Hey there, I just found this site..

Hometalk Praise 12.31.12
and happy to see real people talking about home projects.. I am closing on our house on the 11th in East Cobb and found one wall with mold in the kitchen. That was the only place we saw it and it looked like the sellers tried to cover it up, but we removed the cabinets to find it and eww.. So we are removing the wall and planning on rebuilding the wall and replacing 2 cabinets and I wanted to get an idea on 1. how and where should I get an idea on repairing and replacing it & 2. should we hire a professional to treat the mold? Thanks!!
  • Kevin M. Veler, Law Office of
    I tend to err with those who urge caution especially as there was a "flip" attempt. Flippers are notorious for not getting proper permits, and covering up issues like the attempt to hide mold. I would be sure to hire an inspector the check the work
  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    Kevin's comment had me think...if they did pull permits for this work?...If so...see if you can get copies of the inspections or possibly talk with the inspector directly.
  • Culpepper Carpets and Interiors, Inc.
    Wecome to HomeTalk Vanessa!
  • Vanessa L
    Vanessa L Marietta, GA
    Update! We took down the wall.. not much damage with the mold.. It was mostly in the insulation, which we removed and the back wall was not molded at all :) Very happy we didn't turn away from this house because of this problem. We have sprayed it
  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    Welcome to Hometalk, Vanessa!

    I'm glad everything has worked out for you guys and the house, and that the mold has been removed - Praise God! Hoping for

  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    Vanessa, did you find the source of the moisture that started the mold in the first place? Glad you moved ahead. Just be sure that there is no moisture before you close up things or you will repeat history in this area. Congrats on the home!
  • Toni M
    great news that it wasn't as bad as originally thought - what caused the mould ? I thought perhaps that it was only the insulation then perhaps this was damp when installed
  • Vanessa L
    Vanessa L Marietta, GA
    We did find the leak, it was in the master bath when they "tried" to fix the faucets.. there was a slow drip and the house being vacant and with the moisture was the main reason it got so bad. But it was mostly on the surface. We are fogging today and
  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    There are several ways to insulate. The best being foam, but that can get a bit pricey for just a small area. I would suggest that you purchase some cans of spray foam and foam any holes that wires or pipes are running through and with what is left
  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    another great response from Woodbridge
  • SawHorse.net
    SawHorse.net Atlanta, GA
    Woodbridge does offer good advice, however it does not apply to all climate zones. Atlanta is usually considered a "fringe" zone according to the Southface Energy Institute, however this map states that it is a little further down South. http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insul...
  • Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.com
    Very good point SawHorse Great link as well!
  • HandyANDY Home Renovations All Repairs, LLC
    Hope the house has gone well for you. I would also have someone check all of the vent boots on the roof...if they are split and leaking...water can travel down the vent pipe and cause the kind of mold depicted in your pictures.
  • Jan Britt Interiors
    Jan Britt Interiors Marietta, GA
    Sounds like you are doing a good job.
  • Cathy B
    Cathy B Phoenix, AZ
    Even if a house is bank owned, one can go to the bank for repairs. The agent will argue (yours and theirs) but they cannot sell ahouse with a major health issue. I'm glad sellers agreed to pay!
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