First Timer

08:39AM | 10/16/00
Member Since: 10/11/00
8 lifetime posts

Thanks for your excellent response.

I tried contacting our inspector immediately. It seems he has gone out of business, or more accurately, dropped off the face of the earth. But the 30-day bit of information is something I did not know, thanks.

The freezing pipes incident is something I need more information on, but the previous owner is still doing everything they can to cover this up. It was an insurance claim however. Is there a way I can find out who insured the home i.e., some sort of public record? The insurance company probably has documentation of this incident.

The basement-flooding problem is surmountable. The water proofing specialist all say it is a ground water problem. The French drain idea was recommended by one of them. I'm concerned this would be a temporary fix. The yard needs to be re-graded...very expensive. It appears that a yard around a home will accumulate a grade towards (over some time) the house and needs to be re-graded. The seller's claim it must of started leaking when we moved in.

Best regards,


10:30AM | 10/16/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
First Timer, you said: "Found out pipes froze when previous owners were on vacation - flooded house. Will I have mold growing in the house?" AND you also said you bought the house in Feb. '99. That's over a year and a half ago. If we suppose the previous owner didn't go on vacation right before selling the house, then it's been quite awhile since this occured.
If there was going to be a mold problem, it would have peaked a long time ago. You would have seen it, smelled it, etc.
Since there was an insurance claim, it seems logical that the insurance company repaired the damage in a way that solved the problem.

First Timer

05:01PM | 10/16/00
Member Since: 10/11/00
8 lifetime posts

Thanks for your response. We feel you are probably accurate about the insurance fixing the problem correctly.

Do you have any experience with mold? How common is strachybot-rysatra? The insect damage I referred must of went undiscovered for some time. It seems there was an attempt to repair the drywall around said windows. The probable cause was water. Side 2 x 4's are water stained - header 2 x 4 new. Also there was black, furry mold hiding under the window trim. I'm afraid to get it tested. I here you get condemned from your home - everything stays inside. Are there home test kits?


07:43AM | 10/18/00
Member Since: 01/31/00
76 lifetime posts
The only thing that I can suggest is try going through their old lender to get their homeowner's insurance co's name. If there was a lien on the house, they would be required to carry homeowner's insurance. Their lienholder would have the information. I just don't know if they can legally disclose it. I wish you luck!


03:21AM | 10/19/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I don't know how to deal with the mold, but I think you don't need to fear getting it tested. Nobody will condemn your house and possessions.
Last year we (in N.C.) experienced lots of flooded houses from hurricane Floyd. You wouldn't believe the mold in the house I helped repair. The floors and a couple of feet of wall were completely immersed by muddy water for days. The floors and lower half of walls and insulation had to be replaced. The house is now better than ever. (Fortunately, my friend was one of the few who had flood insurance.)
Which reminds me - you never said where the frozen pipe was.. 1st floor, 2nd floor, crawl space, ?? How large an area was flooded? Did it get floors, walls, or ?
An interior wall that's not insulated would not be as much of a problem as an exterior wall. Most insulation is like a sponge.

First Timer

11:18PM | 10/20/00
Member Since: 10/11/00
8 lifetime posts
"Which reminds me - you never said where the frozen pipe was.. 1st floor, 2nd floor, crawl space, ?? How large an area was flooded? Did it get floors, walls, or ?"

It was on/in the second floor. I'm told by the neighbor that discovered it (owners were on vacation) that the water was coming out the basement windows. This is probably why the furnace is all rusted! Anyways, I assume that the house flooded a lot. They must have gotten a huge water bill. Is there a way to get my hands on old water bills?

Sorry to hear about the flooding in your area. I hope things are returning to normal.

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