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Jun 19, 2020
Jul 1, 2020

I agree with what Yuri said and would like to add that it is imporatant to have it removed properly so as not to cross contaminate. Mold spores are microscopic in size and easily dispersed if not handled correctly.

Jun 22, 2020
Jul 1, 2020

The addition of a ceiling fan will not actually reduce the temperature, however the increased air flow will make you feel more comfortable.

Jun 19, 2020

The leak and mold are time sensitive. Mold can be hazardous to your health. Dealing with mold properly means removing the sheetock and insulation once the leak is fixed. Don't let anyone tell you they can seal it in place and paint ove it. It must be removed. The foundation work can get vey expensive if you wait too long so don't put that off too long.

Hope this helps.

Lisa Fears asked:

Nov 13, 2015

Roan Cornay answered:

Jun 7, 2020

Having worked as a sales rep for Leaf Filter myself, let me say that I feel your pain. You have to get up there and clean them off or wait for a strong wind which is not likely to remove all debris up there. You can of course opt to call them up and demand that they take care of it since you do have a lifetime guarantee. I quit Leaf Filter as a salesman because I eventually realized that the company grossly overprices their product and makes claims that, in the real world, are simply not true. Leaf Filter wants to charge customers $30 a foot for their gutter protection while you can actually get something equally as good if not better for less that $3 a foot!  Here's an example: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gutter-Guard-by-Gutterglove-4-ft-L-x-5-in-W-Stainless-Steel-Micro-Mesh-Gutter-Guard-10-Pack-THD40/300252780?

Lisa Arnett asked:

Mar 30, 2020

Mason Hearn of HomeMasons, Inc. PRO answered:

Jun 3, 2020

We did this a year or so ago... sounds like what you are looking for.  Professionally constructed, I believe it was around $25K... Richmond, VA area.

Apr 7, 2020

Mason Hearn of HomeMasons, Inc. PRO answered:

Jun 3, 2020

That is going to vary depending on where you live, the particulars of your home construction, as well as particulars of your planned "pop-top".  Here in Richmond, VA, the structure and exteriors, plus a window or two for a relatively narrow dormer runs in the $10-12,000 range... before you make interior renovations to the bathroom which presumably you may be seeking.

I am guessing that you may be interested in something wide than a 3-4 foot typical dormer.  Well, things become much more structurally complicated in a Cape roof, the wider this pop-top becomes.  As the roof loads become asymmetrical, beams and opposing side structural work will likely become involved (ie: you may have to add structure on the OTHER side of the house, and a beam at the peak of the roof... possibly posting-down to the foundation, to balance the load).  I have seen those go to $30,000+... again, before you start adding in the bath renovations below.  I know; sounds shocking but in order to maintain the structural integrity of your roof, these things may be neccessary.

Apr 26, 2020

Mason Hearn of HomeMasons, Inc. PRO answered:

Jun 3, 2020

Not much info here to make a determination.  Drainage issues can be tricky.  Depends on what the builder was engaged to do (was the contract specific about installation of a certain system, or was it a performance specification?).  If the contractor is a member of a local chapter of a trade association, such as the NAHB or NARI, they typically have ethics panels who can look at the issue and help you determine what you should have expected of your contractor.  Likewise, if your state has a Board for Contractors.

So many people today resort to the threat of negative online reviews, but please be careful how you use those.  That may be unfair to the contractor if there are contractual stipulations or specs he was to follow, and he may have done as contractually required, so trashing him online may not be warranted and can unjustly ruin the well-meaning contractor's means of livelihood.

You may also discuss your issue by engaging a legal professional.  Again, hopefully that professional can review the agreement and determine whether there is cause for pursuit - what obligations the contractor had to you, and whether he has met those or not.

As committed industry professionals, we want to know that our peers are dealing fairly with their clients.  I hope that you can come to understand rights and obligations in this case and resolve reasonably to your satisfaction.  

Apr 20, 2020

There are exhaust fans that have a filter and move the air in the bathroom but do not vebt to the outside, this takes cae of the odor. To address the mold you can repaint the bathroom ceiling with a quality paint like Emerald from Sherwin Williams and add a mildew inhibitor to the paint. (it is a liquid that you add to the paint that stops mold from growing) We have used it several times in bathooms and our clients have never called us saying the mold is back. I would also highly recomend leaving the bathroom door open after you shower so that the steam does not stay in the bathoom.

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