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  2. Dumb builder. It happens. You wrote it up?
  3. The fumes, grease and heated air have no way to get out.
  4. Yes. You understand correctly. They are foam blocks with a foil backing. I can’t remember what the backing says. The mold was concentrated on the north and east side. The apex is where the garage is. That was another reason why I thought it could be due to the open attic.
  5. I'm betting that's true for about 50% of the population. I like to relax and read a book in the tub. My wife thinks it's gross to use a bathtub (or a hot tub, spa, etc.).
  6. Hard to see in the pict, but the sloped back of the tub, where your back would comfortably lie against, is under the tub spout.
  7. Yes, with no way to easily reach the shower valve/faucet while sitting in the tub.
  8. What do you think will be an issue? Venting? Both will have alcove requirements in their installation manuals.
  9. So that I understand: This house was once heated with a gas furnace and ducts that were in the attic and provided air to the rooms through registers in the ceiling. The gas was capped, the furnace removed, the ducts disconnected and the registers patched with blocks of insulation (what kind?). The bathroom's have no exhaust fans. If this is all true, no wonder they have mold in the attic.
  10. The house is all electric. Gas line is capped off. No vents in the bath and no forced air. There are vents in the ceiling in all bedrooms but the previous owners cut blocks of insulation and put them in the vents. The duct work was laying in the attic. I don’t know where there could be interior air escaping. Maybe the mold is why they closed it up? I trust your input on this.
  11. So, that was a huge mistake on the inspector's part, but probably not for the reason that you're thinking. The inspector should have looked at the presence of mold as a *symptom* of a moisture problem and he should have addressed that problem in his report, with strong advice about how to reduce moisture levels in the attic. After moisture is totally under control, then it might be appropriate to address the mold - maybe. Remember that no matter how much you treat the mold, it'll just come back if you don't fix the problem that caused it in the first place. And if you truly fix the problem, the mold will stop growing anyway. Removing old, dead mold might be a good idea, but it shouldn't be the priority.
  12. It's probably not the culprit. The mold forms when the wood gets damp and stays damp for a long time. Occasional inrushes of cold outdoor air would probably help to ventilate the space and reduce moisture levels up there. The worst attic mold problems I see occur in poorly ventilated attics where a moisture source - often poorly vented bathroom exhaust fans, direct warm moist air into the attic. Once in the attic, the water vapor in the air condenses on the coldest surfaces in the attic: usually the underside of the north-facing roof planes. The missing wall was almost certainly not the problem.
  13. I didn't consider that. Since becoming an adult, I've never sat in a bathtub.
  14. I think folks that take baths might like to sit back and relax. It's probably more comfortable ifn all the protruding bits are at one end.
  15. Thanks. This was in the '90s and the agency has changed ownership twice since then. None of the same people are working there.
  16. Interesting. Is it a problem? If so, why?
  17. The attic is completely open to the garage. There is not a ceiling in my garage. There needs to be a separation between the two for carbon monoxide and fire code. By the way, I am not arguing with anyone. I’m new, I’m here to learn. So, because of the poor insulation I have interior heat coming into my attic and garage. Am I wrong to think that the sudden rush of freezing air into my attic is not accelerating the process?
  18. Is there a showerhead?
  19. Sounds like the moisture that allowed the mold to grow was interior moisture that got into the attic. It's warmer in the interior than the attic in the winter so if that interior air gets into the cold attic, condensation might result, giving old spores what it needs to grow. I don't see what the lack of a firewall between garage and attic has to do with this mold growth.
  20. Yesterday
  21. New construction. Good grief. . .
  22. Great question, @Jim Katen. While finding the property after the fact is rare, it does happen, so most equipment coverage insurance policies have a section dedicated on what to do when you recover the lost or damaged property. You'd have to check your specific policy to be sure of the proper course of action according to your carrier. But, to get an idea, here's what it says about recoveries in our inland marine policy: So, technically, according the most equipment coverage policies, your recovered equipment and tools would be the property of the insurance company, and they should have the final say if they would like it back or if it's not worth the value to have you return it to them. It probably wasn't your insurance agent's place to dismiss it and advise you not to bring it up again; it should have been the insurance carrier and their claims adjusters' call. Additionally, if you're still working with that agent, you may want to consider how her counsel in this situation could reflect the quality of future counsel in the future and act accordingly. Hope that's helpful. If you have a current equipment coverage policy and are curious about its stance on recoveries, I'd happy to look it over for you, too.
  23. I was told that every time the garage door was opened during the cold season, a blast of cold air flew into the garage and then attic. With my dated blown in insulation clogging the soffits and a degrading R value, there was no circulation and heat from the interior was building up in the attic. The condensation from cold to hot had nowhere to go. When I had the insulation removed and replaced, the old stuff was very damp. This is what I was told at the time. I would be interested in hearing any other thoughts. I suppose it was a combination of all of this
  24. I had the opposite encounter with an inspector who found mold. My father in law was looking for an investment property and found a house. He brought me along for the inspection because I was the one who would be renting from him. The HI verbally told my FIL that there is evidence of black mold in the attic and garage but, "I wouldn't worry about it. It's not that bad." He never noted it in his report. So FIL buys the house, I rent it, do a bunch of repairs and upgrades and two years later I am ready to buy this house from him. I needed to get an FHA loan because of a poor decision I made in my early 20s. Guess what happened when my FHA HI came in... Well, after a full remediation of my garage and attic and also new insulation, I passed the inspection with 4k less in the bank (which was a steal). I have a good friend who does fire and water damage restorations who was certified in mold. He told me that it wasn't the worst that he has seen, but it was close to it. The original HI didn't report the lack of a fire wall that separates the attic from the attached garage as well. This is what caused the mold in the first place.
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