Bob Vila Radio: Mold Problems

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Oct 6, 2014 12:52 PM

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It’s estimated that 40 percent of American homes have a mold problem.

Mold Problems



Listen  to BOB VILA ON MOLD PROBLEMS, or read text below:

We know mold can follow a flood, but it can also happen when interior air is over-humidified or there’s not enough ventilation. It can happen behind vinyl wallpaper, bathroom tile, or any vapor barrier. And it can happen when a roof leaks or because of a leaky toilet or appliance.

We now know that some mold species have evolved to resist bleach on porous surfaces. While bleach will remove staining temporarily, the mold’s roots can remain embedded and regrow in as little as 24 hours. Flood victims who have relied on bleach report that in as little as three days their mold problem comes back with a vengeance.

Mold remediation has become big business. Faced with tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of work with toxic chemicals, which can be more harmful than the mold itself, some homeowners have had no choice but to tear down and rebuild.

It’s important to catch mold problems early. stopping the source of the moisture and removing all the moldy material is usually safest.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on mold and mildew, consider:

Quick Tip: DIY Mold Removal
How To: Dry a Wet Basement
How To: Prevent Mold and Mildew