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Old 07-09-2015, 09:45 PM  
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Default Well hell, is this mold?

We have a bathroom in our basement which gets very little use. Haven't been in it for a few weeks and found this tonight. (See photo.)

It has been raining heavy the last couple weeks, but there are no known water leaks or moisture issues. My questions:

1) is this mold or mildew?
2) best way to clean?
3) do I need to remove drywall?

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There are all kind of products for cleaning it up, you can find a good list on the google.
https://www.cleanipedia.com/gb/house...dew-from-walls
If the surface is damaged or the drywall is wet or soft it sould be removed.

It the toilet tank lined with foam and is it an inch away from the wall?


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It's just some condensation from the tank that ran down the wall and formed some mildew. Clean with a 25% bleach/water solution, let sit for an hour, then wipe dry. If the drywall is firm it's fine.
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Best news I have heard today!!

I will check the tank, but doubt there's any foam and doubt the tank is 1" away from the wall. Will follow up with an update after I've checked this out tonight.
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I had a house with an old uninsulted tank, to close to the wall and I was fixing a mess just like that about 3 times a year, I couldn't aford a new toilet with one that was designed to fix the spacing so as it was a non bearing wall I went in and made that part of the wall a little thinner by about an inch to allow the air to go behind. Then a couple years later I got a grant to pay for a new low flush model then I paid the extra to get one that would move it away from the wall.
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Loosen the bowl bolts and pull it out away from the wall.
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Most toilets need rough in at 12 from finshed wall to center of flange, you can find some that work with only 10"
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I would love to install one of those new chair height toilets, but afraid I will run into some issues. The previous home owner finished out the basement and installed the tile flooring in the bathroom. It appears he grouted around the toilet while in place. (Photo attached.) Guessing if I go and start to pull it up, it will be a bigger deal than I want to deal with. Grrr...
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So he didn't remove the toilet when he tiled. The bowl will always come out in peices but then you would have to match the tile. I woulde be easy enough to chip the grout out around the toilet.
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Some of the Kohler brand toilets have a wide base which would cover most of that unsightly grout.


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