Interior Design and Redesign

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Plumbing in Your Home

A client began to notice some mold on the drywall in their garage. There was a toilet immediately overhead the area. But the client didn't do anything about the situation. The husband kept saying he would call in a plumber, but he never got around to it.

Extremely hot weather set in. The mold seemed to triple overnight. By now there was a serious problem.

A plumber was hired and it turned out to be a leaky toilet which the client's husband had installed incorrectly. But the mold-covered walls had to be removed and replaced. The area had to be decontaminated, then thoroughly dried before new drywall could be installed.

The whole process took over one week to complete at a cost of $3600.

If you notice any sign of leaking water in your home, address the issue instantly. The problem will not go away on its own. Some plumbers offer contracts where they will visit your home on a scheduled routine visit to check everything.

Is it needed? Only you can determine that.

By the way, many insurance companies will pay for repairs, but you should know that if you report a mold problem to your insurance company, your home will be forever memorialized as being a "mold problem home", which could make resale more complicated. So you might want to think about self-insurance for this type of issue.


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