Bathroom Mold

Bathroom Mold

Be trained and certified as a Professional Industrial Hygienist and receive extensive on-the-job training during your industrial hygienist training from mold exper ts Phillip Fry and Divine Montero.

Bathroom and Kitchen Mold

It is common to find mold-causing water leaks in the toilet water supply and drain lines or the toilet itself, bathroom sink water supply and drain lines or the sink itself, or the bathtub-shower area [from openings in the tile or due to water leaks in the tub-shower water supply and drain lines in the wall and floor]. These bathroom water problems allow water penetration into the bathroom walls and floor, thus facilitating large scale mold growth, which can spread internally through walls, ceilings, and floors, and from the air current movement of airborne mold spores thrown into the air by the bathroom mold infestation. You may need to inspect inside the walls and floor with fiber optics inspection through a small opening you make in either side any walls or floors with visible or suspected mold growth. Learn how at Mold Inspection and Mold Testing.

Bathroom Mold Growth

Q. July 25, 2012. Your name was listed on the Certified Mold Inspectors. I had a toilet tank overflow in my house in Tannersville, NY on July 8. The fill valve was replaced. It came down to the first floor bathroom ceiling, and I believe the water traveled down the side wall of the bathroom joining my hallway. My caretaker didn’t tell me about the rug in hallway being wet. He told the renter it would be dry in a few days. After 5 days it was still wet. Then I had my licensed plumber came over with his shopvac and fan and sucked up about 2 gallons of water from the carpet. I had a carpet person that was supposed to come over 3 times, and he didn’t show. My licensed plumber came over on this past Saturday, and put the fan on the carpet, had ripped the seam and attempted to dry out the carpet and padding underneath. He said he had put it under the carpet. He said he saw no mold or smelled nothing. I do have a renter that is leaving on 8/2/12. I also have people coming in to rent that weekend. I want it to be safe for them. In the meantime I finally got a carpet guy over yesterday. I also told him to check the hallway closet backing onto the bathroom. He re positioned the fan under the carpet/padding for it to dry in the hallway. He said it was not positioned properly. The stain came out. He sprayed antimicrobial yesterday in the closet, sheetrock and underneath the rug. He did smell mold. He is coming back on Monday to remove the hallway closet sheetrock with a respirator. He will see how far the damage is in the back of bathroom in the closet. The carpet guy said the stain came out of the carpet. This carpet is in the entire house. Should I remove and throw away the carpet and padding in the hallway and possibly replace it with vinyl squares? I couldn’t try to match it. He said the mold is a mild case. My caretaker replaced the sheetrock in the ceiling. He said the insulation he saw was dry in the ceiling. He has spackled 3 times, and is painting the ceiling in the bathroom in the next two days. I don’t know if there is mold in the ceiling at all. I don’t know if there is mold in the joining wall (bathroom and hallway). If there is mold in the closet, do I have to throw out everything in the closet or just put it in the sun. (paper towels, toilet paper, sponges, paint cans, blankets, tools, vacuum, brooms, etc.).

A. You will have mold growth INSIDE the ceiling and the side walls, where the water leaked to. Mold growth begins after just 24 hours of wetness. Your ceiling pictures show water damage and the beginning of mold growth. Your mold remediation efforts in the ceiling and wall are inadequate to protect your property investment and future tenant health. All of the timbers inside the affected portion of the ceilings and walls need to be inspected and properly mold remediated and treated with the 25 steps for safe and effective mold remediation. Once you have removed all of the drywall in the affected area, two of the recommended steps will be ozone gas treatment of the exposed areas and the spraying of EPA-registered fungicide Tim-Bor onto all cleaned timbers. Also do ozone treatment of the entire rooms in the leak area. You can buy a low-cost home ozone generator that generates large amounts of ozone for effective mold remediation. Throw out the padding and carpeting and replace it with your good suggestion of vinyl flooring. Before installing the vinyl flooring, you to inspect the flooring beneath for signs of water damage and mold growth. That floor also needs ozone treatment and Tim-Bor spraying. As to the items in the closet, if there is mold growth on porous materials like paper, throw them out. For hard-surfaced materials in the closet, scrub them with borax laundry detergent to remove any deposited/landed mold spores. Please email me any mold follow up questions you may have. In service, Phillip Fry, mold expert. Certified Environmental Hygienist, Certified Mold Inspector, and Certified Mold Remediator

Q. Jan. 4, 2012. I have a Brizo vesi channel faucet which has the spout coming out almost horizontally and the tip of the faucet is sliced to show the water coming out like a waterfall. The problem seems to be that the channel or the spout is almost at 90 degrees from the base and the water does not completely drain after use. There is always standing water on the spout and I have to brush the spout to prevent mold growth. I’m concerned that I’m not getting all the mold in the back where the brush doesn’t reach. During the warmer months I brush the spout every day. When I first discovered black slimy thing come out of the faucet, I was horrified. We do not drink from this faucet but we do brush our teeth. Any suggestion how I can treat this problem other than replacing the faucet? The manufacturer says they did extensive study before marketing and they did not encounter mold growth in the spout. We have chlorine treated city water. If I can be of further service, please email me. Thanks, Phillip Fry, mold consultant. Certified Environmental Hygienist

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Do-it-yourself Mold Prevention, Inspection, Testing, & Remediation Guide

The ebook Do-It-Yourself Mold Prevention, Inspection, Testing & Remediation enables you [or others working under your directions] to do your own mold repairs on your home or other real estate property so that: (1) you can be assured that the mold-related work was done both safely and effectively; (2) you protect your family’s health and the value of your home or other property; and (3) you get your property mold work done at a small fraction of the cost of hiring so-called mold professionals to do the mold necessary mold prevention, inspection, testing, and remediation. This book is extremely valuable and helpful to you even if you plan to hire a Certified Mold Inspector or Certified Mold Remediator to do the work because you need to know precisely what steps and procedures are required to be done by the contractor or remediator to achieve safe and effective mold remediation. More information.

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