It’s up water damage. Denver friends going to spend a few minutes here with you on a cold, drizzly Denver night chatting about yet another kind of intricate situation with respect to an individual here in Denver that had a water damage Denver issue today. So we’ve talked in the past about crawl spaces and the work that we’ve done that we can do some of the ins and outs of crawl spaces. So let’s review that just for a minute. Um, crawl spaces, I guess relatively speaking, if that’s, you know, the issue in your home. It, it could be worse. We’ll just say that. Um, obviously anything unfinished isn’t quite as intrinsically detrimental as a, you know, a nice finished basement that gets flooded. However you never really want moisture on the interior of a home no matter what. I guess again, just to, to make it clear, we’re talking about relative relative terms. So
life or death when you get moisture in your crawl space? Probably not
it’s not something you want to ignore either. And we’ve worked on a few projects, water damage, Denver situations here in the last few months that have kind of been all over the place as to the severity of what’s gone on. Most of it’s been due to negative drainage. A one that I can recall was a faulty irrigation system, but um, you know, you never want that constant source of moisture coming down. It doesn’t really matter if, you know, you’ve got a concrete foundation that’s running down, it’s just not a good thing, you know, and you’re going to be experiencing a pain in the neck with the water bill. If you’ve got a water leak, you know, you’re a [inaudible] system. Um, and another thing that comes along with the potential for water damage Denver in crawl spaces is that if you have organic matter down there, so if you’ve got a bunch of say cardboard boxes that are laying around down in the crawl space, if you got some old wood, um, you know, maybe like some old clothes, say maybe some leather baseball, Mitt, something like that.
Uh, those sorts of things are going to be a breeding ground for mold. And that is definitely something that we don’t want. So, um, so we need to get it checked out. We need to number one, like we’ve talked about so many times, identify and eliminate the source and then, uh, after that, kind of assess the situation and figure out a plan for drying and figure out a plan for any demo that might need to happen. And then also kind of figure out, um, if there’s any interest in protecting the crawlspace toward future Water Damage Denver issues in the case of the client today, uh, they had something that quite honestly I can say I’ve never really seen before happens from time to time, but, um, they had, well, okay. So, yes and no. I’ve, I’ve seen it, just not in this case. So they’re a, you know, I’m sure you guys have seen those auxiliary lines that, um, are pretty easy to install for a refrigerator.
So if you don’t have, um, if you don’t have like kind of a, a finished off a little box with a little on-off quarter turn for the water hookup to a refrigerator, um, oftentimes, you know, you’ll, you’ll see these little kits that um, just screw right onto it to a copper line, you know, and as you screw them in, they make a little self puncturing a hole into the copper, but then you continue to tighten it and it’s designed to hopefully make a real tight seal. And then the, typically it’s kind of a transparent plastic line that runs off that and you can run it, you know, behind cupboards or whatever you want to get over to your ice machine, water dispenser on your, your fridge, whatever. And um, you know, most of the time they work pretty well, but you’re talking about plastic and not that it’s the only sort of material that can fail. But, um, in the case of this, what happened is this line for some reason, um, was kind of routed along the same path as the hot water, um, copper pipe off of the hot water heater. And I don’t know much more than that as far as particulars. Um, but you can imagine the heat that, that those pipes would have coming right off the hot water tank. Um, and
obviously a plastic line doesn’t really matter how thick or resilient would, um, inevitably be subjected to weakening and potential failure if it’s continually touching it. And from what I understand, that’s exactly what happened. Um, over time and who knows how long, don’t again, don’t really know the particulars, but, uh, this plastic line, uh, sprung a hole in, it must’ve melted in some, some way due to being exposed to those high temperatures on the copper there. And all of a sudden this gentleman had water spraying everywhere. He had, you know, no, nothing crazy. It was an unfinished basement and not a lot of valuables down there, but, um, definite Water Damage Denver call for us legitimate needs to be attended to in fixed ASAP. Um,
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by the time we got over there, you know, the, they had kind of shut off and were able to, you know, kind of quarantine whatever pipe, you know, had had the call to access for the water. And so I never actively saw it leaking, but it was really interesting the way that this water damage Denver, a loss in this crawlspace that happened. Lots of undulation, lots of, which is just a fancy term for kind of Hills and valleys in this crawl space. So definitely not flat, definitely not nice and smooth. Um, and in this one part it was a very, very low spot. So that’s where the bulk of the water was standing. But there was water throughout kind of in other areas. Now, just to just a little qualifier here, um, there were actually a couple layers of kind of, I wouldn’t say heavy, but kind of medium mil plastic laying down in the crawl space.
By no means were they attached properly or had been installed by anybody who should have gotten paid. It kind of looked, uh, actually really, really amateurish. But somebody had gotten in there and tried to lay this stuff out to do something. And so in in general that was probably a good thing. There was quite a bit of water that had maintained on top of this plastic since it was in place, but there are definitely been quite a bit of water that had gotten underneath it since it wasn’t attached properly and hadn’t been installed properly. So, um, the earth is wet underneath. Uh, there is quite a bit of water that needs to be extracted on top of the plastic and as well there is a fair amount of insulation down there that’s wet. So when insulation gets wet it definitely is going to take a pretty good hit with respect to its R value and it should be pulled to get, it’s a, as you can imagine, just super wet, soggy insulation is not something you really want to try to salvage best to just get it out of there, allow everything behind it to get dried out.
Um, so the homeowner right now is kind of trying to decide, okay, I’ve got this water damage, different situation. I, I know it’s, uh, something I need to deal with and this guy is kind of self-proclaimed non handyman guy. He, he readily admits that he isn’t going to be able to probably even understand a lot of what needs to go on. And so thankfully he’s a trusting soul that knows that Bigfoot would never steer him wrong and um, you know, just kind of relying on us for information and for direction as far as what he should do and how best to handle this water damaged inverse situation. So, um, you know, like, like always we advised him to uh, get the handyman out. He had a guy on call, um, that was going to get out there, hopefully pretty soon, uh, pinpoint and eliminate that, uh, that whole, that the cause of, of the water damage and make sure, make 100% sure that there’s nothing else that might not have otherwise been considered. Um, so often, you know, people will want us to start getting after a project and doing quite a bit of work and there
still learning 100% sure what the source is and you know, we can do some investigative work. We’ve got diagnostic tools that really help in that process. But sometimes, you know, it’s hard for us to know exactly what’s going on too. And typically that again is a result of negative drainage that usually when, you know, it’s just kind of a head scratcher as far as what the sources, well, we know that this is an interior pipe, you know, an interior, uh, water, um, you know, fresh water pipe. So it’s not really a matter of not knowing. It’s just kind of a matter of exactly where. So I would like for this handyman to get in probably with an assistant, turn the fridge water on, turn the ice maker back on, allow it to call for water and try to replicate the issue just to make sure that they see any and all areas that this, uh, this particular hose may have failed.
So once they do that, um, you know, and the reason we would like for them to identify and eliminate is so that they don’t have to pay us to do, um, any of our work more than once. That’s a huge bummer for everybody. When we get after it start to do things, get, you know, quite a bit of progress made and then, you know, the exact same water damage river tour happens again the next day. Um, you know, maybe because their sprinkler system is broken and they don’t, you know, they cycle back through again and it, it leaks all over again. And it’s not necessarily that first round of, you know, the work that we’ve done is all for not obviously you don’t want to just let that water and moisture just sit there inevitably. Um, but it definitely is not ideal. We would like to do at once.
We would like to only have to charge for at once. So, um, it’s all hopefully to benefit the homeowner and um, you know, not have them needlessly have to pay for anything other than what’s necessary. So the plan is to get in there tomorrow. Hopefully the, the plumber, handyman guy will be out there tonight, identify everything, eliminate it, and we’ll get in there tomorrow. There’s no indication of any growth. There’s, you know, nothing. Again, just crazy and pending or in situation, just some two by fours, some structure, some framing and it’s wet, dry walls. What, but again, it’s an unfinished basement. The drywall isn’t even textured or finished or anything like that. So drywall is pretty resilient and it should be fine to be salvageable. Um, but we do want to get after it as soon as possible. So should be a fairly small, fairly easyWater Damage Denver prod project, but it’s definitely something that needs to be taken care of.
So, uh, kudos to this gentleman for reaching out and realizing he had a Water Damage Denver problem on his hands and being a very attentive homeowner and, um, getting in touch with professionals that could advise him properly. If you have anything related to that, hopefully you don’t or if you have any friends or family that happened to please reach out. We’d be happy to assist in um, helping out with the project. You know, the final thing that I really didn’t mention and probably don’t have a ton of time to right now is that final step it once everything is dried out to go ahead and consider putting in a high quality heavy mill properly installed vapor barrier. There are so many benefits to it, but the, the main one, I guess maybe not the main, but one of the main ones immediately would be if this ever happened again, all of the water would remain on top of the heavy metal plastic and would be very easily extracted and we wouldn’t have to worry about any of the earth underneath or anything like that. Plus any organic matter would be gone. It would be smoothed out the crawl space, the dirt, everything would be super smooth. So there’d be no Hills and valleys and low spots and high points and all those things. So just a little cherry on the top there. Obviously in additional cost, but definitely well worth the investment anyway, we’ve gone a little bit long tonight. Thank you so much for considering Bigfoot for all your needs, Tom. Next time you stay safe.