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mtnfeist 03-14-2008 08:35 PM

Buy a house with visible mold?
 
The basement has visible mold in a couple areas (links to pictures below). I've searched on some websites for costs for remediation, but haven't come up with much. The house is a foreclosure, so it's doubtful we'll be able to request it be fixed before purchase.

Does this look like something that can be dealt with somewhat reasonably, or should we be running away?

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8dd35b3127cceb663f013626600000026100BYt2LFo0bsc

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b8dd35b3127cceb663f004e34100000025100BYt2LFo0bsc

Thanks for your feedback!

inspectorD 03-14-2008 09:43 PM

Ruuuunnnnn
 
Just kidding. Get a home inspection...then clean the mold with lots of ventilation, and bleach. And find out why there is water in the basement.
Then check out all we have on mold issues in the various posts.
Try www.ashi.com for an inspector, good group of folks.
Then have an informed decision, not a bunch of wild guesses.:D

thebobo 03-16-2008 09:39 AM

I had a mold problem that looked exactly the same as in this house. The easy fixes of correcting grading and extending downspouts didn't help. It turned out the foundation damp proofing had completely failed, and required digging up the perimeter of the foundation to apply a new one.

southernelitecrete 03-16-2008 04:10 PM

i doubt the dampproofing fail'd if install'd correctly as its only an asphalt emulsion, anyway - it wasn't waterproof'd, tho,,, dampproofing's only a few mils thick.

DiyDave 03-27-2008 09:51 AM

Sometimes a mould problem is just due to improper (or lack of) maintenance, in my experience. Often once you clean the mould off and get the area properly ventilated the problem doesn't come back. I would still make sure it is checked by a professional though.

cibula11 03-28-2008 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thebobo (Post 16941)
I had a mold problem that looked exactly the same as in this house. The easy fixes of correcting grading and extending downspouts didn't help. It turned out the foundation damp proofing had completely failed, and required digging up the perimeter of the foundation to apply a new one.



Agreed.

This doesn't look that serious. You could totally go forward with the inspection and purchase. I would make sure that you figure out how the water is getting back inside. Downspouts, grade, etc.

Square Eye 03-28-2008 04:01 PM

Again, Check for steam and condensation problems. A dryer vented under a floor or into an attic can ruin a home. Check for plumbing leaks, a faulty water heater, lack of insulation, anything that could cause moisture to collect.

fred333 04-30-2008 09:06 AM

I would look to get a nice cleaning and maybe look for opportunities to reseal.


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