Did you know that the textured surface of a popcorn ceiling may include mold damage? Popcorn ceilings were standard in many homes due to their ability to hide flaws in the ceiling. Unfortunately, different molds can develop in them within 1 to 2 days. This is most likely if you don’t use the ceiling vent fans in your bathroom. Read on to learn more about mold damage on your popcorn ceiling.
Popcorn Ceilings Are Also Vulnerable to Mold
Mold refers to a fungus that releases living spores unto the air around us. The spores become an active colony if they find a porous surface full of moisture and warmth. Moreover, as the mold colony grows, it discharges more microscopic spores into the air. If your home or business has a living mold problem, you might experience a few of the following symptoms:
- Allergic skin reactions
- Frequent asthma attacks
- Disease flare-ups
Preventing Mold from Developing on the Popcorn Ceiling
In addition, moisture is essential for mold to grow and survive. The great thing is that you can prevent it by performing the following strategies:
- Repair any leaks. Besides indoor humidity and rising steam, a small roof leak or a clogged gutter can provoke mold to develop on your popcorn ceiling. It would be best to hire mold damage services to make any necessary repairs to your home.
- Use a dehumidifier. Basements and downstairs bedrooms are prone to mold development. Mainly when summer temperatures and humidity are high. One solution to this is by allowing a dehumidifier to run in these common areas so it can absorb the mold spores.
- Maintain or upgrade your HVAC. Perform regular maintenance in the spring or early summer to determine that your air conditioner is functioning well to keep your home cool and have low indoor humidity levels.
Removing Mold from Your Popcorn Ceiling
Furthermore, you might be able to clean away the surface mold with a teaspoon of baking soda and water in a spray bottle if you see early signs of mold damage. After a few minutes of spraying the affected area, you can delicately brush or sponge the area to eliminate the mold. Also, ventilate the damaged area so it can thoroughly dry. Otherwise, contact a mold remediation professional if you have a major mold problem on your popcorn ceiling.
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