04:47AM | 07/14/05
Member Since: 07/13/05
2 lifetime posts
I'm having a custom home built in Florida. The wood framing materials sat partially in mud for a couple weeks and got wet as well from rain as it lay in stacks. The framing is now installed but not yet dried in. The pine wood has turned somewhat gray in color and there is obvious mold growing on some of the wood. Is there a way to remedy this situation? Someone suggested that I pressure wash it. Thoughts please and thanks!


07:27AM | 07/15/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
The gray stains are common on pine and fir lumber and actually are known as blue stain, and is caused by fungal growth. This is NOT a toxic mold species. You can learn more about blue-stained lumber by doing a search on the internet. Lots of information.

That your contractor allowed framing lumber to be in contact with the ground and exposed to weather is a poor practice. This can damage lumber and who wants to carry around muddy wood anyway. I do not suspect a significant mold issue, but you could test it, and the test results would give you lots of leverage if positive for stachybaccterus or other toxic species. A light spray of dilute bleach(at least 10-parts water) will inhibit or kill any growth.

Don't do anything on the site without informing the General Contractor. Express your concerns about the careless work practices to the general contractor. He has a reputation to protect and should be more closely policing his subs. Let him know your concerns.


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