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Houseofhorrors
Interior Mold Attack!
Houseofhorrors

:eek: There is black mold on the entire back wall of my basement family room and attached garage, continuing out the side walls following the slope of the ground at the side of my house. The mold starts at the base of the wall and goes up about 4 to 4 1/2 feet along the entire back wall. In the late '90s, my ex-husband removed the damaged paneling in the family room and applied a white sealer all across the back wall and partially out the side wall of the garage--without removing the mold first! He then drywalled over the "fix" in the family room. A couple of years later, the mold began coming through on the garage walls and at the base of the new family room wall. I shudder to think what's hiding behind that drywall! I know there is a problem with the slope of the ground at the back of the house, and I fear that the outside of the foundation wasn't properly sealed when the house was built in the late '70s. I have been given three options to correct the foundation moisture problem--1. install a french drain about 6 to 8 feet away from the house, with re-grading the slope of the ground to the house; 2. dig out and parge the exterior of the foundation, which has me sweating bullets for fear of what will happen in the process of digging; and 3. both. Also, a significant visible crack at the corner of the back of the foundation developed sometime this past winter, which I think may be related to freezing and thawing of ice in that area of the ground. I can't tell how far into the ground it goes. I do know that the mold must be properly and completely removed from the interior walls with any cracks repaired and the walls sealed well. What concerns me is that the issue does seem to originate in the ground behind the house. I have very limited funds to correct this problem and want to make sure that my money is well spent and the problem is resolved once and for all. From a health standpoint, I'm getting a bit anxious knowing that I've been living with this yucky stuff for years. Without actually seeing my situation, can you offer any advice that will help me make an educated decision on what to do outside? (Hmmm. . . Why did I want this house of horrors! :confused:)

Debra
Re: Interior Mold Attack!
Debra

At the very least do #1. If your budget or divorce settlement can bear it do both.

As far as mold remediation, Get it done now and done professionally.

Black mold isn't something you can really mess with. Watching the remediation done on the New Orleans House should clue you in. Many, many well wishes to you and your family. I hope you get this done soon.

jackthepug
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jackthepug

Black mold can cause lung cancer as well as a whole list of more minor ailments. It's not something to play with. Infact, with that much black mold, even when you are upstairs, you can be breathing in toxic mold.
There is no other way than to have a professional deal with it. I wish I could tell you a bottle of bleach would do it, but you could be creating a more toxic atmosphere.

As for the cause, you need to get at least 3, if not 5, estimates from contractors. Then see what the consensus is. The mold professionals may also be able to offer you some advice as to where it is coming from and how best to fix it. Pick their brains about what is feeding the mold.

This is going to be expensive. You've got structural foundation issues, major mold and who knows what else is going on. It is possible to sell the home, but you'll have to disclose what is going on with it which means you won't get anything close to fair market value.

If you love the house (except for the mold), take a loan and fix it. What might be expensive now will not only be worth it because you can live a healthy life in the house, but it's protecting your investment.

Good luck!

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