LESLIE: Now we’ve got Julia calling in from Brigantine, New Jersey looking for a green product for mold. How can we help you today?
JULIA: Yes. I would like to know what you have – anything of a green product for mold and mildew?
TOM: Yeah, where are you trying to get rid of the mold and mildew? Are we talking about inside the house or outside the house?
JULIA: Inside the house. Inside the garage area.
TOM: You said it’s in an open garage?
JULIA: Yes, it’s a double-car garage and in between both garages, we have two walk-in closets.
JULIA: And the walls there, they don’t have insulation between them but they’re a hollow wall. But I wanted a green – something that’s environmentally friendly.
TOM: OK. So those walls are developing mold? Is that what your concern is?
JULIA: I’m concerned they’re going to develop mold, because we were in the flood – Sandy, Hurricane Sandy.
TOM: So, the best thing for you to apply there is a diluted bleach solution. Now, if you don’t want to do that, you could purchase a different type of mildicide and there are some green mildicides that are available.
JULIA: What are the names of them? I’ve already done the bleach.
TOM: You did bleach? Well, then, why do you need to do anything else?
JULIA: Well, I don’t want any mold to come back or anything and I just figure I need some …
TOM: Well, listen, here’s the thing. Mold is going to grow if you’ve got moisture above 25 percent, you’ve got air and you’ve got a food source. That’s what makes mold grow.
So, in these closets, if they’ve been dried out as much as possible and they’ve been treated with a bleach solution, you’ve really accomplished your task. Should you monitor them over time? Yes, you absolutely should. And if you start to see any additional mold form, you can spray them again. I don’t think you need to do anything beyond that.
JULIA: Well, can you give me the name of some products in case I do need it? Because we’ve done that.
TOM: Well, one product that you want to look into is a product called Wet & Forget. It’s a moss, mold, mildew and algae remover. There’s distributors all across the country. If you go to WetAndForget.com, you can find a retailer right near you. There’s a store locator right at the top of the page.
JULIA: Oh, alright. That’s great.
TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.