LESLIE: Now we’re going to Arkansas where Deborah is on the line thinking there might be some mold at her money pit. Tell us what you’re seeing.
DEBORAH: The last rain that we had, water got in one of my bedrooms. And once the water got in, I noticed that there were black spots on it, which was mold that was on there. And I was just inquiring about should I get someone to come out and clean it or if I would be able to clean that myself.
TOM: Have you fixed the leak yet, Deborah?
DEBORAH: No. I have not fixed that.
TOM: OK. So the first thing you need to do is find and fix the leak. Because if you don’t fix the leak, it’s just going to come back over and over and over again. So do that, first off.
Secondly, with respect to cleaning the mold, I would spray a bleach-and-water solution on that, about one-third bleach, two-thirds water. Protect the surrounding area so you don’t stain the carpet or the furniture or anything like that. Let it sit for a good 15 or 20 minutes and then you can clean it up after that – rinse it off and clean off the wall after that. And I’d spray a product called Wet & Forget over that, which will leave sort of a residue behind that will stop any future mold from growing.
But there’s no sense doing all that if you still have a leak, because that leak’s going to cause the mold to keep growing. So fix the leak first, then get rid of the mold after that. OK, Deb?
DEBORAH: OK. Alright. Thank you. Appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project.