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I have 'domicile cup fungus' (I think?) in the corner of the

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I have 'domicile cup fungus' (I think?) in the corner of the bathroom in my rented office premises. Do I need to call an expensive expert, or can I sort it myself?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Fungus usually always is a sign of water under or behind the spot where it is growing
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Removing the fungus and cleaning the area is only a temporary fix.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
The water source must be found. It can be a very slow leak from a supply pipe or drain.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Often the wall or floor has to be opened up to find the leak.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Before calling a professional try to see if there are any visible problems
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
I will list some possibilities.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
1. Sink faucett leaking on top or under the sink.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
2: drain leaking under sink
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
3: water connection to toilet leaking under tank or at wall or floor.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
4: toilet tank sweating
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
5: Water leaking over side of shower or tub also shower curtain hanging outside tub
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
These are some of the easier to find possibilities .
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
It usually takes a professional to find other type leaks.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If you can find one of these easier sources of moisture the fungus can be removed ,The water problem corrected and the area can be cleaned.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
In many cases the wood near or at the fungus is damaged and the water source is not apparent.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
In cases like this you need
a professional to fix the leak and repair the damage.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
The money spent now is often better spent than having a major repair down the line.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
In a rental situation the owner is usually responsible unless there is a written agreement stating this type of water damage repair is caused by misuse.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
In some cases the tenant may be willing to pay for obvious misuse or carelessness.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Getting back to your question unless you have the skills and the time I would suggest calling an expert.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
NOTE: Be sure to use licensed and insured contractors.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If you do decide to do it your self removal and clean up is usually a temporary fix.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
It is possible if the water source was a one time event or has been stopped that clean up and removal could work.
Treat the area with a mild clorox and water solution
25/clorox 75 water