Facts About Mold:

Are certain surfaces more susceptible to mold?
Yes! Building materials, such as drywall, gypsum wallboard, wood, adhesive, ceiling tiles, paint, plywood, paper, and cardboard all contain cellulose, which is a source of nutrients for molds.

Is there anything I can do while painting to combat mold?
Use paints with anti-microbial properties.

What if I find mold growing in a project I am painting?
Mold growing on non-porous surfaces can be cleaned with a detergent. The affected parts of porous surfaces like drywall must be completely replaced and the area must then be cleaned thoroughly.

What about wood trim?
A semi-porous surface like solid wood, if infected, may require a combination of cleaning and replacing, depending on the severity of mold growth.

Ways To Reduce Mold Growth:

  • Seal ductwork. Leaky ducts allow cool air into buildings. When this cool air mixes with warm air, the dew point changes and water condensation is created. Also, leaky ducts can create air pressure imbalances. Both of these conditions make indoor moisture harder to control and lead to air quality concerns.
  • Allow plenty of fresh air to circulate. Proper ventilation will help prevent mold and other indoor contaminants from building up in a house.
  • Remove sources of mold. Clean mold growing on non-porous surfaces with a detergent. On porous surfaces like drywall infected surfaces must be completely replaced. Infected semi-porous materials like solid wood might require a combination of cleaning and replacing.