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Old 04-23-2013, 08:13 AM   #15
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #16
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You said you were told that there was a "high probability of mold." That doesn't mean you have mold in your trailer. Sounds to me like you are getting some dooms day info from your RV repair place and over reacting. I find it hard to believe that the water would even migrate to your slides.

At first glance, the estimate on your roof sounds high, given that you said it was a soft spot. Have you had a different repair place look at it?

Service Master is very good at getting rid of mold or even finding out if it is there. I know there is a dealer in Seattle.
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I haven't read all the replies, but if you were to store it in Utah or Nevada for a month I can guarantee that it would dry out. Here in Utah we hardly know what mold is. I think it's the 2nd driest state in the union.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:43 PM   #18
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Sorry for this...but do not overshoot Utah and end up in the northwest. You will come back looking like a chia-pet on wheels.

I agree that is a good idea. Arizona or Utah in the summer would dry it out.
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As others mentioned. Get others to check it out. There are micro tools that can scope out any sign of mold and IF it is found it can be dealt with.
In the meantime, please take a look at this link.....
Remove Mold and Mildew

I am sure there are others out there with good results also but you also can do the job yourself with products available that is if it is not that bad.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:26 PM   #20
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I was told that fire removes mold.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:48 PM   #21
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I was told that fire removes mold.
I am about to lose my home and you are cracking jokes?
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Mold spores are created by the mold as a means of propagating. The spores are released into the air and float to another surface where they land and begin a new mold colony. It's the mold spores that cause the health problems, not the mold itself.

To get rid of the mold spores you need to get rid of the mold. Here's how.

1 - Kill the mold. Vinegar kills almost all of the common types of mold that appear in people's home. Wet a cloth with pure vinegar and wipe away mold wherever you can see it. For harder to reach areas, use a spray bottle. Be diligent in looking for mold, it is usually found in the bathroom, under cupboards or around the tub or shower. It might be growing on the curtain or stall walls. In the kitchen, take out all of your dishes and food from cupboards and shelves and wash down with vinegar whether you see any mold or not.

2 - Clean the air. Once you are satisfied you have cleaned up all the mold growing in your home, it's time to get to work on getting rid of the spores that are already in the air. To do this, use all three of these natural green methods. The first is to burn beeswax candles. Doing so destroys positive ions in the air, which the spores use to move around . Next, get some plants, such as the Lady Palm, that actually clean the air, including removing mold spores. Finally, clean your carpets by covering them heavily with baking soda, letting them sit for a couple of hours, than vacuuming.

3 - Reduce the amount of water in the air. Once you've cleaned up all the mold in your home, you need to take measures to keep it from coming back. The first is to determine how much moisture you have in your air. The more moisture in the air, the more mold you'll have. If you don't have one, buy a thermometer that also has a humidity display. Humidity levels should be at or below 50% if you want to keep mold at bay. If you don't have central air, try buying a Dry-Out natural dehumidifier. It doesn't use any power to run and it makes no noise. Plus, it's very cheap.

4 - Fix water leaks. Another thing you need to do to keep mold from growing in your home is to fix any leaks under your sinks or showers. Anywhere there is a leak there is going to be moisture in the air, and that's all mold needs to live.

5 - Be vigilant. Once you've cleaned up all the mold you can find, and have cleaned your air of spores and got your humidity down, be sure to keep your eyes open for anything that might once again allow mold to start growing in your home. Especially watch the shower or bathtub and the curtains or stall walls. Wash them periodically, even if you don't see any mold.
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This kind of water damage is why roof inspections are recommended every six months.
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Mold remediation

I saw a program on tv where a mouldy house was wrapped in poly and a gaseous chemical was used to sanitize it. I don't recall any details, but it would likely be an option.
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I would contact the people at the following link:
Property Damage Services - Paul Davis

They have the equipment, chemicals and knowhow to completely dry the unit and test it for any mold problems. They are good. There is an office in King County. I just saw them last week at their annual convention - - good people.

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Working in the RV repair business I hear this kind of story quite frequently. I can assure you that the roof can indeed be fixed. The numbers being discussed sound very high but we don't have any pictures to see, and I obviously cannot see it in person. More importantly, unless you have specific 'mold' allergies a lot of this 'mold' concern is frivolous. I don't want to start a debate on mold, much like global warming, a lot of the concerns are way exaggerated and have become a cash cow for new upstart businesses. Many companies are cashing in big time on 'mold'.

Meanwhile have a read: The mold scare: Medical facts versus dubious myths - Houston Business Journal

I know it's a difficult time for you, but honestly this can be fixed.
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Fix it. Once they open up that roof they should be able to remove anything that is wet and let it dry out before replaceing with the new material. As mentioned check with an abatement company. I've never heard of anyone having to tear down a house for cause of mold. There must be ways to remedy that problem. Good Luck and keep us informed of how it goes.
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Bummer for sure. I am curious about how long this took to happen. You mentioned that the cause of this was some cheap sealant over bad caulk (something like that) by the people who sold it to you. I assume you did a roof inspection at time of purchase and the roof/caulk was good then. It was then parked under a carport. I also assume the roof stayed dry during that time. Then out into the elements when you moved? Was the roof inspected at that time? How often did you inspect the caulking on your roof? Just trying to understand how long water has been at work inside your roof/walls.
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