I am looking at purchasing a new home. The home seem to be in good
condition but the ceilings had large water stains (not one room but
over 50% of the ceiling surface in the entire house). The realtor said
the stains are from previous roof leaks that were bad but a new tile
roof has been installed in the last year and later the owner who is an
elderly had to go to a nursing home that is why the home is for sale.
He said the ceilings will have to come down and be replaced.
My question is if the previous water leaks cause stains (and in some
spots the ceiling actually dipped in some places presumably due to the
weight of the water leak. It must have been pretty bad leaks - not
drip drip drip leaks but puddles of water leak.
I don't mind to replace all the ceilings - popcorn I don't like
anyways. What I don't want to do is to get into a contract and then
find out that there is a serious mold problem. What is the likelyhood
that I will have a serious mold problem to content with other than
replacing ceilings? If I do have mold problems, than we are talking
about replacing all attic insulation (which after getting wet is
probably useless anyways) and treating all roof structural and
non-structual wood members right? and may be all the AC ducts that are
in the attic? That would be serious serious money.
With this information, is there a way to do a "best" educated "guess"
as to whether I will have a serious mold problem?
Location is of course humid, hurricane prone, Miami Florida...
Thanks in advance,