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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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mold at camp

I'm sure someone out there has had this problem
Just built a camp using fresh cut lumber (Amish built)
Was up past weekend and noticed some mold or mildew on some of the walls.we sprayed with bleach.
Wondering if there's anything out there I could use to eliminate this problem before I put the insulation up?
It has 4 windows and 2 doors downstairs and 3 windows in the loft but still seems kinda dark inside which might be causing my problem.with only generators for electric I can't leave fans running while no one is there.left windows cracked a bit but not enough air is moving.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 09:52 AM
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Re: mold at camp

Most likely you are going to have this problem forever or at the very least until you get your wood dried out. Sun and air are key which are two issues (temperature and humidity) that are very hard to control at a hunting camp especially one without electricity. Use a dehumidifier when you are up to draw out the moisture in wood and keep the windows open for air movement and keep blinds drawn to allow sunlight in. Absolutely do not insulate until you have the wood dried or as Im sure you are aware, the insulation will act as a sponge and become a mold farm. Do you have proper venting in the camp (ridge vents, soffit...)? Once you get to a point where your wood is dry and mold is more so under control you can try using large desiccants bags to help with any moisture issues you may have.
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Re: mold at camp

Boracare Mold formula. Guaranteed to kill the spore forever. Easiest and cheapest to order it online. About $150 for the jug, but money well spent.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-22-2014, 11:47 AM
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Use a dehumidifier when you are up to draw out the moisture in wood and keep the windows open for air movement and keep blinds drawn to allow sunlight in. Ab
If windows are open when the dehumidifier is on, it defeats the purpose of the dehumidifier, as you are allowing humid air into the cabin. Close all windows and doors when running the unit and open when unit is off.

If it gets too warm with the unit running you could use fans to help cool the cabin.

Btw, if trees are shading your camp you might want to cut down some trees to give more sun exposure.

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Re: mold at camp

I would not leave windows open or cracked. I would think that is allowing humidity in the camp. I leave a fan running in my wet unfinished basement all summer w/o any problems.
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That's good when he is there but he can't leave fans on when not there.

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That timber is going to be wet for a long time. Can you treat it and hold off for a year before drywall to be safe. You don't want to be breathing that stuff every time you are up there.

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That's good when he is there but he can't leave fans on when not there.
Yea I missed the part about the generator...
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Re: mold at camp

Guess I'll treat it and have to hold off to putting up insulation later this year.but it will be insulated before winter and probably do the wood interior next spring.hoping wood stove helps dry out the lumber some between now and next spring.just have to use fans and keep airing out.maybe just have to spend more time up there I'm sure the wife won't mind

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Sun light and moving air are the natural enemies of mold'n mildew.

Maybe clear some trees/branches for the sun light part and perhaps a solar panel/fan combo for the moving air portion?

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