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abmann
abmann
    Things that are awesome
  1. Clean house.
  2. Eyes not itching from all the freakin' cat hair.
  3. Low humidity.
  4. Mass Effect.
  5. Getting up early.
    Things that are not awesome:
  1. Finding a little water damage near the den flooring.
  2. Finding mold in the den near said water damage and basement
  3. Inferring that all the ground water from the rain leaked in.
  4. Inferring that there is likely a leak in the den that caused said mold.
  5. Not knowing how to properly pull up flooring (yet)

So, cleaning the whole house is how we found the mold in the den which led me on a search in the basement to find a few other spots. There's no obvious moisture in the basement s I can likely solve the problems there with a dehumidifier. The one in the den near the apparent water damage is more troubling as it is on the far side of the flooring; thus, I'll have to remove all of the flooring to get ti it (unless I can peel up a few lengths by just removing the trim). On the plus side, we have extra lengths in storage from the previous owners so I can replace the bad ones. And.. sorta good is they never tacked down the area where the carpet and flooring meet so it'll be easy to disassemble the whole thing.

Now.. let's just hope it doesn't rain like crazy this week and make everything worse.

Also - remember to bleach the fuck out of everything again tonight.

Also also - any recommendations on HOW to deal with these issues would be greatly appreciated. I'm really just guessing on everything above as I have no experience in the matter.

Current Mood: worried worried

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tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: July 12th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you snap some pictures of the area in question - the colour of the mould is also important.

In the meantime, if you have a box fan or anything in your house it would be a good idea to start airing it out as much as you can now.

I dealt with Massive Mould Attack in my bathroom earlier this year. It was disgusting.

I also found some stuff at Lowe's, in the aisle where they keep bleach, that is a mould killer..... it's a big bucket with a spray nozzle, and I do believe it was made by Clorox. I'd check the name of it but I left it at the Old House.. it's meant for decks and the like. KILLS EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. Was far more effective than straight up bleach.

The key is to make things DRY before killing them, otherwise you're just killing the top layer and the underside (the wet parts) become more resistant. Basically.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 12th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The stuff in the den was white and fuzzy. The stuff in the basement was green-ish and was only on the drywall in a band about 4-6 inches from the floor.

I am sorta concerned that the dry wall in the basement is rotting. I'll investigate further this week.

If anything survived my bleach blitz yesterday, I'll seek more stuff but I'm keeping an eye over the next couple of days as I start pulling up the boards.

I guess this will be an interesting way to learn how to install flooring....
quincidence From: quincidence Date: July 12th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
This may not have been how you were thinking... but if they had extra flooring, was this a reoccurring issue that was not disclosed upon purchase of the house. If so, is there something in the house buying (a clause or something) that might allow for a professional to be paid by the seller...
I had a similar issue when I bought a house, and the seller's (seller savings account) for the first 6 months of the house being sold.... "in case anything wasn't disclosed....
Yeah they had to put money in an account to show good faith.. and thus you may not have that protection, but no harm in checking out if you did... and then without them disclosing this... this might have a professional and permanent fix available to you.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 12th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
How would I be able to prove it was a recurring issue?
quincidence From: quincidence Date: July 12th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not sure exactly, but if there flooring was surplus, doesn't that make you a little suspicious?

Also, if it was claimed on insurance before, they should have had to disclose this issue.
This would be something to discuss with an attorney or your real estate agent.
There are rules about disclosure - and the extra floor boards, "left for you" tells me check into it.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 12th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing is, they left extras of EVERYTHING... they were do-it-yourselfers and there's extra paint, extra flooring for I think ALL the floors, extra carpet, extra drywall, extra ceiling tiles... I think they just had extras around.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: July 12th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah. okay. Then I apologize for my cynical side and recind my suspicion, some.
They might have been do it yourselfers... and still, look into the house warranty of sale.
There are some projects that require permits. They probably got them... but still.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: July 12th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
True... It'll be good to look.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: July 12th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depending on the amount on your drywall, you may need new drywall. Stuff comes back on most drywall pretty easily. (There are some kinds of drywall that are made to resist the advances of mold.)

And if you're doing flooring, I have a very little bit of experience that might be useful, depending on the kind of flooring.

Make sure to fix the underlying issue or you'll just be fixing this again and again, which sucks.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 13th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I may have to enlist you this weekend if I can't get it together.

Fox and I are gonna pull all the crap out of the closet with the mold and spray it down this week as well. BLEACH.
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: July 13th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
If it's something I know about, I'd be happy to help.

If it's not, well, it's not my house, so I'd still be happy to help :-P
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: July 12th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
What kind of flooring is it that needs to be pulled up?

Also, drywall is basically a thick layer of chalk pressed between two sheets of paper. It's very porous and easy for mold to live all the way inside it if it's gotten beyond the paper. Thankfully, it's not too hard to just cut out the damaged patch and patch another piece in its place, especially if you have extra paint. If anything comes back, I'd say replace that piece of drywall and for sure keep a dehumidifer running.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 13th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
It's laminate wood.

I will be watching that friggin' wall like a hawk. A bleachy hawk. How you, Helen of Troy?
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: July 13th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. If I recall from my days selling and then specing the stuff, you should be able to pull up the trim, carefully, and pry up the board closest to the wall, then pull boards out one at a time if it's the interlocking stuff that doesn't get individually nailed or stapled down. Usually requires a bit of a lift and wiggle at a fun angle to get the boards to pop apart - you might be able to practice at the displays at the local home despot.
abmann From: abmann Date: July 13th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
My puzzle geek just got a boner. ;)
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: July 13th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoo-hoo boner success!!
abmann From: abmann Date: July 13th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
The comment that launch a thousand hard ons?
labelle77 From: labelle77 Date: July 13th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
it's my trojan army standing at attention?
abmann From: abmann Date: July 13th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
That would be a scary phalanx. Or sexy, depending on your perspective.
tener_duende From: tener_duende Date: July 13th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would just like to also say woohoo to Mass Effect. The sequel is a richer experience having played the first one through, since your actions in the first game have repercussions in the second.
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