Long story short, I have a 16 sq ft area of toxic black mold on both inside
surfaces of a sheetrock wall, with no evidence of mold on the exterior
surface. The moisture source has been eliminated and the mold is now
dormant. If I ignore it and seal the wall, do I have anything to worry
Mold is a _serious_ health hazard that can cause many problems. Some
people are allergic to it. It also has that unique smell that even a
patched out job cannot hide. If I lived in that place, I would
certainly replace the drywall and disinfect/clean the wood studs as
required. Not very costly to avoid many problems down the road...
Mold on inside surfaces is in 99% of cases caused by internal air
humidity coming in contact with cold surfaces. Apart from the
temperature of the wall in question (you mention -outside surfaces!)
has little bearing on the problem. I.E Get into your motor on a cold
morning and sit there for a few minutes or so before you switch on the
engine? Result? Humidity, condensation on the Inside of the windows
but no change to the outside surfaces? Buildup of internal air
humidity caused by? you! Now if you were also to boil some water in
OP is obviously aware of the hazard and even posted it on the net.....
better to fix it now, and while you at it insulate if its a exterior
otherwise at home resale time you will HAVE to disclose it, or lie and
if you get caught pay a high priced mold mitagation firm to fix a
house you dont even own......
drywall is cheap.......... fix it now, spray bleach on everything that
On Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:58:51 -0800 (PST), " email@example.com"
A neighbor sold and moved. He had repaired a leak in the garage from a
water heater. Some moving boxes were stacked in this area, along the
wall during the home inspection.
The inspector found damage in the adjacent room and then went on the
hunt for the mold/damage. pulled the boxes away and found the problem.
Had the real estate agent known of this problem, in the first place
they could have saved tons of money. The sell was delayed until
complete mitigation of the mold and all reports returned.
The owner never told the agent, so because of all the mess it had to
a neighbors sewer line was bad, and wasnt disclosed even though
plumbers had been out.
new owner had troubles, happened to call a plumber who had been out
for old owner.........
old owner got sued, 10 grand for new sewer line, 5 grand to replace
wall and driveway and yard restoration, 5 grand for legal fees
old owner could of done job for fraction of cost. new owner didnt
care, even got one nite paid in hotel room while project was going on.
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