Mold from a Roof Leak
We had a leak in our roof, and now I canít seem to get rid of the mold.
Iíve shared this problem, and it isnít fun. First, of course, besides
getting the roof fixed, you should consult with a professional to ascertain
what sort of water damage you have behind the ceiling and walls. But,
whatever the case, I have three materials in my arsenal for mold, and using
one of these on the mold you can see will help a lot.
Tea tree oil, an
essential oil found in health food stores, is a broad spectrum fungicide, and
is absolutely fantastic for removing mold and mildew. The problem is that it
has a strong smell that some people donít like, although few are actually
sensitive to it. Put one teaspoon of the tea tree oil and two cups of water
into a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on the mold. Donít rinse. The
smell will dissipate in a few days.
Three percent hydrogen peroxide can be
used for an odorless spray. Place equal parts water and 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide (available in pharmacies) in a spray bottle; donít rinse after
youíve sprayed the mixture on the mold.
The third option is to scrub the area
with a borax and water paste, let set until the borax is dry, and then dust
off the borax.