Wood Mold Treatment

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Mold forms on wooden surfaces when humidity is high and ventilation is poor. When mold is detected in a home, all spores must be removed from the wooden surfaces completely to avoid health problems.

Treating Framing Wood

  • If a wooden frame is inside, a barrier needs to be set up to eliminate spreading spores; if the frame is an outside frame, a barrier is not necessary. If the wooden surfaces containing mold are smooth, they can usually be wiped down first, then pressure-washed to remove all traces of mold.

Treating Difficult Wooden Areas

  • To treat difficult-to-reach areas of wood, where wiping would be too difficult, such as eaves or roofs, power-washing with baking soda will work very well. If a roof is to be power-washed, however, it is important to make sure no contaminated water runoff can get into the roof insulation.

Precautions When Treating Mold

  • Because mold can cause health woes for people, precautions need to be taken when cleaning and treating mold-infested surfaces. Filter masks, goggles and gloves should always be worn to prevent contamination.

Prevention

  • Once wooden surfaces are treated for mold and completely dry, a sealant can be applied to prevent further mold growth. Because mold thrives in damp, humid conditions, using a dehumidifier will also help to stop mold from forming on wooden surfaces.

Testing

  • If necessary, an air quality test can be performed to detect the level of mold spores in a particular area, such as a basement or attic, where wooden surfaces have come in contact with moisture.

References

  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Andrew McConnochie Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Kevin Dooley Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
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