In January of this year, a homeowner in Greensboro, GA had a frozen pipe that burst and flooded his finished basement. In response, a contractor removed some of the water-damaged building materials, and used limited drying equipment to dry out the basement.
The next month, while getting ready to rebuild, the homeowner called Branch to perform a mold inspection to find out whether the home had sustained mold damage. By calling before construction began, the homeowner was able to ensure that mold would not be a problem after investing in extensive home repairs.
Untreated Damage and Basement Mold
When we visited the home in February, we inspected the residence and found visible mold growth on baseboards, drywall, door casings, and wall studs.
We used moisture meters to determine that framing components were still wet. We recommended the removal of all the baseboards and drywall with visible mold growth, all drywall up to two feet high in areas affected by water, the bathroom vanity and all swollen doors and door casings.
The Mold Remediation Process
Once all water-damaged building materials were removed, we returned to perform mold remediation. The entire basement had been affected by water and we found mold in each room, so there was no need for containment within the basement itself.
In order to prevent the spread of mold spores to the rest of the home, a ZipDoor barrier was installed in the staircase that connects the basement and main level of the home. Removing the baseboards and moisture-affected drywall took care of the majority of the mold, and we hand-cleaned to remove remaining mold on the wall studs and bottom plates using a mild detergent solution.
After all of the mold had been removed, we treated the basement with Concrobium® Mold Control, which kills any remaining mold spores and provides one more layer of protection against future mold growth.
After Mold Removal
Following the mold remediation, we dried remaining wet building materials to an appropriate level by running six dehumidifiers and ten fans for four days. Throughout the drying process, we monitored and adjusted the equipment to maximize efficiency.
Once impacted building materials were dried to a similar moisture content as non-impacted materials, we performed a final visual inspection in order to ensure that all mold had been removed and that the basement was ready for reconstruction.
To Prevent Mold, Rapid Response is Key
When water damage occurs, it’s important to prevent mold growth by immediately drying or removing water-damaged building materials. In the right conditions, mold can start to grow within 48 hours after flooding! Performing water damage mitigation quickly and thoroughly can save you thousands of dollars and serious headaches by preventing the need for mold remediation.
In the event that you do experience a water damage event in your home or business, consider calling Branch Environmental to perform a mold inspection before you begin to rebuild. Don’t risk serious problems down the road — take steps to prevent mold on your property! For more on what to do when you’re concerned about mold growth, check out our other featured projects and educational resources.