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xperimeter 09-16-2012 09:01 AM

Leak causing future mold concern in brand new house
 
Hi everyone,

Bought a home built last September. Faucet in tub upstairs was leaking behind wall and is now fixed. In our master bedroom (below bathroom) 2 dark lines began to appear in ceiling. They could almost be mistaken as shadows. the leak was repaired almost 2 months ago but the dark lines are still in the ceiling. the builder did not install any access panel. I'm scared to death of mold, but I'm not a professional. should I begin cutting holes in the ceiling? I think it's plaster. Thanks!

Canarywood1 09-16-2012 02:03 PM

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Originally Posted by xperimeter (Post 1010862)
Hi everyone,

Bought a home built last September. Faucet in tub upstairs was leaking behind wall and is now fixed. In our master bedroom (below bathroom) 2 dark lines began to appear in ceiling. They could almost be mistaken as shadows. the leak was repaired almost 2 months ago but the dark lines are still in the ceiling. the builder did not install any access panel. I'm scared to death of mold, but I'm not a professional. should I begin cutting holes in the ceiling? I think it's plaster. Thanks!


You generally have one year from date of purchase, for builder to correct anything that go's wrong,give them a call.

notmrjohn 09-16-2012 08:13 PM

Don't be scared of the mold. Mold scare was way over hyped. If you are in reasonable health lung wise you got no worries.Once everything is dry active mold growth stops. builder, or someone should use ordinary bleach to kill mold and remove stains, seal spores ( easy as painting), prime and paint ceiling. For more info on mold go over to General, construction, or paint forums and click on any thread that has mold in title.

xperimeter 09-16-2012 10:09 PM

Thanks, guys. I guess now my concern is..how do I confirm that it is dry. There is no way to gain access to where the water might still be laying without cutting into the ceiling.

notmrjohn 09-16-2012 10:49 PM

If leak is fixed, ceiling not wet, mold not spreading, after two months it is dry. If water was still up there it would have shown by now. If still leaking for 2 months ceiling will become sodden fall in tomorrow.

No, after 2 months It is dry. I just said that so you would worry about that instead of being scared of mold. Do you like blue cheese, soy sauce? Had a shot of penicillin? All from mold. Mold is everywhere, all ways has been all ways will be, we inhale thousands of mold spores daily. There, I bet that made you feel better.

allthumbsdiy 09-16-2012 11:01 PM

cough...cough.. :)


Seriously, if you really want to know without cutting, you can try moisture meters (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...1#.UFagD6NST0U). Cheaper ones are not terribly accurate but will give you a rough idea.

xperimeter 09-16-2012 11:38 PM

Thanks notmrjohn, I was just saying I know what mold can do to a home and I don't ever want to deal with it if i can help it. I like to be proactive and put out fires before they start, ya know? Thank You;-). I love soy sauce- Kikoman!


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