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Old 09-17-2017, 07:55 AM   #1
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My AS was flooded in August 2016 and I know all wood is shot and most appliance. What of the insulation between the inter and outer aluminum. And mold is this going to be a problem. I am 63 and have some problems with my legs so removing and reinstalling the liner would be near imposable. I would like to save the trailer as I have had 20 years. any opinions would be helpful Billy
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:57 AM   #2
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You could buy a mold test kit (about $10 or so) set it up in the trailer according to the directions and send it into the lab (for $25 or so) and they will tell you what you got.

There are various types of mold, such as penicillin which is harmless. Black mold is the health problem.
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Pulling the plywood flooring out and replacing it will be a major undertaking. Swapping out cabinets also will take some effort. On the walls, a lot depends on how high the water got. You have electrical and gas lines behind the walls as well as insulation. Stuff like wire nuts do not like to be soaked in water ....

So - how high did the water get?

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Old 09-17-2017, 01:41 PM   #4
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My AS was flooded in August 2016 . . .
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Is 2016 accurate, as in over a year ago?



There are volunteer inspectors available here, and I would urge you to have the trailer inspected ASAP. Go to the Portal tab at the top left of this page. When the new page opens, on the right will be a system for finding an inspector in Louisiana.

With your physical limitations, you might want to prepare yourself for the possibility that the cost of repair and rehab might be prohibitive IMO.

Good luck,

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If it got wet with dirty flood water I would pretty much assume it's going to have mold. It's a very high likelihood considering it would take a long time to dry out. Also likely in the floor and any wood cabinets.

Call a mold remediation company and at least get some testing.

Call an exterminator. There are mold killing fuming agents out there. They might be able to tent and gas the trailer.

You could also try a bunch of these, but they may not be to effective at getting between the metal skins.
http://shop.biocidelabs.com/Mold-Bom...d-Bomb-can.htm
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Old 09-17-2017, 07:11 PM   #6
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If it *has* been a year since the trailer went under water, there are a lot of processes that have gotten going. Waiting a year to do something is not a real good way to do it.

Truth in lending - there's a mold patch in the basement at home that I'll get around to one of these days. It's been there for ... errr ... years ...

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Wow, that's a tough situation. If it comes down to it, you might be better off paying someone to do a complete demolition of the interior fixtures that can't be sanitized with bleach, and possibly the interior walls as well. Fiberglass does not support life, and so it might possible to kill off any mold there, or just strip it out and re insulate it. The 12VDC wiring would probably be ok, but the 120VAC would probably need to be replaced if it was submerged.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:54 AM   #8
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Any electrical fixture (lights, switches, outlets, thermostats) that went underwater is likely damaged. That's regardless of 120V / 12V. Airstream uses wire nuts here and there for interconnects. They have an iffy performance after being dunked. Again, since it's corrosion, 12V vs 120V really does not matter.

Back to the most basic question -- how far under water did the trailer go?

Sitting here by the coast, watching the surge cover the beach - was it fresh water or salt water?

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. . . any opinions would be helpful . . .
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Back to the most basic question -- how far under water did the trailer go?
. . . was it fresh water or salt water?
Good questions Bob.

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