the best idea as i have mixed reviews and have never had a problem with mould before in the ten years ive owned the property so im looking for any help/advice you can give asap. Mold can grow anywhere in homes, including closets. When we started to clean the stairs we found that a lot of it was rotten so we cleared the damaged areas, used leftover render from the dmp course we had done and turned it into a storage cupboard. The wall itself is dry internally, and the external wall seems as though the cement in between the bricks has been replaced around the affected area. Dark, damp and humid closets can be breeding grounds for mold. The house is heated on a regular basis, and also aired regularly. We were thinking of replacing the plaster board under the window with an insulated plaster board and insulating the dorma behind, would this work or make the situation worse. 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. I have scrubbed the place to try get rid of the smell. We renovated it by replacing all single glaze with double glazing and we got the walls pumped with insulation and the attic insulated. 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. There is not much information to go on. Who exactly would be qualified to offer impartial advice? We have been living on our house for 10 years with no problems. I have had people investigate before and they believe the exterior wall has been poorly insulated as the insulation material ‘bounces’ between cavity wall and exterior wall. HE reckons this solved all problems for him. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture. Appreciate any help you can give me! Any ideas thanks. The tenants did not tell us about the problem Bear in mind that water entering a leak can penetrate in one place, track along a surface and exit in a remote spot. 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. A builder looked at it but could not explain it. We’ve also been told that the roof is shot to bits and are looking in the region of £4000 for a new one. While the mould on the wall has not worsened, the spread of mould has in the last few months. Therefore the ceiling needs to be insulated to prevent the heat from the room above being lost to the cold carport. If I scrape it of the wall tho the plaster is still clean and dry. In fact, activated charcoal kills mold from many surfaces (it can even be ingested, too). At a loss at this stage! I live in the north west. The last tennants got an air vent put into each room with a white cover over it. The humidity level in our house is about 57% to 60% on average. Is the moisture coming from the pipe?. Please could you give some advice as to what it could be, is it just lack of air into the room. I wouldn’t be able to advise you legally, but you should bring the issue to the attention of your landlord, if you haven’t already. Our existing windows are double glazed pvc but are there since the house was built. However, we open windows during the day and have the heating on for a long period so we are doing all that we can do but we cannot heat the house sufficiently due to bad insulation. Leaky roofs are also problematic and usually aren't detected until it's too late. Do u have any idea what sort of mould this could be and how to fix it? Hello. I live in a detached bungalow in the countryside. Infact we just have the one brick, no breeze blocks! Some questions for you. To whom it may concern, In bathrooms, leave the door to the linen closet open whenever possible to allow light in and air to circulate. Have problem with semi detached house on estate 15 years old dampness on wall of back room next to patio door. We have two kids and one has asthma and are worried about him breathing it in. Thanks x. The mold is now only on the ceiling and growing fast. 5) Re plaster (skim) walls & ceilings. The mould has really infected me. If you could e-mail me directly with some pictures and a description of the house construction and age I would be interested. Can I get that email too with specialist number please. In addition to an unpleasant musty odor, molds and mildew cause considerable damage if permitted to grow. The outside of the property has wooden faschia’s could this be the root cause? hi i ave a smell of dry green powder like mould under the bed slats an bhind my frames. The loft is well insulated and the house is in good order ( it is a timber house ) could you please advise me of anything I can do, either best to call a specialist or a simple remedy we live in the north of Scotland !!! Our existing windows are double glazed pvc but are there since the house was built. Hi I am having an single storey extension built and the builder has left a 4×4 ft MDF board inside the extension will this cause me damp problems later on. 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. If you could email me back that would be brill. The problem is a high humidity in the home. Your email address will not be published. More examples of mold growing on just about anything in … However, I notice also that the grout along that wall is cracked and I am worried it is rising damp. 2. We also have a lot of condensation on our windows in the mornings where it is leaving a puddle on the sill. 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. I currently have a mould issue due to a leak from the roof in my apartments. Any of these will survey your dwelling and issue you with a report detailing the problems and recommending costed solutions. Had council out but by the time they came out it had dried out , I then decorated and wallpapered the end wall with a thick paper which is warm to touch. It’s not easy to notice because if the colour. As you are buying the house I would first recommend that you get a full structural survey carried out to protect yourself. You will know when the wall is dry as there will be no more water being removed by the dehumidifier. We are at the end of a terrace and the one which we blocked ourselves is end wall. Hi there I do not see this elsewhere. It starts in the corner on the gable end then begins to creep along the wall. 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. Years ago its a story and half dormer and I have noticed mold in our bedroom up stairs above the window Is drylining the only solution? 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. 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. Helen. We’ve just finished renovating twol brick based cottages that have been converted into one cottage prior. Thanks. Yes it is our bedroom so we sleep in it every night, but we never get moisture building up on the windows (all double glazed, with cavity walls, although the cavity walls are not filled due to proximity to the coast). Does this sound like it is caused by bad insulation or a different problem? It is a white fluffy mould and also darkish mould that covers an exterior wall. We got one window replaced 2 years ago, and this is the only window that doesn’t get condensation. Any ideas? It’s a good dry house. 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? 'THE HELPFUL ENGINEER' FACEBOOK PAGE. Hi My two questions are 1. The humidity level in our house is about 57% to 60% on average. We have mould behind our chest of draws we have washed it off with a fungal wash, but cant understand where it’s come from its nowhere else in the bedroom . – what would be the most effective way to eliminate mold or fungus ? Hi Helpful engineer. Mold in bedroom settings is particularly problematic because, while mold in any room of the home presents a health hazard, people often spend more time in their bedrooms than in any other room. Ended up with mold forming round the corners/edges and window. Hi, I would really appreciate your input. Who can I contact to resolve this for me. The engineer carrying out the survey will advise as to the cause of the problems and recommend solutions. Get rid of stubborn and smelly mold spots naturally. We have recently discovered the recess in our bedroom which the original stairs came up has started sprouting yellow/white mould and is very damp. attic is insulated and there is polystyrene in the wall cavities. We recently had a lot of rain (caused flooding for the city..was bad) . where the wall insulation is missing or settled. We live in Worcestershire. The vents in the bedrooms are always left open. Sorry to hear about your difficulties. The wall (not solid) around the pipe is water damaged but it looks like the moisture is travelling down from the attic to half way down wall. (This is on the party wall with the adjoining property) the wardrobe is very cold inside. But I wonder could you give me name of a specialist for galway city area. Before that it had been only rented for one year, the rest of the time lying empty. Older homes often have problem closets. To clean the mold on the walls of the closet, use diluted vinegar water (vinegar mixed with water in the ratio of 1:1) and wipe off the visible mold, discard the cloth when it is soiled with mold. The wall feels damp there. I got a large shed built in my back garden just for storage.Its up about 6 years and my daughter now wants it as a play room so i got insulation boards put up, got it plastered and painted. Baking soda and vinegar are good non-toxic alternatives to get to the root or hyphae of the mold. Bamboo can be reused over and over again. However I am having problem in the bedrooms only. Apologies for all the questions but I’m at my wits ends trying to solve this problem, and as I have a newborn baby who will be moving into one of these bedrooms in the coming months I am eager to get it solved ASAP, any help is appreciated. My 1 year old son is in one of the rooms. There is a balcony above the 2 bedrooms. Why has it hot worse and only upstairs. White and mouldy fungi accumulation on books, clothes, cardboard, and wooden furniture; It even causes allergies, sneezing and irritation; 15 home remedies to get rid of mold and mildew. Thus, it is a matter of keeping the closets dry to prevent mold in closets. I am in the process of decorating the bedroom and I have had the wall skimmed, however on the wall that had the black mold the plaster has dried all mottled from below window height and in places the plaster has pitted. Apply the mixture to the affected area of wall or ceiling. Leaking water pipes can also contribute to mold growth in your home. The damp we noticed is along the bottom of the wall in the right hand side corner. It may seem appealing to toss dirty laundry into your closet corners before washing, but resist this temptation. They have mould growing on the outside walls in the top corners of the rooms and on the underneath of top of where window meets the wall(where blind hangs ). Could it be consendation? We feel with the measures we have taken that the mould should not be developing any further, do we need to use an anti mould wash? We live in a bungalow that is about 20 years old now. You mention ‘specialist’ to report on damp proofing etc would you have a contact person in the Cork City area please/. You might spend eight hours in your bedroom at night, every night, while you might only spend an hour or so in the bathroom, another hour or so in the kitchen, and just a few hours in the living room. I imagine, from your suggestions we should “provide additional insulation to avoid cold spots on walls” before re-doing our kitchen. It’s that time of the year again when the days are getting shorter and colder and that means that your house is more susceptible to mould growth. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. I would like help and assistance from any specialists? There is a large pipe in the corner of the room (we think this is a radon pipe) running from ground up into attic and vented out. A bit concerned as it is my 4 year old daughters room and she has allergies – this might be contributing to it. How to Prevent Moisture in Closets. How do I solve the problem? After few days we painted the area but the mould has appeared again. Skirting boards and window sill have black mould. Thank you. It is not a particularly damp house, although there are no ventilation bricks in any of the rooms, and the house is built into a hill, so half of it is effectively underground, but not one of the rooms with a mouldy mattress! is there sufficient insulation in the attic above the room? Items such as thick towels, comforters, heavy jackets, shoes and boots can take a while to dry after getting wet. This bedroom is usually quite chilly and has two external walls and the bathroom is quite small with a small window. Symptoms include: Also, there was a patch of damp in the ground floor bathroom which we attributed to a leak due to a bad seal. 6. Once you have eliminated all these possibilities it is a question of making sure the room is well ventilated and adequately heated. Our first floor maisonette has an old single brick balcony off the kitchen that has since been closed in (mostly with glazing). We end up living in a bottle. 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. Some great info being shared here! It is only in one bedroom on clothing which are hung in the room on an open rail (not shut away). Toxic moulds can cause a range of symptoms including headaches and a wide range of skin lesions and rashes. Towel dry the mold-free area, making sure to reach into corners if applicable. You mention “Engage a specialist to inspect roofs, walls, balconies etc for leaks in water proofing membrane and flashings. Check out all odors because it is possible for molds to hide behind walls or wall coverings.