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    Default Leak from outside - now what?

    Our landlord is willing to do what needs to be done. He's just never had a problem like this before. He thinks he can seal the outside himself. What needs to be done on the inside after having a leak come through the wall into a half basement? I posted on this before with the story of what happened.

    We've had the carpet and pad up and drying. The musty smell is actually getting worse as the week goes on (No more water coming in that we know of. Should we dry it with the window open or closed? Take all furniture out and let them sit in the sun to help get out the musty smell? Does the carpet need to be replaced? Or the pad?

    Since it came through the wall, should we cut into the sheet rock to see what the damage is?

    We don't want this to get out of hand and we want to stay here, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Do you have renters insurance? They would know the best way to manage and mitigate the damage. If it is dry outside, I would haul things out if possible. My bff runs a fan to set up an air current to help things dry faster.

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    To be honest, the landlord should remove the carpet, cut off the bottom portion of the drywall that was wet and check for more or worse damage hiding in the walls. No one should have to live with mold. The quick/easy way out TEMPORARY fix is to waterproof the outside of the foundation himself. If I am recalling correctly, its like buying a bucket of driveway sealant and painting the foundation. BUT why put a band aid now and wait for it to happen again? I'd rather fix it right the first time.

    If its within his budget - he should have a pro's come in to check for the damage - foundation specialists if not a certified contractor.

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    Carpets, walls, Sheetrock, etc, should all be the responsibility of the landlord. It's his building, and he is the one who should have the insurance to pay for it. I would not open up walls or do anything like that. Then you are responsible for the damage you cause to the building. It's up to the landlord to make sure his building is not harboring mold.

    It can't hurt to expose the furniture and your possessions to sunlight. Some of it might not be salvageable.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks everyone. We have been moving things out into the sunlight or running clothes through a vinegar rinse. Landlord is willing to do what is necessary. He's just never had to deal with this before so he doesn't know what is necessary. I'm putting out feelers to help him get an idea of what to do. I don't think we will lose anything ourselves except maybe mattresses for our bed that we originally got for free.

    We are even preparing for the possibility of moving if the mold is too bad.

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    Again, it's the landlord's job to fix the problem and that includes finding out what to do. If he doesn't know, it's up to him to call in an expert and/or do the research. You shouldn't have to do anything except deal with your own personal property.

    If the inside of the walls are moldy and the basement walls are leaking water to such an extent, there may be building codes and/or health codes to consider.

    I haven't seen the other thread you mentioned, so maybe I'm missing something about why you're having to deal with this instead of the owner of the property.

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    Unless there is literally NO OTHER PLACE TO LIVE, you need to move. Even if you have a lease, it is now broken - by the landlord. He has to hold up his end of the bargain by providing a safe and livable space. Some would say you can sue him for your moving costs. Personally, I wouldn't bother.

    This person OWNS the property which puts him in a position of having a ton more resources than you do. If he has never dealt with anything like this then he needs to hire professionals and get that fix in place quickly to protect his investment.

    MOVE MOVE MOVE

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    He's going to. He's contacting his insurance company and a good contractor to look at things. We are looking at ads in preparation for a move. We do want to see what the professionals say so that we can have a good argument if we need one. Makes it easier if we can quote someone.

    The smell and mustiness is contained in the one room, so far. We're dealing with the mess and inconvenience until we know a little more.

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    Well, a month out from the last post, and we were still having enough health issues to make things uncomfortable. I was getting lethargic and fuzzy headed. It would only clear up when I left the house for extended periods of time. Of course, because I was fuzzy headed, I didn't immediately connect it to the mold issue until I caught a cold. When I woke up with more energy and alertness despite less sleep and lung capacity, I knew something was up. Went to the doctor to document things and make sure medications were right (I also have other health problems that COULD have been contributing besides the mold issue, so we wanted to make sure). Then we called a mold remediation specialist to get recommendations. Based on those things, we sent an email to the landlords. They have agreed to let us out of our contract if we desire. We will be discussing things tonight and getting back to them. Probably take them up on it.

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