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Old 08-23-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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I found my leak

When I bought my scamp it had standing water in the floor of the closet, and under the sink. The water had been there for as long as a year, not really certain. Lots of moldy books, maps, pillows etc. Yuk.

After cleaning all that stuff out the mold smell is mostly gone.

Today I found the source.

The fresh water tank is under the left hand seat cabinet, and the plastic screen holder between the tank and the pump was shattered. More moldy stuff around the tank, now pitched. Tomorrow i will start calling to find the part, local if possible. I found it on the internet. Then I can test the water system. I have been doing without the water system because I knew I had a problem.

At least the part was 'get at able'! A hose clamp and a threaded neck on the pump and it was out. Once I replace it i need to spray everything down with apple cider vinegar, including the carpets.

One small step for man...
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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I wonder if it froze?
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:47 PM   #3
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Almost certainly. The PO had a medical emergency and left it closed up last summer up in Maine. The winters are pretty cold up there. And she probably didn't properly winterize it because her thoughts were elsewhere.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:49 PM   #4
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I pulled the foam out of the cushions and will take the covers to a dry cleaner. Not sure how to get the foam back in again once they're clean.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:01 PM   #5
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Get you some Damp Rid from Wal-Mart to help with any remaining moister. Glad you found the problem.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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Not sure how to get the foam back in again once they're clean.
Put the foam in a plastic bag. Use a vaccum cleaner to suck the air out of the plastic bag, thereby flattening (sic) the foam. Slide the covers over the now flat foam. Either leave the plastic in place or hack it out... your choice.

Much better solution than wrestling the foam!
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Almost certainly. The PO had a medical emergency and left it closed up last summer up in Maine. The winters are pretty cold up there. And she probably didn't properly winterize it because her thoughts were elsewhere.
OK. You might want to look at everything else that might have been damaged from freezing - like drain traps, tank, pump, etc.
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I pulled the foam out of the cushions and will take the covers to a dry cleaner. Not sure how to get the foam back in again once they're clean.
Good for finding the problem!
I'm sure that someone will pop in and tell you how to get your foam back in when you get the covers back from dry cleaning....but I THINK the way to do it is to be sure your foam is complete dry.Then put it in a plastic bag( like the dry cleaners use) and just slide your covers over it and zip them shut.

Not that I have ever done it myself...but that is a quick run down of hoow other people on this sight have said to do it. I'm sure Donna D will be here soon and send you right to at least one of several topics that address your problem.

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Congratulations on solving your mystery.

Having worked at La-Z-Boy for five years,
I just man handle cushions. But it can be
knuckle rawing for sure.........LOL
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:27 PM   #10
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OK. You might want to look at everything else that might have been damaged from freezing - like drain traps, tank, pump, etc.
Uh, yep!

Or close my eyes and pressurize the system!
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Get you some Damp Rid from Wal-Mart to help with any remaining moisture. Glad you found the problem.
Yea I was turned on to that stuff by a friend. It's in there now!
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Consider concrobium for mold prevention. Use the plastic bags from the dry cleaners. They are the right size, while slippery enough for insertion and tear out easily when finished.
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I just used something new to me to fight mold in a clean up project.
Krud Kutter. I have an antique or classic lead guitar amp that has
had mold on it for decades. I've tried to clean it but to no avail. Well,
I'm getting ready to sell it in an auction and since I was cleaning mold
off furniture I thought I would give it a try on the amp. I didn't want to
scrub it as it may mar the appearance. So I just soaked it down and left it.

When I checked on it a couple days later, the amp looked better than it had
ever looked before. Don't know how good this stuff really is, but it's sure
making me happy in my clean-up jobs.

Krud Kutter Mold and Mildew Stain Remover Plus Blocker, 32 oz: Household Essentials : Walmart.com
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Consider concrobium for mold prevention.
I will definitely give it a try.
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