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Kitchen Mold

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Recent Inspection Report Involving Kitchen Mold

Work #: 108024

destroyed Cabinets

Kitchen / Back Entryway

  • All lower cabinets in kitchen area are heavily damaged by mold and exposure to moisture.  Moldy drywall found along North facing exterior wall of kitchen.  Elevated moisture levels were found in any drywall exhibiting visible mold growth in kitchen.
  • Moldy drywall extended behind all cabinetry in kitchen and extends down hallway to back door.
  • Source of mold appears to be from the hot water tank as the greatest amount of mold growth was found to be here.
  • Elevated moisture levels noted in flooring under vinyl linoleum.
  • All cabinets show excessive damage due to high levels of humidity and rodent contamination.
  • Window sashes are swollen due to high relative humidity levels.
  • Excessive amount of mold and insects around window frames.
  • Furnace is excessively dirty and heavily contaminated from dirt, rodents and other debris.  It is unknown if the furnace is operational at this time.

Recommendations

  • Recommend removal and disposal of all kitchen cabinets due to excessive damage due to water & rodents.
  • All vinyl linoleum flooring must be removed and any water damaged underlayment / subfloor.
  • Drain and remove hot water tank.
  • Recommend removal of furnace.
  • Remove a minimum of the bottom 4 ft of sheetrock  and insulation from hallway and north facing kitchen wall.  More removal may be needed if mold and/or water damage extends further up the wall.
  • All damaged window sashes and trim should be removed & replaced.
  • All windows are to be HEPA vacuumed and wiped down with an EPA registered antimicrobial spray.
  • Ventilation hood should be removed and replaced due to heavy grease and oil deposits and general neglect.
  • All remaining walls and ceiling are to be wiped down with an EPA registered antimicrobial spray.

Master Bedroom

Mold Under Sink
  • No floor coverings present.
  • Heavy debris found inside HVAC registers.
  • All windows have mold growth and significant insect deposits.
  • Walls are coated with grime and possible nicotine stains.
  • Master closet has visible mold growth along the bottom edges of the walls.

Recommendations

  • Recommend removal of minimum of bottom two feet of sheetrock from around master closet.
  • Recommend removal of vinyl flooring from master closet and any underlayment that shows either mold and/or water damage.
  • HEPA vacuum all walls, floor and windows, and wipe all solid surfaces with an antimicrobial solution.  

Master Bath

  • Significant water damage noted to vanity cabinet.
  • Failure of sealant around base of shower surround.
  • Water damage noted under vinyl flooring. 
  • All walls and ceiling are coated with grime and possible nicotine stains.
Mold in Entryway

Recommendations

  • Recommend removal of shower surround  and underlying sheetrock. 
  • Bathtub may need removal depending on water damage found between walls and under vinyl flooring.
  • Recommend removal of all vinyl flooring and any water damaged underlayment / subflooring.
  • Recommend removal and disposal of vanity sink.
  • All walls, floors and solid surfaces are to be HEPA vacuumed and wiped clean with an antimicrobial solution.

Living Room

  • Little to no water damage noted in flooring or walls.
  • Walls and ceiling were coated in grime and possible nicotine stains.
  • HVAC registers were filled with debris.
  • Front entrance retained some vinyl flooring which was severely damaged.
  • Windows had holes drilled in frames for lift handles and revealed rust stains from exposure to high relative humidity.

Recommendations

  • All walls, floors and solid surfaces are to be HREPA vacuumed and wiped clean with an antimicrobial solution.
  • Vinyl flooring at front door should be removed.
  • Windows should be replaced for cosmetic purposes.

Back Family Room  

  • Back, West facing window had a significant crack in the exterior pane and should be replaced.
  • Lift handles were installed in window frames and rusting was present around the hardware.
  • HVAC registers contained debris.
  • No evidence of water damage or moisture intrusion.
  • All walls, floors and ceiling were covered and grime.

Recommendations

  • HEPA vacuum all walls, floor and solid surfaces and wash with an antimicrobial solution.
  • Replace cracked window.
  • Recommend replacing remaining windows for cosmetic purposes.

West Bedroom

  • No water damage noted to flooring or walls.
  • Some minor swelling of window sash due to excessive relative humidity inside room.
  • No visible mold growth noted but walls and flooring were covered in grime.

Recommendations

  • Recommend HEPA vacuuming all floors, walls and solid surfaces and wipe down with an antimicrobial solution.
  • Recommend replacing damaged window sash.

East Bedroom

  • Hole found in door to bedroom.
  • No evidence of water damage to floors or walls.
  • Walls and floor were covered in grime.
  • Debris found in HVAC register.

Recommendations

  • Recommend HEPA vacuuming all floors, walls and solid surfaces and wipe down with an antimicrobial solution.
  • Replace entry door.

Hall Bath

 

  • Water damage noted to flooring in front of tub.
  • Bathtub was extremely dirty and may be salvageable.
  • Vinyl flooring is extremely dirty and damaged.
  • Vanity cabinet shows minor damage but is heavily stained and likely needs replacement due to cosmetic damage.
  • Walls, floors and ceiling were covered in grime and possible nicotine stains.

Recommendations

  • Recommend HEPA vacuuming all floors, walls and solid surfaces and wipe down with an antimicrobial solution.
  • Recommend removal of all vinyl flooring and any water damaged underlayment.
  • Clean tub with an EPA registered disinfectant.
  • Remove and dispose of vanity cabinet and sink.

Crawlspace

  • Numerous locations where the belly wrap was bulging down as a result of wet insulation.
  • Moisture probes were inserted into the belly wrap in these locations to confirm the presence of wet insulation.
  • Vapor barrier was in good shape throughout crawlspace.
  • HVAC trunk line from furnace was laying on the ground and appeared to have water damage.
  • Due to evident rodent activity found inside the home, it is highly probable that much of the under-floor insulation is contaminated with rodent feces and urine.

  Recommendations

  • Recommend all belly wrap and insulation be removed from area due to both water damage and rodent contamination.
  • Inspect the entire underbelly of the home for damage to subflooring from water damage.
  • Remove and replace all HVAC ducting.

Exterior

  • Several places were noted where window trim revealed signs of swelling due to moisture intrusion.
  • Lower skirt had been removed for access to under the home.

Recommendations

  • Remove and replace any water damaged window trim.
  • Perform regular maintenance to exterior with regards to paint, caulking and cleaning.
  • Replace lower skirt around building once all crawlspace work has been completed. `
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