Help moldy gypsum plaster!

Mold in living spaces damages your health. Where it occurs, basic remedial measures are required. Often, in addition to wallpaper and the underlying plaster must be completely removed. Gypsum plaster does not mold when its environment is dry and clean.

The causes of mold growth on gypsum plaster

As a purely mineral building material, gypsum does not provide mold for the mold fungus. However, if mold is discovered on gypsum plaster, the causes in the vicinity of gypsum plaster must be sought. Moisture in combination with dirt particles, remnants of wall covering and paint can be responsible for the mold. A water damage in the wall may have moistened the plaster so that it can not dry anymore. If there are additional factors that favor the formation of mold, the gypsum plaster is attacked by the mold fungi.

First aid at local Schimmelstellen

Smaller mold spots can be cleaned first. For this purpose, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide is used in a 30 percent solution. Larger surfaces may not be treated with this, otherwise there is a risk of deflagration or explosion. Where these means are used, the hazard protection ordinance applies.

Tips for protected work:

  • Use a respirator that covers the mouth and nose
  • Put on safety goggles for your eyes
  • Use work gloves or disposable gloves
  • Wear protective clothing or special work clothing
  • Coat the affected area with a brush or a brush
  • After exposure, clean the surface with a little alcohol or spirit

These measures only prevent mold growth for a short time. They replace neither the cause research nor the necessary repair and renovation work.

Mold on large areas

If you discover large-scale mold growth on the gypsum plaster, you should better leave the distance to a suitably qualified specialist company. He will mill away the mold-infested plaster. At the same time, the milled layers are sucked away with a powerful suction device. As little as possible of the plaster dust mixed with mold spores gets into the room air. For all work on mold areas, respiratory protection must be worn.

Tips & Tricks

First countermeasures in the fight against mold are often means for spraying and disinfecting for laymen. Thus, no mold remediation can be achieved. The molds can thus be killed at best and still have a allergenic and harmful effect. Mold remediation belongs in professional hands.

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