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Posted: 7/18/2021 7:08:29 PM EDT
I’ll start calling around to contractors tomorrow but figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask here. We need to get a walk in crawl space finished and remodel a bathroom. Unfortunately I found some mold in the front room today and although I have cleaned up what I could it appears to be under the wallpaper and redoing the whole room is outside what I can realistically do.
Is the mold something that will require a separate specialist? It obviously is the top priority but I’d love to hire one firm to handle everything.
Can anyone recommend a reliable contractor in the area?
Molds are not regulated under the EPA for air indoor air quality, but they have BMPs and info.
Some molds are worse than others: https://aerindustries.com/blog/2017/03/28/common-types-mold-in-home/
You should be able to have one contractor do all. If you don’t make a big deal about the mold, it's likely neither will a non NOVA contractor.
The upfront question is what is the cause of the mold?
Humidity? Easy fix would be a dehumidifier.
It wouldn't cost more than 2500-3000$ to get your crawlspace encapsulated before installing a dehumidifier.
My personal house is in a very high water table area and we had mold issues when we bought the house. We totally encapsulated the crawl space and added a purpose built dehumidifier and I've had zero issues since then
Unfortunately the mold is in my front room not in my crawlspace, I think it’s due to the seal of the front door.
Edit to add: I have put a dehumidifier in that room now.
Few years back I was ripping out base boards in a house I just bought and found mold behind the base boards. The areas were minor, maybe a couple of inches wide spot. I started wondering what was causing it. The walls looked fine and the wallboard was solid. Then I noticed the wallboard was damp behind the baseboard. So I started cutting open the walls and found the installation in the walls was soaked. Turned out the siding on my house was not properly installed in the front corners which had caused water from outside to get behind the siding. Had been going on for years. The water had soaked and rotted away the wood paneling/wall of the house allowing water into the walls. Several wall studs were rotted and had to be replaced. I literally had two sections of wall removed from my house and replaced. You could walk from my front yard into my living and dining rooms without having to use any doors. The leak was almost at the top of the walls but had no sign of this from inside of the house or the outside.
My point, you need to figure out what is causing the mold, where the water is coming from. It could be a much bigger issue than just the little spot of mold you found.
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