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Old 07-09-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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We are in the last week of construction on our new house. The contractor tested the plastic water pipes, and all tested fine but a valve at the vanity failed and wasn't noticed right away. The result was water flowing from the vanity to the floor/garage ceiling. It was enough water to dump approx. 8 gallons of water on the floor before it was noticed. The contractor just wants to repair four drywall seams and call it good. We think the drywall and fiberglass insulation needs replaced because after three 90 degree days, some of the drywall is still wet underneath the insulation. We're worried that it will turn to black mold somewhere down the road.

We would love your thoughts on this.

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We are in the last week of construction on our new house. The contractor tested the plastic water pipes, and all tested fine but a valve at the vanity failed and wasn't noticed right away. The result was water flowing from the vanity to the floor/garage ceiling. It was enough water to dump approx. 8 gallons of water on the floor before it was noticed. The contractor just wants to repair four drywall seams and call it good. We think the drywall and fiberglass insulation needs replaced because after three 90 degree days, some of the drywall is still wet underneath the insulation. We're worried that it will turn to black mold somewhere down the road.

We would love your thoughts on this.
Leave it open for a while to dry and replace insulation too.

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We are in the last week of construction on our new house. The contractor tested the plastic water pipes, and all tested fine but a valve at the vanity failed and wasn't noticed right away. The result was water flowing from the vanity to the floor/garage ceiling. It was enough water to dump approx. 8 gallons of water on the floor before it was noticed. The contractor just wants to repair four drywall seams and call it good. We think the drywall and fiberglass insulation needs replaced because after three 90 degree days, some of the drywall is still wet underneath the insulation. We're worried that it will turn to black mold somewhere down the road.

We would love your thoughts on this.


You have every reason in the world to be worried about mold,if it were my house he would be replacing it.


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I would replace any fiberglass insulation if it got wet. Drywall too, any kind.

its a new house you are paying for, not a repaired house.
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Yep, pull insulation, it will hold water for quite a while.
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While you are at it, replace the fiberglass w/ Roxul or one of the other batting materials. NO QUESTION that the contractor needs to replace everything.
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If it didn't dry to below .6 water content within 72 hours, it turned into a mold incubator. And with wet fiberglass insulation in contact with the drywall, I'd guarantee that it didn't dry fast enough. Not to mention that the structural integrity of the drywall is no longer there.
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Yes, it is the extended length of time that is againt you, not the initial amount of water. If it had dried completely within two days, you would have probably been fine. This has been too long. Almost guranteed you may now have mold problems.

If any mold has started, it takes very little moisture to encourage it to grow.

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