Hello, welcome to Bigfoot restoration and repair. We’ll go over some projects that we had done previously and what we did to mitigate these, uh, water damage Denver jobs. This particular one was a couple of weeks ago, but it was a one that turned out very well for us. We received a call, we work with a general contractor who gives us some work. Um, we’ll do the mitigation and they’ll do the rebuild. Um, and this one was on a new home community, so nobody has moved in yet. Um, but they gave us a call, said there was water, um, actually that was affecting three levels of the house. So they thought it was coming from the shower in the master bedroom, which then leaked into behind that with a master bedroom closet, which then leaked into part of the master bedroom, which then really affected underneath that, which was a kitchen, living room area.
And then it went down to the unfinished basement. So what we had to do was just kind of do, um, some initial tests, kind of seeing, um, where the water started, kind of where it came from and stuff like that. So with our equipment that we use on almost all of our water damage Denver jobs, we are able to see through the walls or into the walls we have, it’s an infrared camera so it picks up heat, water will give off a cold or less than room temperature and you’re able to pick that up with this camera. So we’re able to, um, I was able to see through the closet. Um, it started about six feet up and then went down and really expanded itself, kind of found out and it was definitely behind his dry wall. And so I knew I had to remove some shelving that was there as well as open up this dry wall.
Um, we certainly had to see it. The water was turned off throughout the whole house. So on this particular one, we knew we were able to have to get to the bottom of it and make sure they just thought it was a, maybe a connection to the shower, but um, without amount of water, it usually something like that the shower has to be on. And um, in order for that to happen and I just for being a new house, it just didn’t really make sense. So removing some shelves opened up the drywall on this water damage Denver job and we are able to see that it was actually a screw that was used for the shelving, um, brewed into, uh, the water line itself. So that’s what caused the leak. So the gentleman who installed the shower was there and he was kind of worried that it would, would’ve been on him, um, that it was some type of error that he made, but it was actually the builder or the shelving who put the shelves together in the closet there.
Sometimes you just don’t know where these waterlines are. It’s very difficult. And so you, and you’re screwing into these walls seems everything is fine. But on this particular case and on this particular water damage, never job, it wasn’t fine. So it caused a quite amount of damage. Um, so what we did found that opened it up, um, pointed that out. So they had the plumber, they wanted us to wait on things to get the plumber in there to just cut it and re solder everything and, and put a new line in there and so they would be done. Then we try everything out properly. So we went ahead and did that. Uh, waited on them. It didn’t take them too long. They were able to get in there, um, redo that, fix that. So on this water damage Debra job, we just had to kind of hang tight, um, before we got too involved with the demolition and drying it out.
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So once that was completed, the pad in the closet, uh, was pretty wet. Carpet actually was still in good shape. Uh, but the pad was affected. So we went ahead and removed, uh, the pad. It was a smaller closet, maybe an eight by eight by nine area. And so we didn’t feel, it wasn’t necessarily sometimes a smaller, uh, water damage Denver job like this where it’s not much pad. We don’t hook up the truck. We’re just able to, um, oddly enough the carpet wasn’t too wet. Um, and so it just seemed to go straight down the wall. It did go right into the pad and then underneath is what really got affected. So we were able to pull the carpet back and remove the pad and lay the carpet back down. And, um, we simply just said two air movers in there, got a good little vortex going with the air, um, and knew that that would dry out pretty quickly.
Um, so underneath that was the kitchen and a living kind of a living room area with hardwood floors. So we use our infrared camera on this water damage denver job to you had a good, um, idea how much of the ceiling was affected. So it was, um, pretty obvious that it affected roughly about 80% of a 400 square foot area. Um, so the water just really spread out within this. And so it was, it was very soft, so we knew we had to remove all of that. Sometimes you can do kind of squares and get it open and where you can get some air flowing through there and it will dry out just fine. But this one, they, uh, drywall on this, uh, water damage, Denver job, that drywall was, was pretty wet and we knew we had to remove all of the dry walls.
So that’s what we did. So we, we protected the wood floor as well as we could knowing that they were going to have to remove that as well. Um, but we want to dry it out as quickly as possible. Um, they were going to come in, you know, on a newer house like this, sometimes wood floors certainly can be saved. You can dry them out sand and refinish them. Um, but this one being a brand new house and the price point of this house, um, they knew that they were going to have to just put in brat back brand new floors. So that’s what they did here.
So they uh, went ahead and we, uh, protected the floor and we went ahead and opened up that the whole ceiling there. And I’m fortunate there was no installation or anything like that. Um, water just kind of goes in funny ways and directions. And so this one, uh, just kinda came straight down and spread out. There was a few pockets where it seemed to trouble along the Joyce there and, and start opening up again. But that’s what, uh, what we found opened it up quite a bit. There was some of the light in the kitchen that certainly want to have electrician look at and make sure everything is in a good point with that. Um, and make sure there’s no issues down the road with electric power arresting or anything like that. So I had done, so we opened up that ceiling quite a bit, um, and protected the floors.
So that took a good while. Uh, the framing certainly was, was affected. There was still very, very wet. Um, and then we went ahead and just get some readings on the hardwood knowing that these will be removed in a few days. We still wanted to try and dry these out and get as much moisture. So, um, on the main floor we left, um, two dehumidifiers and eight air movers, some pointing, most of them pointing up to eight to nine air movers, but most of them pointing up to try and dry that framing out. But once you start doing the removing the drywall, we just contain most of the moisture. The framing dries out pretty pretty rapidly when it’s exposed. Like it is. So on this water damage, never job opening it up, framings wet. We put a few air movers on the wood floor to help dry that out and we knew with our dehumidifiers, um, I would certainly help out drying up the hardwood as well as the framing. So going down to the basement, unfinished basement, which is very nice, uh, you can obviously see, uh, where water came down and the uh, concrete floor was uh, had puddles. So we went ahead and extracted that. Um, something that’s simple. We could just use our shot back and I was able to extract all of that moisture. Um, once again, couple more air movers downstairs, draft the concrete floor as well as dry out the ceiling of that finished basement.
So on this one, we would, uh, have to come back each day once again, like we do on every job that we do, every water damage Denver job we do, we come back and do readings on a daily basis. So we did that, came back day two, saw great strides there. Everything’s dry and fine. Um, and the, the second day of drying would be our date three. Once again, everything dry in the hardwood floors. What really wanted to drive. We just wanted to make sure we got that as dry, not to save it, but to save the sub floor underneath so big that it was exposed underneath that helped us out in the basement. That helps us out on the drying as well. So by day three, everything was uh, as dry as it possibly could be.
So we went ahead and pulled our equipment and the hardwood floor company was going to come in and start removing that. So we wanted to wait and make sure there’s water damage. Never job that everything was dry and we didn’t have any issues with the sub floor, any mold, anything like that. I don’t, didn’t anticipate, but you never can always assume anything in our industry that we want to, we want to verify and inspect. So we did that. We waited, they removed it. Actually the hardwood floor was a lot more dry than what we thought it would be. But um, so if this was a normal residential home, um, it certainly could have been saved and refinished and saved tens of thousands of dollars. But being that this was a brand new house that somebody hasn’t moved in yet, uh, they want to do it the right way as well and make sure these individuals that buy the house know that this is a brand new floor and nothing’s been sanded or refinished. So they, uh, went ahead and removed that very dry. Like I said, we did the paper. There’s paper that was, I had some moisture but we hung around to make sure there wasn’t any mold or anything like that. So everything came back clear. Uh, had let them go ahead and do their thing and we pulled our equipment on this water damage Denver job.
And, uh, actually it moved along pretty quick as we were drying things out and the next day the dry wall was starting to be repaired in the master bedroom. Um, certainly they want to point out where these pipes are. So when they reattached the new shelving that they don’t do the same thing again. So, uh, you would think there’d be technology that where you could see pipes behind these walls, but you just don’t have that yet. People just kind of really, it’s just taking a chance and a shot in the dark to help. I hope I don’t hit something behind these when I’m drilling this into the wall. So, um, it’s very common. It’s a good part of our business is things like that that may happen, but you just don’t know about it until these, um, either the pipe, you know, that the screw, uh, rests out and breaks or on this particular one, um, it just created more of a gap there.
So it was spraying on top of the screw. You could just see the force of that spraying over the screw. So it didn’t seal it off. Sometimes it seals it, so you still don’t know anything’s happening until three, four years down the road. With this one. Fortunately, um, started leaking right away or pretty quickly after it was done within the shelving was done and painted within just the last two weeks. Um, so it was able to be taken care of. So in this water damage Denver job, we um, took care of everything, got him back together. Uh, once everything was dry, they started hard flip hardwood floors. We left the guy, did he do his, um, drywall work and we went in after and laid down new pad and then cleaned the carpet upstairs for them. So we were able, um, to get the, that part of it done.
They certainly had a lot of work ahead of themselves as far as new hardwood floors and some painting that needed to get done. But um, other than that, uh, in the drywall and the floor. So that’s going to be a big part of it as well. But those, as far as drying, everything dried out fairly rapidly on that three days was our, it was our drying time. Um, so we’re quite happy with that. Um, the client was happy that we figured it out and we got it. Take care of. The worst thing you want to do is it was not being able, or the frustrating part is not being able to know what caused the water damage Denver issue. And so we totally liked to give our clients, um, this is what caused it and that’s repair it and move on. So that’s what happened in this case. So if you need any other water damage, Denver, um, jobs done, always think of big foot restoration repair.