Date: 2021-10-19 23:51
Got a call from a band mate who said that he opened his "spare" R13 case to find the clarinet "destroyed": all wood covered in mold, most of the springs not working because they rusted to the point of breaking.
Apparently, there was a water leak from the refrigerator that dripped down into the basement, and onto the clarinet case, that was just under the fridge.
He said that he saw small amount of water on top of the case and wiped it off, opened the case and did not see any water in there so closed it back and never looked again until now (few months later).
I suspect that the fabric inside the case absorbed some water, and, while being in the cold basement, it allowed the mold to grow.
Now, all wooden parts are covered in greyish mold, inside and outside; more than half of the springs broken (some just rusted completely). Some rust leaked onto the wood as well.
Even though I do not fix clarinet for the living, I offered to take a look at it and see what can be done.
Of course, all the pads, corks and springs will need to be replaced.
However, the wood need to be cleaned first, and I am not sure what to use to get the mold off the wood. I used one alcohol prep (like nurses use) to clean the wood a little, but figured out I ask here before moving forward.
Post Edited (2021-10-20 00:00)