04:45PM | 09/27/07
Member Since: 09/26/07
1 lifetime posts

Water is leaking into the basement. We have the stryrofoam block walls. Water seems to get in very easily in the very corner of the house and leaks through the foam and down to different levels of the wall...drywall is installed on the walls and it gets wet. After a little amount of time, mold forms. I guess my main question is - HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE IS THE LEAK IS COMING IN? Secondarily...if the drywall is glued to the wall, how can I get it off? We are handling this situation with great care because of the mold.


06:42AM | 09/28/07
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
First things first, since you know mold is present, working in the area should be done with caution. However, I assume you have not had the mold tested to determine the exact strain.

Let me state there are a lot of variables and without seeing your situation, all I can do is make an educated guess based on past experiences.

OK, if you stop the leak, you will NOT stop the mold from growing, nor will you kill it. You will need to kill this mold that is present and prevent new mold from growing.

I think you should start from inside, however if you have mold growing under the drywall and you remove it, you will be releasing mold spores into the basement. I'm sure you already have a fair amount of spores in the basement, but adding more will only make things worse. Also, you should be concerned with cross contamination.

If your drywall is glued to the wall, scraping seems to be the only method.

Let me be frank, unless you have the proper personal protective gear and equipment, you can put your health at risk. You can also spread the mold to other areas of your house by employing improper remediation techniques.

Being in the mold remediation business, I inspect infected homes on a weekly basis and there are certain scenerios where I will advise the client on how to DIY. In your case I believe you may be in over your head.

You maybe able to work with a local remediation company to have them expose the area where you think the leak is and to apply a treatment to the entire basement to make is a safer work environment for you. Killing the spores in the air is crucial.

Questions -


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon