B/P Services Group, Inc recently visited a prospect who was clueless on what to do when his air conditioner unit located on the roof of the townhouse he owned started leaking water while out of town. Our first observation was the fact that this needed to be taken care of forthwith to prevent further damage. As a precaution, I always don a mask when looking at mold jobs. There was mold spreading everywhere and as I was looking around and measuring, the owner was following me trying to direct me on what can be "covered up" and what HAS to be replaced. See, he had the unit for sale for a while and he wanted to unload it for whatever he got for it. I asked him very curiously, "cover up?" He said, "yeah, cover it it up with Kilz. That's what I do when I have a small leak."
This was in no way, shape or form to have Kilz anywhere near this place. I mean, this is a lawsuit waiting to happen. This place needed to be gutted down to the studs, have all insulation removed and replace the HVAC unit as well as all of the carpet and tile flooring.
You can imagine what it smells like in here just by the photos.
This place was just crawling with mold and was in need of a level 3 restoration. Forget protocol. It was obvious this was a complete "gutout". We could have handled the entire job under one roof since we are also a certified general contractor.
We did not get awarded this job which could have been a blessing from above. The owner was not willing to pull any permits and wanted a company to come in and cover up as much as possible. We do not do that sort of thing or get involved with clients who want to do things as they see them, rather than the right way things should be done as a certified mold remediation contractor. I really feel sorry for the buyer of this place. If they do not get a real good inspector who does due diligence on this place, they could be looking for trouble down the road. I doubt he would disclose the mold issue. He seemed to be the kind of guy who would do that. Needless to say, I booked out of there in disgust.
Usually, in a case like this, one might want to look for a mold certified environmentalist. This person is qualified to write protocol and direct us to what needs to be replaced and what can just be cleaned in order to bring the home back to an inhabitable environment.
If any realtors in the South Florida area need any type of advice on mold or structural issues, please feel to contact me.
Good luck all!