Good morning. Water damage Denver. [inaudible] friends, get up, get up, get up, get up and prepare yourself for a nice little discussion on [inaudible] the intricacies of mold. Isn’t that what you wanted to think about right away in the morning? Well anyways, that’s what we’re going to talk about today on this big foot restoration podcast of gold, we typically discuss water damage Denver related issues and this is certainly a byproduct of water damage Denver. Um, obviously

mold

only grows, um, in his only

allowed to grow so to speak when there is a consistent moisture source and there is organic matter

present so you can right off the bat determine that if there is no moisture source, if there is no presence of moisture, you’re not going to have the potential for mold. There is no even the slightest bit of water damage. Denver, there is no chance for mold if there is no presence of organic matter, there is no opportunity for mold to grow. Now organic matter is tough to completely eliminate even and uh, you know, fairly sterile environments. They’re still bound to be a little bit of it in certain places. But, uh, certainly you can, can’t eliminate or come close to it and not have to worry about the possibility of mold. So what I wanted to just quickly touch on today is, um, the difference of opinion when it comes to, uh, [inaudible]

indoor environmental air quality, whether or not there truly is mold or not

and how we intend to solve that problem or that dispute so to speak. So I guess where my mind goes, um, when I just kind of start thinking about this subject is probably about 15 years ago, um, my,

my parents had for about 20 years, they had

property up in the mountains of Colorado. They, uh, they had on this property I think about 10 cabins and a five unit lodge. And they had, uh, an operation that was built on annual or biannual or I guess you’d say semi-annual Elisa. So, um, they offered six month leases or yearly leases. So essentially these are where people lived. It wasn’t vacation deals, it wasn’t a bed and breakfast. It wasn’t necessarily a commercial property. It was a just kind of like houses that people could rent and they loved to have these quaint little spots up, you know, not too far into the mountains, maybe about 30, 35 minutes away from the city where they could relax and enjoy the peacefulness, the calm of the mountains. There was a little Creek that ran by, but a lot of them commuted down into the city for work. And um, just enjoyed that, that mountain living type thing.

So something that my parents did and love to do for a number of years and at some point it just got to be too much. But what they had on their hands throughout was essentially 15 different parties that they needed to, um, be able to maintain some sort of a business working relationship with a tenant landlord relationship. And so when you think about that, uh, you probably understand if you’ve ever rented, um, you know, that that relationship and it can be great. It can be horrible and it can be everywhere in between. And it just kinda depends who you are and where you sit in the relationship to determine, you know, if you think the other party is doing their due diligence or if you think they’re trying to take advantage or maybe be negligent or so on and so forth. And when you have a home or a property of any type, obviously there’s a number of different systems operating inside the home and um, you know, malfunction of any of those systems or, um, the ms care of any of those systems that would allow things to happen that shouldn’t be happening can cause damage both short term and longterm.

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And so one thing that we dealt with constantly, especially with that mountain living is that obviously as you get up in elevation tends to get a little bit colder. Um, tends to, um, freeze, you know, have freezing temperatures a little more often than, you know, lower elevation. So a constant ask for all of the tenants was to understand that they had to maintain a decent heat and decent water flow in their cabins or in their units. If they didn’t, the pipes would freeze. And the reason for this is that you’ve got, you know, copper and sometimes exposed copper underneath these cabins and you know, you can do a number of different things to try to combat against freezing pipes. But, um, you have, you know, these pretty, pretty extreme low temperatures sometimes and uh, if it’s going to freeze, it’s going to freeze. So how do you stop that? Well, you ask your tenants to maintain their heat in their unit to at least 60 degrees, keep it nice and warm, not shut the heat off if they go out of town, that sort of thing. But also if those temperatures dip down fairly low, uh, we asked them to just keep a very slight, very tiny, um, kind of little somewhere between a drip and a stream coming out of one of their faucets. Didn’t matter which one. We just needed that little bit of water flow to continue again to avoid the pipes freezing.

So that was one issue. Um, and probably over the years we had, you know, still a good handful of people that would call and say, Hey, my pipes are frozen. Well did you do what we asked you to do? Oh yeah, yeah. And of course they didn’t. But a major, you know, maybe not always major, but moderate water damage Denver and, and I guess it wouldn’t be a Denver in that case, but, um, major issues, water damage, um, the need to run, uh, extra copper piping around where the split had happened. Uh, maybe heat trace a line from another water source if, if the line was frozen to at, you know, to, um, lengthy of a, of a run. And I did that with my dad a number of times in the freezing cold and you just have to do it. You have to get water back to these people regardless of whether they screwed up big time or not.

So that was one thing. And then just to get back to the original topic, dishwasher was mold. And again, going back about 15 years ago, there was a tenant that, uh, kind of out of the blue called my parents and decided to kind of get pretty nasty with them right off the bat and accused them of, you know, pretty significant mold damage. And they were actually in one of the units in the lodge. So shared living space, um, kind of like condo living, I guess just a, a bigger house or lodge that had five different units that, that were split up. Um, so it was pretty surprising to my parents. They hadn’t really ever dealt with that

Mmm.

That a report of anything like that or that, uh, that issue. So they were a little stoned, but this person had said, well, I went to the store and I got a mold test and I set it up or I swapped it or whatever. And I sent it in to the lab that it says you should send it into. And it came back that there’s mold present. And so of course they just immediate went to, Oh boy, we got major issues. We have water damage Denver under the, you know, under the lodge, you know, in the walls, who knows, what are we going to do, this person’s going to Sue us, whatever. Um, and that was again, you know, the better part of 15 years ago or maybe even more, that certainly I didn’t really have a clue as to what, um, what any of that meant or, you know, the response that they should take.

And they didn’t either for sure. Um, but the reality of it is, is there’s mold everywhere. And basically that’s why we have an indoor environmentalist come in and do their thing and provide an objective report on where, what may or may not be there. But the most important thing that has to be done as a test is, um, introduced to a property is for sampling to be done both inside and outside. And especially in an environment like that in the mountains where there’s just trees all over the place, there’s water, there’s no organic material, there’s, you know, tons of fallen leaves. You can imagine, um, you know, as the leaf shed in the fall, and if you’ve ever smelt, if you ever smelled a big pile of what leaves, you know what that smell is and it, it smells pretty moldy. It smells pretty musty. And

there’s, there’s really no doubt that, yeah, there’s probably mold where she swabs, but again, it depends on what’s to the environment and also, uh, what, what sorts of spores we’re talking about. There’s some that are a little more, I guess, uh, not as big of a deal and some that certainly are. So the fact that this person just went to the store, grabbed a test, swapped it on, who knows what, they didn’t really have, um, they didn’t really set it up in a way that would, um, say where it was from or exactly what had been tested. Um, they were just hell bent on the fact that, you know, my parents had provided them them with a unsafe living condition. So had that happen today, we would have a lot of great information for them and we certainly would have been able to approach it from a more objective way.

So certainly no water damage as we found out. Certainly no mold damage. And, uh, that was a great thing. And of course it was just time for them to move on as well. So anyway, there’s a little story time for you. There’s a little, uh, just tidbit on how the potential of water damage Denver and mold damage can be. You know, just about anywhere. But we do need to keep in mind that things are relative and we need to tape take an objective approach to, um, what may or may not be going on. Big foot restoration can help. If you or anyone you know has questions on that, please let us know and tell. Then you stay sick.