We took a sharp knife and peeled back part of the paint near one of the blotches and discovered our worst nightmare, black mold. Every spot we checked was the same. We took out an entire wall near the toilet and found it encased in mold.
We began the arduous task of tearing out the bathroom walls. We found what we believe 3 separate sources of the mold. Source number 1 was behind the shower head wall. Now this is the biggest reason in the world not to use on of those over the shower head hanging caddies for shampoo and such. We found that pipe that goes to the shower head had bent and cracked. They had tied a pair of red stripe cotton capris around the leak and left it. It evidently continued to leak into the wall for an extended amount of time.
Behind the fiberglass shower walls was a thick layer of solid mold. That wall backed up to the kitchen which would need to be removed also, but I’m getting ahead of myself. In this same bathroom they had repaired a corroded sink pipe with electrical tape and just left it to continue rotting, so here is source number 2. Source number 3 was on that same sink where the pipes went through the floor to the basement and here we found the matching top to the capris tied around an old leak.
So before it was over, the only things left standing in this room were the bathtub and structural 2x4s (and even some of these had to be replaced). This room has all new plumbing and fixtures as well as walls, floor, ceiling and paint. This was a blessing in disguise because we also found all the faulty electrical (you know where they just twisted the wires together, cut off the ground and threw them into the wall behind a ‘new’ switch) and hired a reputable electrician to bring the entire house to code.
Since we had to do it anyway we decided to use bead board and old fashioned ceiling tiles to enhance the character of this old house.
It’s a hard room to photograph, but here’s the new bathroom:
Hi Tamy, I like your baking counter top – I like the low windows where you can glance outside at times while kneading bread doughs or preparing for baking. You and the Sgt. work very hard on you new crib. I can’t wait for the virtual tour, love to see the finished product. Don’t work too hard you two – take time for time out.
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Oh, Tamy, your old house is so lucky to finally have you as owners to take care of it! The “new old” bathroom looks just lovely.
I’m so sorry that you have had such hassles and outright dishonesty to deal with. Our old house had (and still has) problems too, but at least we knew about them! I’m sending you lots of wishes that “what goes around will come around” and your honesty, patience and care will eventually be rewarded many times over.
Your new bathroom looks so nice!
O.K. you’ve given me hope that I’m going to see the end of our remodel nightmare. We had to gut our kitchen because of mold. Next is the roof and then the master bathroom, and our home is only 18 years young. So wish they would have not skipped corners when it was built.
Love your new bathroom.
OH WOW THAT IS FREAKY
so that is what you have been busy with … im sry
this all you guys need to deal with now
The after photos are amazing! You’re doing such a great job!
Crikey mate, wish I could get my act into gear and just finish sanding the top of the one remaining wall in my bedroom, so I can paint that wall and move my bed back against it.
That is an amazing story, Tamy.
Your finished work is just beautiful.
I now have a much stronger sense of the phrase, ‘Let the buyer beware.’
what a job, lucky you found out before everyone got sick.
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