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What Happens When You Don’t Treat Your Water Damage Quickly?

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Act fast to dry your home before mold grows!

Water will find a way, and when it does, mold soon follows. If you do not get building materials and contents dry within 72 hours, you may have to consider these items a total loss.

Water Damage in Basement

Our franchise was recently called to a single-family colonial. Water had seeped into a basement bedroom, soaking the carpet and saturating the drywall to about 18 inches.

The homeowners had never had an issue with groundwater before in the seven years they had owned the home, but water will find a way.

Unfortunately, visible microbial growth had already begun by the time the homeowners discovered the problem. We knew affected carpet, padding, drywall, and a bed all needed to be removed and discarded.

Containment

Our first concern was to set up a barrier to keep microbes in the air from migrating to other parts of the home and putting residents at risk. We used a HEPA-filtered air filtration device to create a negative-air environment and filter microbial spores and other particulates out of the air inside the affected area.

Asbestos Testing

Before we can perform demolition in Massachusetts, we need asbestos testing in accordance with  MA DEP state law 310 CMR 7.15 (4). Once we had satisfactory results, we were able to proceed.

Demolition

Our crew pulled out the carpet, padding, baseboards, and drywall. We applied a botanical anti-microbial solution to the studs to discourage mold growth.

Drying

We installed five air movers to circulate air and accelerate evaporation out of wet materials and a dehumidifier to remove any water vapor from the air. This room required two drying days to reach the standard.

Cleaning

Once the room was dry, we cleaned the floor with pressure steam. We also cleaned and deodorized carpet that was salvageable.

Call the Pros

When you find a water damage that has progressed to mold, you should call SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford right away. At that point, you can be sure that spore counts are elevated and may be putting occupants at risk. A certified mold remediation technician can advise you on the next steps to take to keep occupants safe.

Of course, it is best not to wait until you see microbial growth. Call SERVPRO today for an estimate on your water loss and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

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