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condoowner 05-20-2013 12:50 PM

Possible mold problems??
 
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Hello,

I am currently repainting my bedroom, and I was surprised to see the Zinsser Bin peeling off from the lower corner of the window frame. I applied a second coat but same thing. Grey-ish spots also appeared thru.

I then decided to investigate further and touching the corner it felt humid. I decided to drill a small hole but past the first 32nd of an inch, it was much softer, not quite like mush but softer than the surrounding wood.

Not long after I decided to open the corner (not sure if this was a good idea) and the wood I puled from the hole was wet!

There is water infiltration somewhere but where??

My uncle just went through a nightmare with mold growth in his basement, and as a result, he had half of the house stripped down and rebuilt. He had $70k of damage.

Im extremely concerned and I know nothing about the way windows are built and installed. Can the whole wall be in need of stripping down????

Anynbody with opinions are more than welcome to share... Im very anxious to see what people here think...
Thanks!

EDIT: please note that I tore apart the wood, thats why you see chips and chunks laying around like that.


condoowner 05-20-2013 12:50 PM

Possible mold problems??
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hello,

I am currently repainting my bedroom, and I was surprised to see the Zinsser Bin peeling off from the lower corner of the window frame. I applied a second coat but same thing. Grey-ish spots also appeared thru.

I then decided to investigate further and touching the corner it felt humid. I decided to drill a small hole but past the first 32nd of an inch, it was much softer, not quite like mush but softer than the surrounding wood.

Not long after I decided to open the corner (not sure if this was a good idea) and the wood I puled from the hole was wet!

There is water infiltration somewhere but where??

My uncle just went through a nightmare with mold growth in his basement, and as a result, he had half of the house stripped down and rebuilt. He had $70k of damage.

Im extremely concerned and I know nothing about the way windows are built and installed. Can the whole wall be in need of stripping down????

Anynbody with opinions are more than welcome to share... Im very anxious to see what people here think...
Thanks!

EDIT: please note that I tore apart the wood, thats why you see chips and chunks laying around like that.


condoowner 05-20-2013 12:50 PM

Possible mold problems??
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hello,

I am currently repainting my bedroom, and I was surprised to see the Zinsser Bin peeling off from the lower corner of the window frame. I applied a second coat but same thing. Grey-ish spots also appeared thru.

I then decided to investigate further and touching the corner it felt humid. I decided to drill a small hole but past the first 32nd of an inch, it was much softer, not quite like mush but softer than the surrounding wood.

Not long after I decided to open the corner (not sure if this was a good idea) and the wood I puled from the hole was wet!

There is water infiltration somewhere but where??

My uncle just went through a nightmare with mold growth in his basement, and as a result, he had half of the house stripped down and rebuilt. He had $70k of damage.

Im extremely concerned and I know nothing about the way windows are built and installed. Can the whole wall be in need of stripping down????

Anynbody with opinions are more than welcome to share... Im very anxious to see what people here think...
Thanks!

EDIT: please note that I tore apart the wood, thats why you see chips and chunks laying around like that.


condoowner 05-20-2013 12:50 PM

Possible mold problems??
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hello,

I am currently repainting my bedroom, and I was surprised to see the Zinsser Bin peeling off from the lower corner of the window frame. I applied a second coat but same thing. Grey-ish spots also appeared thru.

I then decided to investigate further and touching the corner it felt humid. I decided to drill a small hole but past the first 32nd of an inch, it was much softer, not quite like mush but softer than the surrounding wood.

Not long after I decided to open the corner (not sure if this was a good idea) and the wood I puled from the hole was wet!

There is water infiltration somewhere but where??

My uncle just went through a nightmare with mold growth in his basement, and as a result, he had half of the house stripped down and rebuilt. He had $70k of damage.

Im extremely concerned and I know nothing about the way windows are built and installed. Can the whole wall be in need of stripping down????

Anynbody with opinions are more than welcome to share... Im very anxious to see what people here think...
Thanks!

EDIT: please note that I tore apart the wood, thats why you see chips and chunks laying around like that.


condoowner 05-23-2013 08:34 PM

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Thanks nealtw for replying.

The building here is 8 years old. Talking to the strata, they never re-caulked the windows and doors, and I was under the impression that caulk had to be replaced (or re-pointed) about every 5 to 6 years. If true, then ours is overdue. When I purchased this condo, the home inspector mentioned that caulking should be inspected periodically and replaced or re-pointed if needed but did not mention that it had to be redone right away. I just looked at it, and nowhere I can see it peeling off or cracking. Its still soft and flexible like silicon caulk.

That being said, there is definitely a problem here with my window. The original builder is coming either tomorrow or Monday to look at the issue. In the meantime, I have removed the window trim and enlarged the gap between the window sill (wood that I punched thru) and the drywall. I can see the vapor barrier edge but nothing else.

I really curious to see the wall's inside when the guy comes in. I certainly hope this is a new leak and that no real severe damage has happened. I put some more caulk outside where the "possible" failure of the caulk could have happened. Since sunday, the hole has been kept open and left to dry. Now its almost dry. Ive drilled a second hole about 4 inches away from the first one and it was completely dry. About 2 feet on the left of the wet spot, theres the electrical main which is enclosed in a small "closet" style enclosure which exposes the vapor barrier and the studs. All is fine there. So I imagine that if there are any damage, its confined to a 3ft portion of the wall...

I read about this "leaky condo syndrome" on the internet. First time I heard about it. Its scary and owners are completely left on their own.


condoowner 05-23-2013 08:34 PM

2 Attachment(s)

Thanks nealtw for replying.

The building here is 8 years old. Talking to the strata, they never re-caulked the windows and doors, and I was under the impression that caulk had to be replaced (or re-pointed) about every 5 to 6 years. If true, then ours is overdue. When I purchased this condo, the home inspector mentioned that caulking should be inspected periodically and replaced or re-pointed if needed but did not mention that it had to be redone right away. I just looked at it, and nowhere I can see it peeling off or cracking. Its still soft and flexible like silicon caulk.

That being said, there is definitely a problem here with my window. The original builder is coming either tomorrow or Monday to look at the issue. In the meantime, I have removed the window trim and enlarged the gap between the window sill (wood that I punched thru) and the drywall. I can see the vapor barrier edge but nothing else.

I really curious to see the wall's inside when the guy comes in. I certainly hope this is a new leak and that no real severe damage has happened. I put some more caulk outside where the "possible" failure of the caulk could have happened. Since sunday, the hole has been kept open and left to dry. Now its almost dry. Ive drilled a second hole about 4 inches away from the first one and it was completely dry. About 2 feet on the left of the wet spot, theres the electrical main which is enclosed in a small "closet" style enclosure which exposes the vapor barrier and the studs. All is fine there. So I imagine that if there are any damage, its confined to a 3ft portion of the wall...

I read about this "leaky condo syndrome" on the internet. First time I heard about it. Its scary and owners are completely left on their own.



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