As we were doing laundry to go out of town, Mr. BFS looked up to see this staring back at him:
Pooper scooper and dang it all to heck and back, we have a leak next to the air vent on the ceiling of the laundry room. And some mold mildew to add to the party. Yay. And yes, I am bleeding sarcasm right now…
Now the question I have is: what is causing this? Our laundry area is in the garage which has above the garage storage directly over it. We checked that area and couldn’t find any obvious leaks or drips or water damage, so where did this wonderful piece of crap come from?
As we are heading out of town and it is not soggy to the touch, we will have to look into our options next week. While we are away, what would you suggest? Anyone in the Houston area have a handyman they would suggest? Or ever fixed something like this before? Have any idea what this could cost us?
UPDATE: It was mildew, not mold, yay!!! Thanks to a couple of comments here and a call from my mom, I did a little further investigating and took off the vent cover. There were no leaks or mildew inside of the compartment or in that very small gap between it and the affected space. Plus a simple treatment of 10% bleach and water killed off the mildew – changed colors and died right before my eyes. So yes, it was just the condensation from the vent that oozed next to it on the ceiling. We will replace that small section of dry wall before moving and will keep an eye on it until then. This has taught Mr. BFS and I to use the vent in there every single time the dryer is on. 🙂
The only positive I can see is that I now have an idea for a new series. Anytime I have an issue like this, I’ll post another episode of Adventures in Home Ownership. If any of you have an issue with your home that you would like to share:
Please snap a picture.
Describe the issue.
Describe the solution and its cost if you know of one.
Ask whatever questions of the group that you’d like.
Email all of that to me at budgetingfunstuff *at* gmail *dot* com
Maybe we can all save some money or time down the road. 🙂
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