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How can we safely clean up mold? Our 1820 home was closed up for 15 mos, and developed a white mold problem.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 26, 2012 01:01 AM
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Our historic 1820 home (reputedly a stagecoach stop & on Underground Railroad) is charming but was quite a project BEFORE we suddenly shut it up for 16 months due to a health crisis. Kept heat on at 55, but developed white mold. House is not worth much more than the land, but we hope to sell it to someone who values history & wants to fix it up, feeling responsible to pass the torch. I fear someone will tear it down to rebuild. The furniture has a sheen of mold seen at the right angle. Bedcovers are moldy. House smells musty--not bad, though, considering. Built into a hillside with massive stone foundation, house has dirt/gravel basement floor. A few rooms on ground level have subfloor boards directly on dirt. Got an estimate for $8-10,000 to "decontaminate"--if contents of the house were already removed. Not an option, but precautions needed even for someone remove the contents. Suggestions? I need to act but am overwhelmed.




 

 

Our historic 1820 home (reputedly a stagecoach stop & on Underground Railroad) is charming but was quite a project BEFORE we suddenly shut it up for 16 months due to a health crisis. Kept heat on at 55, but developed white mold. House is not worth much more than the land, but we hope to sell it to someone who values history & wants to fix it up, feeling responsible to pass the torch. I fear someone will tear it down to rebuild. The furniture has a sheen of mold seen at the right angle. Bedcovers are moldy. House smells musty--not bad, though, considering. Built into a hillside with massive stone foundation, house has dirt/gravel basement floor. A few rooms on ground level have subfloor boards directly on dirt. Got an estimate for $8-10,000 to "decontaminate"--if contents of the house were already removed. Not an option, but precautions needed even for someone remove the contents. Suggestions? I need to act but am overwhelmed.

Judith,

This unfortunately is not a project which should be taken on by yourself.

I would greatly recommend you interview a few mold remediation companies to first find out the cost to have...



 

 

 
 
 

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