Plumbing Leak Leads to Mold Growth
Untreated plumbing leaks allow water to remain in contact with organic materials and lead to microbial growth. When the damage is behind walls and invisible, this can result in a major mold remediation project.
Last month, our franchise was called to a tri-level home in Arlington, Mass. The sink trap had been leaking inside the wall between the kitchen and laundry room. By the time the homeowner realized the problem, he was already seeing what he thought was mold.
When our production manager arrived, he found extensive microbial growth on drywall, inside a closet, under the tiles in the laundry room, and in cabinets and the basement.
One of the first tasks in a mold remediation project is containing the infestation and protecting other parts of the home from exposure. We use poles and heavy-duty plastic to erect makeshift walls. An air scrubber then creates a “negative air” environment where any air that crosses the barrier flows into the containment area, not out of it.
Every job that involves demolition requires asbestos testing before we can begin, in accordance with Massachusetts DEP law 310 CMR 7:15 (4). Upon receiving the all clear from the testing company, we began removing unsalvageable building materials.
We applied a botanical anti-microbial product to suppress any new growth. Meanwhile, our air scrubber’s HEPA-filter was removing spores and particulates from the air inside the containment area.
We set up a dehumidifier to pull moisture from the air, which also discourages mold. Without water or humidity, microbes cannot grow.
Removing Visible Microbes
We used a HEPA-filtered vacuum to remove visible microbial growth on non-porous materials.
We can never remove all microbes. They are too widespread in the atmosphere to eliminate completely. But we scrubbed what we could see from surfaces and cycled all the air through an air filtration device several times per hour for several days to pull out as much as we could.
Fix Plumbing Leaks ASAP
The best way to avoid microbial growth in your home is to keep it dry. A leak will create an ideal environment for mold colonies to prosper. Do not ignore leaks because they always get worse and the damage will spread.
If your home is humid, consider running a dehumidifier to bring the humidity down below 50%. This will make it very hard for any microbes to survive and spread.
Call Us When You See Mold
Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can help you contain an outbreak and limit the loss of building materials. Call us at the first sign of mold or water-damaged building materials. We will help make it, “Like it never even happened.”