A ByebyeMold client asks:
Mold is behind one piece of sheet rock from a window seal leak. The seal was repaired. An inspector said the mold was dead, no longer growing, and a non toxic variety. Can he just paint over the wall without removing the Sheetrock?
Certainly he can just paint over the wall, but that isn’t necessarily the best option. How experienced was the inspector? Were they hired by a landlord to keep costs low or affiliated with a renovation company trying to bring in work? These are factors that matter.
You don’t want to find out the hard way that the mold is viable if the leak reoccurs and the mold starts growing again. If it were my window, I’d replace the drywall if the degree of mold damage were significant. If the mold was superficial, then replacement is an unnecessary expense.
Frankly, this is one of those assessments that we’d have to see and/or test to be able to give a definitive answer.
If you’re in California, you might want to give us a call and see about getting an assessment from Byebyemold.