Wall makeover

I have an add on room that has seen better days. It's single brick and the internal wall have been painted. The problem is the walls are getting moldy and I can't afford to tear the room down and rebuild it. So I was thinking after the walls have been rid of the mold, I could use something like polystyrene panels to put a barrier between those old walls and me. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks Maria
q wall make over, concrete masonry, home improvement, home maintenance repairs
  13 answers
  • Mall Mall on Mar 18, 2015
    I had a similar problem in my downstairs toilet, so I got some sealer to put on the walls to keep the mold out, ask in diy shop, mine was white colored water like and I was not very convinced when I put it on the walls but it did they job, the walls are now mold free and as it is white color there is no need to paint it again. Where as before I use to wash it of and it would be back in less than a months time
  • Mandy Brown Mandy Brown on Mar 18, 2015
    Try UGL Drylok Masonry Sealer. Make sure you have good ventilation and the wall is free of mold/mildew when you put it on.
  • Ellen Doss Ellen Doss on Mar 18, 2015
    We had water and mold in our basement and used a sealer on it also, no more water and mold. You don't want to just cover it up and leave the mold to grow! This could make your whole family sick! Good luck!
  • Michele Michele on Mar 18, 2015
    Polystyrene tiles are a fire hazard and succumb to mould. Ideally, a professional re plastering job and reasonably priced paneling with batons fixed over the top. It is possible to add Eco friendly insulation behind the panels. Alternatively, the area could be tiled. Either of these alternatives are easily maintained.
  • Me Me on Mar 18, 2015
    After you're done with cleaning, maybe invest in a fan. One which is quiet and can be used periodically to rid that room of moisture. Probably run about the same amount you would've spent on panels.
  • Jea1141438 Jea1141438 on Mar 18, 2015
    Install a dehumidifier and if possible you can drain it continuous or purchase one with a large capacity tank. If you can install it with a continuous draining would be best. There is a new product that is a fogger, I have not used it yet but it is worth doing some research on it, it kills mildew and works like a bug fogger.
  • Carol Carol on Mar 18, 2015
    Looks like you need to do some caulking on the outside of this window to stop the leakage. I believe clorox mixed with tsp can get rid of mold. Paint the walls to look like stone or brick.
  • Joe Howell Joe Howell on Mar 18, 2015
    Mold grows where there is moisture. Sealing and caulking the outside of the window should fix the problem
  • Ya you should be able to stop that mold in some way. Either sealing the door better, or you may have to divert your downspouts and install a french drain to keep water away from your home. I don't know the source of the problem but you can probably stop that moisture without breaking the bank.
  • Linda Linda on Mar 18, 2015
    It is mold. I forget what we used . I know Home Depot carries it. You have to get rid of it. It will spread. It is unhealthy . All this is speaking from our own experience
  • Cyndee Kuziela Cyndee Kuziela on Mar 18, 2015
    Oxygen bleach is a much safer solution on concrete. I agree a sealer will help
  • Maria Maria on Mar 19, 2015
    Thankyou everone. It's now time to get work and fix it.
  • Mall Mall on Mar 20, 2015
    Good luck hope it works out for you )