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Old 06-04-2018, 11:18 AM
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We knew the house had some water damage and when we toured the place two different times, we knew there was a little mold. Well, the weather turned rainy, causing more basement water and the weather then turned hot and humid. Now we have a HazMat cleanup situation. I'm going in today to spray all the moldy areas with vinegar and then follow that up after it dries a day or so later with a spraying of a baking soda solution. Then I am going to start upstairs carpet removal by spraying the carpets with disinfectant (generic Febreze) both to deodorize and to wet down any mold spores. I will then remove the carpet in 3 foot wide strips, and also the pad, and place in the back of my truck until the dumpster I'm calling for this morning arrives. I will be wearing protective gear during this operation. I am also calling professionals in, but since this is Bumtuckyville and the professionals all seem to be concentrated in major cities, it may take a few weeks. In the meantime, some old family friends have a guest house in the area that is not currently occupied. So, our furniture, which is being moved June 13th will be put in storage and we will live out of suitcases until the house is habitable.

Edit: If this vinegar followed by baking soda treatment even halfway works, I will start demolition of every goddamned piece of wood and carpet in that stupid basement, so I can waterproof the sumbitch with hydraulic cement and DryLok concrete penetrating waterproof paint.
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Old 06-04-2018, 11:19 AM
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Gawd, I wish I could afford to buy a place in Colorado. Even a trailerhouse again.
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Old 06-04-2018, 01:25 PM
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I am also calling professionals in, but since this is Bumtuckyville and the professionals all seem to be concentrated in major cities, it may take a few weeks.
Don't they have cars?
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So, there were no other houses to choose from?
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Old 06-07-2018, 03:45 AM
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Not that I could afford.

That said, the mold remediation estimate came in at $4275. I ran a mold control chemical fogger for two days this week. It knocked the fuck out of the mold, but we're still having the mold remediation done. It is affordable after we close on our Oklahoma home. I meet the foundation and basement dewatering specialist tomorrow morning. Today, I got all the carpet and pad out of the house. A plumber gave me an estimate of $600 to install a sump and sump pump to remove water both from the basement and from the ground beneath the basement floor. This is going to work. Glory hallelujah, amen!
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:08 AM
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Have you considered just nuking the place from orbit?
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It is, after all, the only way to be sure.
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Hydrogen peroxide does wonders. Removes odors and kills anything that lives, but it doesn't mess with your mucous membranes like chlorine bleach, it just releases oxygen.
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I propose an indoor pool filled with H2O2.
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Hydrogen Peroxide is also good for blood stains....
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If you paint, start with this.

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