Mould Problem

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by Aaronjod, 28th Jul, 2015.

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  1. Aaronjod

    Aaronjod Well-Known Member

    18th Jun, 2015
    Hey guys,

    Got an issue with mould on an IP I recently bought @ Seven Hills. Tenants sent in some pictures and it looks pretty bad. They said it's entirely one room, which is at the front of the house near the driveway. If water were to come down the driveway, it would go past this room. This room is also close to the ground where as the rest of the house is higher up, due to a sloped block.

    Any ideas on who to ring to get a proper diagnosis? Anyone able to recommend?
    Hoping to fix the problem properly the first time, rather than trying a million different remedies.
    Are the companies on google that specialise in mould any good, or are they gonna sting me for a complete system throughout the whole house? I have no issue installing some form of mechanical ventilation, but don't see a need to do it in rooms that don't have a problem.

    I've attached some pics, one shows the driveway/room setup the rest is the mould.

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  2. WestOz

    WestOz Well-Known Member

    19th Jun, 2015
    No point putting in internal ventilation etc, need to fix the cause.
    Although some low external wall vents with a whirlybird on the roof wouldn't hurt

    Is the house on a slab or stumps?

    Based on the pics;
    That 1st pic of the mouldy corner, I'm guessing the opposite outside would be the corner to the right of the window in pic 4, the one closest to us?

    From pic it looks like the concrete runs right up to/touching the cladding on the front and side (carport)?
    If so you'll need to cut concrete back to let some air get between the 2 surfaces, regardless of rain.

    Also looks like the path is higher than the inside floor level?

    Imagine where any heavy downpour is going to run, the slope looks like it runs to that corner, the drive looks damp just to the right of the corner, depending how bad it gets with heavy downpour unless you can divert it you may need to install some of this -

    Considering its timber frame, if it looks like that inside the house imagine what it looks like in the cavity, termites will love all that moist hardwood, when you get the issue sorted strongly suggest termite treatment.
  3. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

    18th Jun, 2015
    If you want a builder who does little jobs, I can give you a name, same with a pest man who will not try to fleece you.
  4. Big Red

    Big Red Well-Known Member

    29th Jun, 2015
    try exit mould before anything else. That stuff is good. Also see if there is any leaks from the bathroom etc and fix that up. Dehumidifier helps to fix it temporarily
  5. SeafordSunshine

    SeafordSunshine Well-Known Member

    24th Jun, 2015
    It looks like a neatly kept house! Is the Mouldy room at the front? Appears to be too much water gaining too much speed from footpath, and 'easy care' cement front garden. Perhaps I would consider installing some gutter type drains which will need to be kept clear of silt at the front, and drain away from the house.
    I hope this helps