Can You Paint Over Mold?
Updated: Apr 27
Many homeowners and landlords make the mistake of painting over mold. A fresh coat of paint might make your walls look brand new, but unfortunately, it won't stop mold from growing. And even though there are mold-killing and mold-inhibiting paints on the market, you’ll still need mold removal services before you start painting.
Why Can’t You Paint Over Mold?
Believe it or not, mold can grow right through ordinary house paint. It can even grow inside of paint cans! Painting over mold will cover it up, but ignoring mold growth only makes the problem worse. If you paint a moldy wall, it will look good for a little while, but eventually, the mold will resurface.
If the paint on your walls is bubbling, chipping, or peeling, it’s usually a sign of water damage and mold growth. When drywall gets wet from condensation, leaks, or floods, it can easily become infested with mold. Although mold doesn’t eat the compressed gypsum that most sheetrock is made of, it can eat the thick paper that lines each side of a sheet of drywall.
Never ignore mold by painting over it! You could be facing expensive renovations if you don’t deal with a mold problem right away. If you have mold in your drywall, you’ll need to get rid of it before you start painting. Depending on the extent of the mold growth, you can kill it by cleaning it, but severely damaged sections of drywall will have to be replaced.
Mold Removal Before Painting
Exposure to mold can cause serious health problems, so before you grab your rubber gloves and a bottle of bleach, consider calling a professional. When you attempt to clean a moldy wall, you stir up dormant mold spores and put your health at risk.
The mold removal experts at My Pure Environment of San Francisco and Santa Clara have the training and equipment to safely deal with indoor mold. Our dry fog remediation method is fast-acting, demolition-free, and requires minimal cleanup. It’s the safest way to protect yourself and your family and pets from toxic and pathogenic mold.
Mold Remediation in San Francisco and Santa Clara
If you’re getting ready to give your home a fresh coat of paint this spring, but you’ve noticed signs of mold growth, call My Pure Environment for a free inspection. We’ll identify the source of the problem and advise you on your next best steps toward getting rid of mold for good. Call 408-741-9878 for mold removal in San Francisco, or schedule an inspection online today.
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