What is this along the baseboards?

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tokimom88
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What is this along the baseboards?

Post by tokimom88 » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:53 am

Hey everyone, I need some help.
I'm renting a house and noticed that this is all along the baseboards in one of the washrooms. Is this just water damage? Potential mold? Could it become dangerous? I'm concerned because I have two small children.
Any advice greatly appreciated!
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A. Spruce
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Re: What is this along the baseboards?

Post by A. Spruce » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:10 am

I'm seeing water staining, currently. Because the baseboard is not caulked to the floor, water can get under/behind it and mildew/mold can develop. I would recommend cleaning the baseboard and floor well, then caulking that joint. Do the top of the baseboard as well, if the joint is open.
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Re: What is this along the baseboards?

Post by Shannon » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:57 pm

Yes looks like some water damage. I would assume this is near the tub/shower or toilet.
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Re: What is this along the baseboards?

Post by Tooltimetim » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:19 pm

Looks like fiber primed baseboard was installed, but never painted. Fiber baseboard sucks in moisture (especially in bathrooms) causing this type staining. Looks like a recent renovation? Unfortunately, a few things were missed. No Shoe molding shows this was done cheap. or didn't know, what they were doing.
For now, I would just reseal with any paint primer, then paint with a moisture resistant paint like Aura® Bath & Spa Paint etc This should fix the problem for many years.
Hope this helps.

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