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Old 12-08-2008, 01:11 PM   #1
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We are looking at a 4 year old forclosed house to buy in SC. It has been vacant for about 6-8 months. There is one spot of mold on the otherwise fairly good shape hardwood floor.

the spot is about 2 feet wide, and is in a corner close (about 3 feet) from an exterior wall. the spot is not soft, and I can jump up and down on it wothout any movement or cracking. Also, the floor looks OK, from under the crawlspace at that spot. (See attached photos.)

I included the last pic as an overall representation of the general condition of the floor.

We are going to get home inspection done before closing, but I just thought I could get an idea of what to expect.

Do you think this is a big problem? FYI, first time home buyer... dont know much about residential construction.

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My bet would be that the owner had a large potted plant setting in that spot and kept the floor slighly damp. Clean it up with a good household cleaner. If the wood is solid there will be nothing to worry about other than the appearance. That will likely take some sanding and refinishing.


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Thanks, that's good to hear, and is actually the same advice as I got from another person.

It is possible to sand and refinish only sections of a hardwood floor? There are a couple other spots where it could use some help... but I hate to do the whole thing if it dosent need it.
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My bet would be that the owner had a large potted plant setting in that spot and kept the floor slighly damp. Clean it up with a good household cleaner. If the wood is solid there will be nothing to worry about other than the appearance. That will likely take some sanding and refinishing.
I agree. Not much to worry about here.

Lack of air flow combined with moisture is the biggest reason for mold. As Maintenance 6 said they probably had something there. This restricted air flow and the mold grew.
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I'm by no means a pro at this, but I saw some anti-mold stuff at Lowe's when I was shopping there on Sunday. I'm not sure you use it as a cleaner, but it's supposed to protect against future mold. You may want to check it out. The display was near Lumber.
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The best "anti-mold" process you can use is to keep indoor humidity levels below 60-65% and dry up any free standing water (such as overflowed planters). Then mold can't grow. As far a refinishing spot areas. You'll need to sand out the defects. Try to match in the stain and apply a clear finish. You may need to bleach out any blackened spots. Lots of elbow grease and patience.
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Thanks for all the replies. I will problby try to re-finish that spot when the time comes. I cant wait to be a home owner, and get started with some upgrades... I will be back for sure if/when we get close on the house.

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