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

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Home Builder with Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 CSL#642819


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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Rainer
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Edward Gilmartin
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Mold can grow fast on any organic surface. I like to wipe any water damage down with bleach once it dries just to be safe.

February 09, 2012 08:06 AM
Rainer
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Nathan Rufty - Home Loans at 909-503-5600
Mortgage Professional / Home Loans / Direct Lender
Mountain West Financial, Inc

Good to remember when doing a home inspection 

February 09, 2012 08:10 AM
Rainmaker
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Peg Barcelo
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369

Tom, great info. Anyone who quotes your title needs their head examined. Unless you take out the plaster or wall board, you're not going to know if there's mold.We didn't buy a certain investment propert just becasue of this huge water stain on the basement ceiling. They said it had been a roof leak that had been fixed, but we would have had to gut the area before we found out the extent of the damage...

February 09, 2012 08:18 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Tom, Water stains or anything that looks like mold probably scares off buyers almost as quick as high power lines next to the home.  Few are willing to risk it.

February 09, 2012 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
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Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

Aloha, Tom! Welcome back and I am so glad you posted this in the property management group.  MOLD is the NEW LEAD issue and although not all MOLD is BAD - NOT knowing is WORSE! 

 

February 09, 2012 09:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT

You are so right to advise having a neutral 3rd party test it and/or investigate.  Sometimes it is obvious; other times it is not.  (usually smell is good indication that there is a problem).

February 09, 2012 09:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

Bleach has its benefits Edward.

February 09, 2012 10:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
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Anything can be fixed Nathan.

February 09, 2012 10:05 AM
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Call me Peg, I'll come and look at it.  :)

February 09, 2012 10:06 AM
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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A lot of times this can be a buying opportunity. If you know what to look for, you can save some money on the purchase Bliz.

February 09, 2012 10:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366

I get calls daily from property managers that need me to look at a water related issue. The vast majority is not really a problem, but by cleaning things up, the tenants are at ease with the situation being resolved.

Thanks Wallace.

February 09, 2012 10:06 AM
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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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
--Residential/Short Sales/Foreclosures
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner

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, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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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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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Maybe that will change with time Sheila.

Thanks for stopping in.

February 10, 2012 01:42 AM
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