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Old 01-25-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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I’m remodeling my guest bathroom and while pulling up the baseboards decided to look under the Tarkett linoleum flooring. All round the tub area and toiled is white and black mold/mildew. Not really sure which so I took a picture. We have not used this bathtub since moving in (6 months ago) and know the house was vacant for about 3-5 years before moving in. What are my options and what should I do about this? Do I just use a bleach solution to kill the mold because I would really like to keep the Tarkett floors. I've never dealt with anything like this so would really appreciate advice.

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Old 01-25-2010, 06:44 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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Looks like you'll have to replace the sub floor. Rip out the linoleum too.

Fortunately, it looks like your tub isn't leaking, the folks that lived there before prob'ly didn't use a bath mat.

Go with tile in the bathroom.

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Old 01-25-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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That looks like a 1/4" luan sheet for the vinyl flooring. The sub floor may be fine. Is the luan soft where the mold is? If not, and the floor is still level I would clean her with whatever recommended mold killer cleaner and redress the vinyl.

Just make sure you take steps to remediate why the floor was getting that damp to begin with.
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:56 AM
 
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You have to pitch the Tarkett linoleum. The bottom is too porus. It can't be saved.

You won't need to replace the subfloor. I've seen terrible mold on wood from flooding and the wood didn't need to be replaced.

Be thankful the seal along the edge of the bathtub is intact. That means the mold isn't likely under the bathtub.

Kill the mold with bleach. Air out with a fan after the mold is killed and removed. Let it air out for a few weeks to make sure it doesn't grow back before installing the new flooring.

If it grows back during the few weeks after using bleach, you can increase the attack by buying a special chemical. You DON'T want to use it unless absolutely necessary.

Give the bleach a try first. It should work fine. Usually mold grows back because it wasn't all killed or it wasn't properly ventilated afterwards or the weather was humid.

You'll need to install a tile floor to resolve the moisture problem. Tile is the only type of flooring that is sealed for water.

btw, it is mold.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:07 AM
 
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Before you start to remove it, you need to identify if it's BLACK mold. If it is, you need to be very careful that you don't kick up spores into the air while removing it.

You don't want the spores in the air because they are deadly for your health, but they will also setting elsewhere in your house.

Here's a How To on identifying black mold: How to Identify Black Mold | eHow.com
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Ridgewood
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Hope,

The information in that link is not impressive. Step #5. Contact a home inspector to do an inspection for mold. Oy Vey!


Here's a link to mold information from an industrial hygenist.

Mould Health Effects: State of knowledge (mold)
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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Hope,

The information in that link is not impressive. Step #5. Contact a home inspector to do an inspection for mold. Oy Vey!


Here's a link to mold information from an industrial hygenist.

Mould Health Effects: State of knowledge (mold)
Have you noticed that after insurance companies started to fight over mold damage the all of the hype on the news went away....
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Old 01-26-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Hopes and Threerun gave you excellent advice - no need to panic. Make positively certain you find the cause of this problem. Also, do you have excellent ventiliation for this bathroom?
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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So we decided to go with tile so this problem does not come back. We figured the problem was because the previous owners didn't glue the linoleum down. It was only held in place by base boards, so if any water splashed out of the shower it would go right under the linoleum.

Any tips on what color tile to buy, trying to keep it low cost. Walls are going to be a deep green and vanity and trim is bright white.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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After further inspection the mold is all the way through the sub floor and it needs to be replaced, so we are working on that now.
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