Mold Inspection in West Jordan
Yesterday, I met with a homeowner who had a water damage event about a week prior from a water heater that had broken. He got the water heater replaced, and his neighbor helped him set up a couple of fans to dry the carpet. He thought he was taking care of the problem, and after the carpet felt dry, they shut off the fans.
Unfortunately for this homeowner, the job was not finished. You see, they had only dried the carpet, not the pad underneath. Carpet pad, when it gets saturated, acts like a sponge and can hold water. Fans dry the carpet, but they don’t dry the pad. Once you step on the carpet, it transfers water back up from the pad into the carpet. During my inspection, I showed the owner that his carpet was still soaking wet underneath. Additionally, he had some mushrooms that had grown up through his carpet!!! He couldn’t believe that’s what they were, but along with the mold, there were some small mushrooms that were growing.
Finally, as I got a better understanding of the mold situation in the home, I noticed one more critical piece of information that I shared with the owner. I was in the home for about 45 minutes, and during that time, I observed water continually coming out of the pressure-reducing valve on the hot water heater. This was pooling up and getting the wall and framing wet in the utility room. I recommended that the owner have the incoming water pressure checked in his home, as having high water pressure can lead to all sorts of problems with your indoor-plumbing. Also, it was causing the hot water heater to continually leak, which if left untreated, could lead to more water and mold problems down the road.
If you’re not sure what to do with with water damage and mold issues in your home, give us a call. We’ll help you find solutions that deal with the root of the problem, not just the superficial damage.