Replace walls after closet mildew?

spedprofAugust 16, 2014

I live in a apt. condo by the ocean. Some clothing that was in a walkin closet (and unused for several years) was found to have mildew. Washed the walls down with vinegar for a quick solution. Do we need to replace the walls with newer moisture resistant wallboard? One wall faces bathroom (recently redone) and one faces outside which also recently had all bricks removed & new insulation put in. Is replacing walls overkill or does it sound prudent?

Thanks in advance.

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It is a simple fact of reality, that when you restrict air circulation, you create an atmosphere that allows mold and mildew to flourish. So now that you have remediated the affect of, ensureing that you do not repeat, should be sufficient.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 11:26AM
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One solution is to paint the walls using paint with a fungacide (basically bleach) added to it. This helps to prevent the mold/mildew from growing on the wall. Zinser makes some great paint products for remediating/preventing mold/mildew. I had very good luck with Perm-white in my bathroom.

Here is a link that might be useful: zinser perma-white

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:39AM
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I agree with the perma-white paint. I believe it has a 5-year warranty for mold/mildew. I used it in my bathroom well over 5 years ago and still no sign of mildew, which was a major problem before I discovered the perma-white. I have also used it in my closets with the same great results. It comes in satin or semi-gloss and can even be tinted if desired. Great stuff!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 4:02PM
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You need to improve air circulation in that closet, or the mildew problem will recur on clothing. The walls are not the problem.

Adding some vents to the door, even adding a fan that runs a couple hours a day to swap out the stale air with fresh.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 7:33PM
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