Mushroom Tale

The home inspector was meandering through a vacant Oakland craftsman house built in the 1930s.

The inspection was discovering the typically items – double-hung windows that were painted shut – large cracks in the plaster walls – rodent activity in the crawlspace… until he walked into the bathroom.

It’s not every day that you see a mushroom growing up between the vinyl floor tiles.

Mushrooms are fungi that require oxygen, a food source, suitable temperature and a source of water to grow.

In this case, the subfloor under the vinyl tiles is the food source and there must have been a water problem associated with the bathtub plumbing for a source of moisture under the floor tiles.

Mother Nature wins again.

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