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What tradie should I call for mould damage in kitchen?

By funkylovebunny - 25 February 2016 5

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I’d be grateful for recommendations of tradespersons for an issue we have in our kitchen.

Our dishwasher had a leak for a few weeks before we had it repaired. Now we think the flooring underneath must have some mould damage because there’s a very strong musty smell.

What kind of tradie do i need? A flooring person or a kitchen person? Any recommendations much appreciated.

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rommeldog56 8:31 am 28 Feb 16

WTC said :

If you have mould growing under the carpet or possibly even under floating floor boards, you will most likely need to have it replaced so I would be talking to a floorer. Once you get it in there it is nearly impossible to get it out.
If so, I would be phoning the insurance company as I believe most policys would cover damaged caused by the leak, such as ruined flooring.

As I recall, most insurance policies nowday’s do not cover “slow leaks” (which is defined in the policy terms & conditions) such as from leaking showers, a slow leak from a vanity basin or pipe, etc Rather, they will cover damage resulting from a “flood” event such as a burst pipe. Suggest you check your policy terms and conditions first if u are thinking about making a claim. Good luck.

gooterz 11:36 pm 27 Feb 16

Are you sure its not the repairman smell? Some of them are pretty musty.

If you had the dishwasher leak and just repaired and replaced. You might need to have it pulled out from where it is and just let the area dry. I doubt it will be dry quickly underneath a washer.

You failed to mention the type of floor you have and how long ago it was repaired.
It could have been months or years ago.

Best bet is to redo the floor yourself. Under the dishwasher no one will see it anyway.

WTC 7:35 am 27 Feb 16

If you have mould growing under the carpet or possibly even under floating floor boards, you will most likely need to have it replaced so I would be talking to a floorer. Once you get it in there it is nearly impossible to get it out.
If so, I would be phoning the insurance company as I believe most policys would cover damaged caused by the leak, such as ruined flooring.
Isa Street Carpets are good and well-priced

Other causes of the smell might be that the dish washer was not reinstalled properly.

funkylovebunny 11:10 pm 26 Feb 16

The leak was due to a hole in the hose. I didn’t make a claim on insurance because I doubt it would be covered. It cost roughly $200 to repair and I think my insurance excess is $1000, so there was no point in claiming at the time, before we became aware of the mould issue.

AlanAllb 7:39 am 26 Feb 16

I would have thought your insurance company would handle all that?

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