I special order 15 pressure treated wood fence panels from local Home
Depot. The contractor shipped and installed them to my back yard just
10 days ago. I found out there are black mold all over 15 panels, some
more some less.
I went back to customer service, they told me pressure treated wood
won't get mold, and is mold resistant. I called and complain to HD. The
manager told me that is normal with "minor" mold. I called Lowes and
they told me it is rare at all. (I did not tell the Lowe's guy where I
get fences from.)
I am stuck here. What should I do? I don't want to use bleach to kill my
fruit trees next to fences. HD refuse do anything except telling me to
get a bucket of solution to wash them off. The fences came here new
with lots of black mold!!
So my question is here, it that common for molding on pressure treated
wood? What should I do for those errors HD made and the molding problem
I have on the back yard? Thanks
Take photos and show them along with your HD receipt and the
contractor's receipt to the HD store manager and get whatever
satisfaction you can. I don't suppose you want to remove and return
the fence boards. Maybe HD can give you a can of anti-mold paint or
If you didn't actually see the black mold before the contractor
installed the fences, I'd even go a little stronger than the above
suggestion. When you said "HD refuse to do anything..."
what did you mean? Usually contacting Customer Service will get you
exactly zilch. Same with store manager. That's why people on this NG
including moi are so negative about dealing with HD
If you have it in writing that they refuse (do you?), I'd write to
the corporate office -- CEO or President. Send Certified Mail,
Return Receipt,and include copy of HD's refusal.
If you don't yet have it in writing, send the same kind of (polite)
demand letter to the HD contact who blew you off. If they don't
answer in writing, send copies of the Certified post office receipt
with your letter to the CEO of HD.
All this said in total ignorance of the world of treated wood.
Does "pressure treated" wood have chemicals injected into it?
I have heard that the stuff they use on "treated wood" which people
use to build raised beds can leach into vegetables . T/F?
So maybe the mold isn't the worst of your problems.
I spot the mold right after the contractor installed the fences. I even
send mold pictures to assistant store manager. He told me they (HD) can
only give me some kind of "a bucket of solution" to clean up the mold.
I am not happy with that answer. I think HD should do a better quality
control. Sell black mold fence panels at brand new price sounds crime to
What is your concern .. appearance or condition of the wood? If
appearance, clean it. Mildew won't hurt it. It is intended to be used
outdoors, and mildew is a normal outdoor condition, more so in
Most fencing material and lumber is stored outdoors. Your "new" lumber
could easily arrive infested with termites. PT is rot resistant, but
that doesn't mean it will not eventually rot. Same for termites.
Were you present when the fence was built? If so, why did you not
object then? If not, a bad idea.
Here in Florida, anything that sits outdoors for a day will either rust
or get mildewy. If they are in the sun, sun will kill it. If not, wash
with 10% bleach/water. Rinse. If the trees touch the fence, just tie
up branches before you wash the fence or cover with tarp. Rinse all
with clear water. Don't cover vegetation with tarps during the hottest
part of the day or they will be burnt. Old pantyhose or cloth strips
make great ties for plants. Don't know how bleach will affect the PT
chemical....works great on painted stucco.
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