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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: 10 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Fungus usually always is a sign of water under or behind the spot where it is growing
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Removing the fungus and cleaning the area is only a temporary fix.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
The water source must be found. It can be a very slow leak from a supply pipe or drain.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Often the wall or floor has to be opened up to find the leak.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Before calling a professional try to see if there are any visible problems
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
I will list some possibilities.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
1. Sink faucett leaking on top or under the sink.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
2: drain leaking under sink
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
3: water connection to toilet leaking under tank or at wall or floor.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
4: toilet tank sweating
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
5: Water leaking over side of shower or tub also shower curtain hanging outside tub
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
These are some of the easier to find possibilities .
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
It usually takes a professional to find other type leaks.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months 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 10 months ago.
In many cases the wood near or at the fungus is damaged and the water source is not apparent.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
In cases like this you need
a professional to fix the leak and repair the damage.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
The money spent now is often better spent than having a major repair down the line.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months 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 10 months ago.
In some cases the tenant may be willing to pay for obvious misuse or carelessness.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
Getting back to your question unless you have the skills and the time I would suggest calling an expert.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
NOTE: Be sure to use licensed and insured contractors.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months ago.
If you do decide to do it your self removal and clean up is usually a temporary fix.
Expert:  Machinc replied 10 months 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

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