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Old 11-23-2015, 05:56 PM   #1
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Moldy Toad

We vacationed overseas for a month. Upon my return I went to check on my toad in storage. It is a Chevy Tracker FWD. I leave it covered with a breathing cover. I took the cover off the vehicle to find that the windows were fogged up on the inside. When I opened the driver's side door I was taken back by the smell of mildew and mold. The inside looked like a Petrie Dish. Almost every inch was covered with mold.

It was obvious that something leaked rain water inside as the carpet was sopping wet. I Started the engine and ran the heater to dry the glass surfaces. I didn't want to sit or do anything inside. I have asthma and in just a few minutes I was running for my rescue inhaler.

I called the insurance company (USAA) and they started a claim and will send an adjuster.

Has anybody had something similar happen to them? The Tracker is a 2001 in good condition but given my health problems I really am concerned about the remedies.
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:34 PM   #2
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I'm sorry to hear that. I also have asthma, and know your pain. Mold will be present inside everything stuffed, under dash, etc. Were it me, I'd find it a new home after ins. settlement.
There is a product to coat and seal mold contaminated items. I found it at a big-box hardware store. It can be bought in areosol-form to spray under the dash, etc. Croncrobium Products
but I have no idea what it will do to electricals.
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I talked with my insurance people today. USAA aren't the the same people I started with 45 years ago. The new bunch are nondescript and weasely. I asked what was covered and does the cause matter. All I got was a dance on the other end of the phone. So, I don't know if a windshield leak or a flood would be covered. Since I was not there at the time I do not know what caused the water intrusion. It is stored in a swampy woodsy area (isn't all of FL) that may or may not have flooded. It didn't leak when I put it back there and it was covered.
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:22 PM   #4
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Even without Asthma mold is very serious. Where I live if mold is found in a building workplace health and safety padlocks the building. Your insurance should cover this under comprehensive. Don't take no for an answer! If you are sol please get a professional to fix the problem. You sure don't need to aggravate your asthma!
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