01:32PM | 11/13/99
Member Since: 11/12/99
1 lifetime posts
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.


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.


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:**

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

Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

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

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon