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Question on wall/baseboard water damage from leak

Old 10-07-09, 08:16 PM
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Question on wall/baseboard water damage from leak

Hey everyone.

I bought a foreclosed 2 year old brick home in Madison Ms.
The home has been vacant for 6 months
My inspector informed me of a step flashing that needed repair, and I just got it repaired before moving in.
We knew of some slight staining on the baseboard at the top and bottom of the wall, and thought we could paint with kilz and repair and sheetrock with mud.
I have noticed if I smell under the baseboard on the wall where the flashing leaked I can smell a musty smell. Is this something I sholud worry about? Also i can smell the musty smell on the joining wall that has a large window on the outside wall of the home.

Im hoping since the leak has been replaced there will be no other major repairs needed to be done.

Any recomendations or help with this will be greatly appreciated.
Old 10-08-09, 03:42 AM
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Mold thrives in the dark moist places you have. It won't get better on its own. A proper repair would have entailed removing the baseboard and drywall in that area, inspection of the framing and replacing of all bad materials with dry. You may be "smelling" the closed up smell of a house, and not so much the particular areas you describe, although it is possible.
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It is always been my understanding that the mold won't grow if you take away the supply of moisture..... but it won't go away either

A solvent based primer will seal the stains and paint should hide any visable sign of the damage but as Larry said - there is no way to know what the inside of the wall looks like with out opening it up. If any of the occupants have asthma or allergies, I'd err on the side of caution and open it up, otherwise - use your best judgement

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