Yes, I see the water stain but I don’t believe you have a mold issue.

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Yes, I see the water stain but I don’t believe you have a mold issue.

 

If you have a tenant who thinks that they have mold due to a leak, check into it. The fear of living in a moldy environment will drive tenants to be vocal about any water issues that they may have inside their unit. Bringing in a third party contractor may quickly resolve any concerns.

Mold dry rot water damageMost mold issues can be seen and can be obvious at first sight. But what about the water stain from a roof leak? You can see the discolored drywall, does that mean you have mold? That will depend on several things.

Is the stain new? If there was a recent storm and now you have a water stain, the area may just be wet and needs to be corrected. If the stain is growing, getting darker and soft to the touch, you may have a problem.

How is the ventilation?A one-time small leak may often times be wiped up and dried quickly with fans and blowers. If this leak is in a dark enclosed area, it will remain moist for a very long time. A situation like this could promote mold growth.

Has the source of the problem been corrected? This is the most important thing; you must correct the source of the problem. A leaky roof needs to be patched, a dripping pipe needs to be repaired or a cracked drain pipe needs to be corrected.

 

A contractor with experience in water damage and dry rot damage can use his experience to better determine the extent of the damage and the proper correction. Often times getting a third party to look at the problem will relieve the fears that the tenant may have with mold.

 

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Tom Arstingstall
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True Debbie. The odor can be a big intication that there is a problem. I am certain you run into this yourself.

February 09, 2012 10:06 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
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Tom, good run down on leaks and mold.  It's much easier to repair and correct a leak problem than to remedy an mold problem.  Procastination is not a good strategy in those cases.

February 09, 2012 08:10 PM
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Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate
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around here, if you have any kind of water spots, people automatically think it is mold.. Hard to convince them otherwise.

February 09, 2012 11:18 PM
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Tom Arstingstall
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So true Silvia, it is a lot easier when it is addressed early.

Now how do we convince the owner?  :)

Thanks for the comment today.

February 10, 2012 01:37 AM
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Maybe that will change with time Sheila.

Thanks for stopping in.

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