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sullymeishadomi posted 6/9/2013 20:16 PM

Ceiling: bad paint job. The ceiling above the tub shallow is getting spots of black mold. Coworker said wash with amonia then use kilz. Is this correct. And what type of paint will repell water so it doesnt mold?

As for color its white but a dark color resembling black is coming through. The floor is white with dark grey patter so I was thinking a very light grey or silver color. Opinions?

Toilet: when we moved in, the toilet sucked so hard we had to stand back for fear it would suck us in too

Now we have to hold down the handle AND the suck is so so. When I went to home depot they had bits and pieces of guts. Do I need to replace the whole inside. What would return the forceable flush?


aesir posted 6/9/2013 20:49 PM

As for the toilet, there may be some buildup in the trap that reduces the flow down the drain.

sadtoo posted 6/9/2013 21:19 PM

Black mold can be dangerous.

This could be coming from the other side of the sheetrock. The "black color coming through" makes me concerned that you may have a much bigger problem than a little bathroom mildew.

You need to find out what's on the other side of that sheetrock.

Amazonia posted 6/9/2013 22:38 PM

Sully your landlord should take care of the mold. That's a health hazard.

[This message edited by Amazonia at 10:38 PM, June 9th (Sunday)]

Dreamboat posted 6/9/2013 22:42 PM

I had some major issues with mildew in my basement a couple of years ago. My contractor advised me to buy a cheap pressure sprayer from the lawn and garden department of Home Depot(about 2-3 gallon with a pump handle to build up pressure with a slim nozzle sprayer) I filled it with a solution of about 3/4 bleach and 1/4 water. Then I sprayed it on the affected areas 2 days in a row.

If you do this, you MUST wear gloves and a mask and cover your hair and skin. Also, do not plan to use the bathroom for at least 8 hours after you spray because bleach is a toxic solution.

After the mildew was gone and the bleach was dry, I just painted with regular paint and I have not had a problem since. However, I also fixed the source of the moisture that cause the mildew in the first place. I think there is mildew resistant paint you can buy but it is expensive. Since it is a small area and your probably only need a gallon then it might be worth it for you.

I have no advice on the toilet. I tried to fix a running toilet and it turned into a 3-strikes (i.e., I tried 3 different times...) and I was out big fail. I had to get the contractor to fix it for me.

Amazonia posted 6/9/2013 22:45 PM

Sully is the bathroom properly ventilated? Is there a fan? I had mold that grew over our shower in one of my college apartments because the fan was crap and the bathroom was always humid from four girls taking showers in one bathroom every day.

[This message edited by Amazonia at 10:45 PM, June 9th (Sunday)]

sullymeishadomi posted 6/10/2013 05:08 AM

The shower/tub is one of those that are one piece. No tile involved. There is a fan above the shower. Old. Doesnt work. About a foot and a half away is another newer fan. Sort of works Whoever put that one in did a horrible patch job.

Problem is the water from the shower splats up and causes mold. The ceiling above the shower does look disfigured. Sheet rock probably needs replacing ugh! Ic I hired my coworker its a one day job. Landlady hires anyone else, its a two day job

sullymeishadomi posted 6/10/2013 05:12 AM

As for the toilet going to try the thing that is similar to a snake. I think the hardware also has stuff that disolves paper and wipes. I have a feeling its the wipes. I no longer buy them bc both boys (adult and kid) threw them in the toilet when I told them throw them in the trash

Have issues with the handle, tho

sadtoo posted 6/10/2013 07:47 AM

If you do replace the drywall, make sure to prepare the surface properly. Put down a coat of Kilz as a water sealent and then paint with at least an egg-shell finish paint. Also have a new fan installed.

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