Mold.. In a new build home

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsPaperFlowers:  As a scientist who works with fungi (mold are fungi), we use 10% bleach and 70% ethanol solutions to sterilize the laboratory. The dilution is important because it allows the mechanism of action to penetrate the entire cell. I would spray it with one of those, let it sit a bit, and then scrub it off with some kind of detergent while wearing a mask and gloves.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsPaperFlowers:  You can get ethanol at the drug store. Isopropanol (the strongest kind they have on the shelf and do the dilution yourself so it is strong enough) is also a good option. Know that they are both organic solvents and can remove finishes/pigment/etc. (also a scientist here that does a lot of cell culture work – we use 70% ethanol to sterilize stuff, too!)

If the mold is around the window sills, can you re-caulk the sills? I know in MA the humidity in the spring/summer/fall was a big mold producer. If you haven’t been running a/c (or if you have window units instead of central air) it can also be a factor.

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I don’t have advice about the cleanup, but I do recommend bringing in an independent professional to take a look.  Get a report in writing from them.  If they believe the mold is related to the siding problem, you can use this as leverage with the builders because they had already been made aware of your siding problem during the warranty period.  If the mold is by the window and if this is the only area in the house with the problem, it also could be an issue with the window itself.  If the window is defective, the manufacturer may have a warranty to replace it.  In our house, we had several broken window seals that we had to deal with before we closed, but the previous owner’s warranty covered everything.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Eckle:  That’s a lot better suggestion (and more credible) than I could have provided 😛

Soooo… +1.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsPaperFlowers:  Have them look at it – caulk is a good removeable stopgap in between their inspection and the fix. You’re probably leaking cool air like crazy and spending a lot extra on A/C if the gaps are that big!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@crayfish:  Thisssss.

We get mold around the windows and occasionally on the wall by the floor in certain areas during the winter because we run a humidifier and it loooooves the humidity. Black “mold” doesn’t always mean that it’s THE black mold.

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