Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23

Thread: mold problem!!!! built in Cabs

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Delton, Michigan
    Posts
    17,471

    mold problem!!!! built in Cabs

    these are some drawers that i made and were built in to a knee wall with fiberglass insulation put on the walls and not in between the cabs.. and now 4 yrs later they are having this problem which has caused the drawers to swell up enough to restrict opening easily.. which lead them to the discovery of this any ideas on how to fix the problem?

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMGP0765.jpg 
Views:	69 
Size:	27.8 KB 
ID:	73066Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMGP0766.jpg 
Views:	63 
Size:	28.7 KB 
ID:	73067Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMGP0767.jpg 
Views:	61 
Size:	23.1 KB 
ID:	73068Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMGP0770.jpg 
Views:	61 
Size:	28.4 KB 
ID:	73069Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMGP0771.jpg 
Views:	62 
Size:	26.5 KB 
ID:	73070Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMGP0772.jpg 
Views:	59 
Size:	33.2 KB 
ID:	73071Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMGP0773.jpg 
Views:	52 
Size:	37.1 KB 
ID:	73072
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Posts
    4,698
    Ouch! That doesn't look good at all. I think the real question is where is the moisture coming from, if you solve that you solve the problem. I know you aren't going to like this (I know I sure wouldn't) but I think you'll probably at least have to either put a hole in the back there or pull that cabinet out to see whats going on. When you have mold you definitely want to nick it in the bud!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    new york city burbs
    Posts
    10,188
    let them fix the water leak problem coming into the walls, clean out the mold then remake the drawers.

    is that an attic wall, if so, Im doing the same thing in my attic bedroom right now, putting in drawers and doors in that space.
    Human Test Dummy

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Delton, Michigan
    Posts
    17,471
    i dont think this is a water leak, could be but i think its just no insulation in the area between the drawer units?? and causing condensation there from the hating and cooling of the room
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Posts
    5,011
    Any way to get back there and insulate/condition the space behind that knee wall? Unless you eliminate the source of that cold air you're always gonna have the potential for more problems just like this.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Delton, Michigan
    Posts
    17,471
    ted they insulated all around it, floor joist area and the short wall area,, the only place with insulation is between the two cabinets a distance of maybe 5" between the cabinets
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    4,005
    What was used for insulation? How was it done? What is the vapor barrier? What is the room under this spot? Where is the dryer vent? where is the bath fan vent?
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,439
    Looks like condensation building up on the glides and getting splashed on the wall when opened/closed to me. Is there any vapor barrier to kill the air flow around the cabs? Insulation isn't going to stop air flow and moisture from coming in and condensating on the metal. Can the units d be pulled out and put back with vapor barrier around/in the opening?
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    3,383
    Looks like condensation to me. I'm wondering about air movement.

    I've had this sort of thing in two houses now. In both houses there was a closet that ran along an outside wall. If we piled clothes up on the shelf right against the wall, then over the winter it would get cold there and you'd get moisture and mold. Our solution was to have an air gap.

    Couple years ago I built a bonus room over the garage. It's well insulated, but still, it's over a garage, so it is not as warm as the house. While my daughters bed was being built I just threw a mattress on the floor right in the corner, an outside corner. After a month, there was mold growing on the baseboard behind the mattress. Again, the issue was that it was an outside corner, with no air movement.

    Insulation in most(?) houses only slows the transmission of heat, it does not stop it. Here you've got an exposed area sticking out into the kneewall, so I'm betting that it's gradually going to get cold in those corners up against the insulation, and moisture will condense there which leads to mold. Is there any way you can get some air circulation through that space?
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
    www.wordsnwood.com ........ facebook.com/wordsnwood

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Delton, Michigan
    Posts
    17,471
    [QUOTE=Chuck Thoits;356355]What was used for insulation? fiber glass
    How was it done? fiber glass laid on the outside and stapled in place no vapor barrier
    What is the vapor barrier?
    What is the room under this spot? living room
    Where is the dryer vent? oppsite corner of the house down stairs
    where is the bath fan vent? bath vent is out he back of the house
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

Similar Threads

  1. painted cabs
    By Stephen Bellinger in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-07-2011, 10:02 PM
  2. Some Quicky Cabs
    By Stuart Ablett in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-27-2010, 04:00 AM
  3. Pecan cabs and Oak Floor?
    By Steve Southwood in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-20-2010, 02:33 PM
  4. Mold
    By Travis Porter in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 09-07-2007, 02:14 PM
  5. Bathroom Cabs
    By Matt Dunlap in forum Finishing School
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-25-2007, 09:24 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •