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Qbie

01:32PM | 11/13/99
Member Since: 11/12/99
1 lifetime posts
Bvhvac
I purchased my house about nine months ago, and have been fighting ceiling mold ever since. I have had a carpenter install soffet vents and ridge vents, but this has not stopped the problem.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

rpxlpx

07:31AM | 11/27/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I had a ceiling texture installer tell me that the dark stains on my ceiling were from mold. Actually, it was soot from candles.
Something to be aware of.

Lawrence

02:08PM | 12/05/00
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
I agree that the problem probably stems from excess moisture and that a dehumidifier will help. However, it might stem from poorly insulated plumbing that is causing condensation in your ceilings, leading to mildew. It also might stem from a water leak from upstairs. If so, the dehumidifier will not help much because the moisture problem is inside the ceiling, not in the room. It also might be a combination: a water leak that was fixed years ago started the mildew, and the high humidity allows it to continue and florish.

Fundamentally, you can cover mildew up, but the only way to get rid of it is to rip apart the ceiling and kill it with bleach, then use those stain-covering primers and mildew resistant paints. Rumor has it that mildew-blocking primers such as "Kilz" will kill mildew, but that is a lie that not even Kilz claims its own paint can do. Kilz "kills" the stain from dead mildew, not the mildew, itself. Mildew resistent paints can merely allay mildew, even when boosted with mildicide additives. You need to get rid of the pest before mildew-resistent paint will help.

Check out the following links I found researching mildew:
http://srd.yahoo.com/goo/mildew/15/*http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/hesguide/housing/gh5928.htm
http://srd.yahoo.com/goo/mildew/8/*http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/housing/356-643/356-643.html

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited December 06, 2000).]

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