Building my dream shop #8: Mobile home nightmare

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Blog entry by rep posted 08-02-2010 05:48 AM 6262 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I expected to have some repairs to do when I purchased the used trailer, but this has exceeded my expectations.

Been trying to get a sour smell out of the trailer since I got it. So far have removed flooring in laundry room, partial wall in laundry room, door to laundry room, partial wall in kitchen, kitchen cabinet, and today – pulled up the two layers of vinyl flooring in the kitchen.

Kitchen Floor Removal

On the up side, I have removed all carpet and vinyl, buried the water line from the well, replaced the water heater, installed the underground power pole and wires, coated the roof, removed the old furnace/AC, moved in a heat pump, and repaired some water damaged framing.

I have to connect the sewer, install underpinning, install 2 doors, install front steps, and put down some flooring – so we can move in before September. Also have some more water damage to frame to fix.

Water damage to frame

Hope to get back to the shop soon. Gotta build a set of cabinets for the kitchen now !

-- rick

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 06:48 AM

That sure looks like black mold. You’ll need to use a professional mold remover chemical to get rid of it. It’s the nasty stuff that makes a home sale stop dead in its tracks until mitigated.

For smells, you might try Nature’s Miracle from any pet store. Another trick is to get a black light ($15?) from a hardware store and use it at night to find the ‘spots’ that need treating. Typically, it would fluoresce yellow for urine (organic) stains. After treatment it fluoresces white. You can’t see it without the black light. Instructions are on the bottle. I use saran wrap after applying to keep it wet longer, but I live in Colorado where stuff dries in minutes instead of hours.

Hope that helps?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 02:21 PM

I should have mentioned that we had the pros come out and check the mold situation. We are following their instructions on cleanup and removal.

The smell is a sour clothes smell – not pet urine. I think there must have been an incident in the laundry room that may have been covered up with the second vinyl floor. There is also the musty-old trailer smell that should dissipate once we get things cleaned up and aired out.

-- rick

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 05:44 PM

As a comment on the first comment… Not all mold which is black is black mold.

Sour smell… I’d have a bunch of suggestions, but it looks like you’ve pulled out all of the things which would hide them. Usual culprits are; dead animal under house, dead animal under fridge, dead animal under dishwasher, dead animal under kitchen sink cabinet, dead animal interred above insulation and under sub-floor. Actually from looking at my list it seems most of my suggestions involve a dead animal.

-- I'm looking forward to regretting this.

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