Re: Sewer backup - Mold - Posted by Dons
Posted by Dons on April 14, 2006 at 18:20:39:
FWIW We had the same situation in a condo we owned, and because it was caused by a problem for which the HOA had responsibility (the sewer system) they paid for the clean up and carpet/pad replacement. They got to it immediatly and we had no mold. But…
…we also had a flood at our home when the hose on the washing machine broke. (I’ll never have another rubber hose again!) The laundry room is on the first floor, the flood water ran down the furnace registers from both the flooded laundry room and flooded kitchen.
That’s when we learned furnace pipes don’t hold water! Duh! The water distributed through out the ceiling in the finished basement, destroyed one room, several walls and all the basement carpet/pad. What a mess. We had all the wet carpet, pad, and dry wall removed within 12 hours.
So our insurance company wanted mold testing done. The engineering firm they picked charged them $5000 to do the preliminary tests! Then wanted another $2500 after the new flooring and walls were to be installed. The insurance company then sent in a mold remediation contractor and he gave a “rough” estimate of between $60,000 and $150,000 to remove mold! Huh??? What a racket!
The insurance company wouldn’t pay that (even though it was they who sent this contractor to us for the quote), and our insurance company just had us get the contractor I normally use to replace all the dry walls, and flooring materials…$17,000.
No mold. Dry as a bone. Problem solved.
If the mold guys can get that kind of money I wonder why I am doing REI instead of mold remediation. Mold license…a license to steal.