What Happens If You Paint Over Mold?

painting over mold is not a good ideaFrom black mold to mildew, no mold problem looks pretty. Green, black, and even brown spots can gross you out, and ruin your room’s looks. Many homeowners are tempted to simply break out a can of paint and cover the problem up. Unfortunately, this doesn’t keep the mold covered for very long.

The mold isn’t a stain. Instead, it’s a living thing, embedded in your drywall. Plus, it causes chemical reactions with paint that changes the color of the paint. When you wipe off the top layer of mold with a cloth, you’ll notice that it seems to have sunk into the drywall. The mold and spores there will re-grow and spread, and if you cover them with thick paint, they will just eat the paint.

What About Mold Resistant Paint?

New mold resistant paint has hit the home stores. But, why isn’t it called mold proof paint? Well, because the manufacturers of these paints know that no paint will keep mold covered forever. Hours, days, or weeks later, the mold will re-appear.

The best use for mold resistant paint is to coat healthy, uninfected drywall. This high-acidity layer of paint can help you keep mold from developing. You’ll also need to clean and dehumidify a space that is vulnerable to mold. Still, if mold has already developed, the paint can’t remove it from drywall or kill the spores underneath.

Health & Liability Issues

Mold exposure can cause health problems, especially for those who have preexisting respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies, pneumonia and chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder (COPD). New research suggests that mildew exposure may increase the likelihood a child develops asthma.

Black mold may even be toxigenic. Toxigenic molds can, though rarely, cause very serious health issues and even death. That’s why it’s important to have mold managed by professionals, who can identify the type of mold your property has been infected with.

If you’re a landlord or property manager, painting over mold without addressing the cause may open you up to liability. A tenant can argue that you put their health at risk by not resolving the mold. Plus, if you get the mold resolved properly, you’ll spend less time answering tenant concerns, painting and re-painting, and running a dehumidifier. Long-term mold solutions are more cost-effective than painting over mold in the long run.

Professional Mold Remediation

Instead of painting over your mildew, black mold, or any other kind of mold, it’s best to get professionals to resolve the root of the problem. Professionals can:

  • Identify the type of mold you’re dealing with
  • Replace and restore infected drywall and other surfaces
  • Properly clean the mold

Professionals should have many solutions you can choose from.

A coat of paint will be needed on the new drywall, but mold professionals will address the core of the mold problem. They may do this by:

  • Removing humidity
  • Cleaning up spores
  • Resolving water damage
  • Removing moisture soaked drywall and other surfaces
  • Recommending other changes

Overall, calling a professional mold removal company instead of painting over mold will save you money and limit any harm the mold might cause you or your tenants.