Every house you enter has been made with roughly the same type of materials; cement, wood, metal, and drywall. Drywall is found in the bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms and offices of our homes and drywall mold is found in just as many places. Mold loves drywall!
Top 3 Components that Make Drywall Mold Friendly
- Drywall is made with thick sheets of paper and a substance called gypsum plaster. The paper covers the plaster completely on both sides, hiding the plaster and giving it a smooth outer texture. The paper covering, however, makes drywall the number one food source of mold! We discard more drywall materials due to mold damage than any other type of material used in your home.
- Mold loves damp, dark places to grow, and drywall is often times the perfect place.
- Drywall easily absorbs moisture into the thick paper. The moisture is then trapped because the back side of the drywall is closed off to ventilation. This creates an atmosphere of moisture with an easy food source for hidden mold to grow rapidly. We have seen mold grow over five times its original size in as little as two months due to the prime conditions that water filled drywall produces for mold growth.
What to do if You have Molded Drywall
Do not ignore small spots of mold on drywall, because it will spread quickly and will affect the environment of your house. Drywall mold is very common, but it is also very dangerous to the health of your family and quality of your home. If you find drywall mold in your home, or you suspect you might have some, we recommend that you have it assessed by a professional. Do not attempt to remove portions of the wall on your own as it may cause the spores of the mold to become airborne if disturbed. Professional mold removers have specialized tools and methods to use in non-invasive ways that will help them determine the damage done to your home by drywall mold.