While walking around the outside of a house today I pointed out to my client that the shingles at the bottom of a valley, draining into a gutter too small, was apparently getting behind the aluminum fascia wrap and the vinyl siding. The dripping can be seen on and coming from behind the vinyl siding all the way to the foundation wall. I said we would check that when we got inside.
In the upstairs bedroom, about 4' from the corner, this could be seen on the floor.
The floor molding is stained and measured > 30% moisture (that's as high as my meter goes). The carpet was wet and previous staining can be seen where things used to rest there.
Maybe the living room below should demand attention too?
That's a stain on the living room ceiling directly below the stain in the bedroom floor molding above. The hardwood flooring was warped and, not surprisingly, registered > 30% moisture. The moisture extended out between 2' and 3'.
Finally, in the basement, directly in line with both floors above, we see the sub floor under the living room. Not only is it wet, it has been wet for some time, and it is moldy. Mold can be seen also on the joist, and various other areas not seen here on the sub flooring.
Why is the drywall missing? Because this house, foreclosed, had a flood in the basement. A mold "remediation" company removed the drywall, some of the insulation and then sprayed to "kill" the mold. (They missed the little problem you see in this post completely.) Not only are they apparently not licensed to re-mediate mold, they aren't even licensed to do demolition in Virginia!
Everything they did was improperly done. We found new, and old, mold in many areas of the basement. And mold not related to the problems in these photos!
Houston (or where ever the bank is located), we have a problem! This was a disaster all around. And someone has a lot of work to do to make it right! This job needs to be started from scratch and done properly.
My recommendation: When your client wants to buy a house that has had mold remediation, make sure the company that has done the work is properly licensed to do the work! Be careful - it might be two guys in a pick up who demo, demo, spray, spray, all done! And be sure your home inspector knows to check things from top to bottom!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560