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Question DetailsAsked on 11/15/2017

ISO contractor - league city area - had a leak recently and discovered a large black spot in a closet ceiling

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Not sure what you are asking.

If you hired a contractor to solve a leak, or to clear up mold after a leak (presumably a roof or pipe leak), and they failed to to solve the leak or did not find the mold in the closet then I would call them back so solve that issue.

Whether you get the work for free or have to pay more if a differnet issue. If a leak reoccurred where the original leak was or a leaking pipe releaked at the same point, I would say the repair should be free. If the leak popped up somewhere else, much more of a gray matter - because frequently a roof leak for instance will occur one place in the roofing, but pop up visibly lower down on the roof by the time it gets into the attic - so sometimes takes a couple of trips to locate the actual leak, especially if not using thermal infrared to locate the extent of the wet roofing and track it back to the uphill source.

[Note - used to be $1000-2000 for a pretty bump-sensitive thermal scanning camera, but now about $150-400 for decent ones good for finding wet spots or hot/cold spots, so the point has been reached where I would recommend only dealing with roof leak contractors who use a thermal scanner to locate leak sources unelss the source is real obvious - visible on the roof for isntance].

If the contractor was a mold remediation contractor, then he should agree to come back andfix it - free if he originally gave you a lump-sum price for the job UNLESS the closet mold was concealed by clothing or boxes or such at the time), or at the normal hourly rate he charged during the work if you paid hourly - without any separate transit or setup charge if he had one.

One other possibility - that this spot is not relatd to the original problem. Have clothing or tightly packed boxes in contact with an exterior surface (ceiling below an unheated attic or outside wall) and you can commonly get mildew/mold at that point because the clothing/boxes insulate the surface well enough that it gets much colder in the winter, enough so that moisutre from the household air condenses and forms mildew/mold. Common when clothing, especially a good insulator like a winter coat or uniform or wool sweater or such, is pushed tight against the outside wall end of a clothes rod - the reason why all closets in cold winter areas should have standoff battens on the inside surface of outside walls to create an airgap at the wall surface by holding the clothing away from the wall.

If the repair you paid for was a leak repair, then the mold showed up, unless the leak repair specifically included removing wet material and mold remediation, though the contractor should have told you if he saw a pool of water or wet insulation or such so you could get it removed and dried out, normally that would not be part of his scope. A plumber repairing a pipe would be expected to wipe up any pool of water after the leak to the extent he could reach it.

If you are looking for a contractor to remediate this, Mold Testing and Remediation (you obviously dop not need the testing part) is the normal Search the List category for this. For aprobably somewhat less professiopnal cleanup/repair but cheaper by a lot, most Handymen will remove the moldy drywall, remove wet insulation, dry out and kill the mold above, patch the drywall and put in new insulation as appropriate, and repaint the ceiling. Commonly for a spot repair like this, one place without a lot of mold above, in the $500 range complete - sometimes a couple hundred more to bring in a drywall specialist if the ceiling has a specific texture which needs to be replicated.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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