Can you Paint Over Mold?

If you are struggling with mold, you may have thought about simply painting over it so you no longer have to look at its unsightly appearance in your home. Unfortunately, painting over mold is not the safest solution for dealing with mold issues.

While painting over it will hide the mold in a quick and inexpensive way, it doesn’t solve the root of the problem. Paint will not seal the mold or keep it from spreading, allowing it to remain a threat to the health of you and your family.

Mold issues within the home should be handled properly and professionally. It is important to have a professional come in to remediate the source of the mold and any underlying issues such as water damage that could be causing the mold growth. Paint can be used after the mold has been addressed to cover any residual stains.

wet wall whiteWhy Can’t I Just Paint Over the Mold?

Mold is dangerous to your health and the health of your family. If you have an area larger than 10 feet affected by mold, you will need a professional to help you remediate the mold prior to painting. There are no exceptions to the rule of remediating mold before you can paint.
Mold can present dangers to you and those living in your home, so it is crucial to hire a professional who specializes in mold remediation to resolve the problem for you. They will be able to find the source of the excess moisture that is causing mold growth and help you remove the mold to create a safe space for painting.

When Can I Start Painting?

Once the mold removal company has verified that they have remediated the mold and have also taken care of the root of the mold problem, you can start painting. If you plan to handle the painting yourself, it is recommended that you prime any of the affected walls with a mold and mildew resistant primer and then use a mold-resistant paint.

Mold-resistant paint should not be used in an area that still has mold. However, it is perfectly safe for an area that has been remediated.

Hiring a Professional Painter After Mold Removal

Mold removal can be dangerous, and knowing that your home is affected by mold can be a frustrating and stressful experience. Once you’ve had the mold professionally remediated, let the experts at MasterBrush painting handle the rest of the work! We provide painting services to Pittsburgh homes that have been affected by mold and are dedicated to providing a high-quality, long-lasting paint job. Contact us today to learn more!

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