Water damage Denver people. It’s beautiful April day here in Denver, Colorado. And uh, probably the, the last thing that you’re thinking about on a, let’s see, we’re clocking in right here at 81 degrees. I don’t know if that’s accurate and doesn’t feel quite that warm, but a day like today, probably the last thing in the world that’s on people’s minds is the m word, not mother’s Day. You need to make sure you prepare for mother’s Day. It’s coming up sooner than later. It’s in May, I don’t know if the exact date, some were doors, the beginning of May make your plans, get your presence kit, your car to get your roses. Do not forget mom. No, I’m not talking about mothers. It’s mold and it is a four letter word. It probably is just as offensive as some of the other four letter words that are out there.

And it’s probably one that makes people cringe even more than some of some of those four letter words that um, may or may not be used on a daily basis. But, um, mold mitigation, applied microbial remediation is the certification that I have that we have here in the Denver market. And a, it’s fascinating. It’s, it’s, uh, it’s quite a niche to be able to be a part of, but um, we also see it affect people, uh, in extreme ways on a daily basis. And so, uh, the subject does your, for this podcast of gold coming from big foot restoration, water damage Denver experts is, um, just a bit of a, a nugget or two that, uh, we’ll kind of maybe help put situations in perspective for, for, uh, for the average guy out there. Average Gal out there, um, the smallest amount of water can create what turns into to grow bacteria, mold, mildew, those sorts of things.

And probably everybody’s seen, um, seen a little bit of it here and there, maybe in a shower, maybe in kind of a musty basement or something like that and not really thought too much of it. And sometimes you really don’t have to, but there’s definitely times that it can turn into a nightmare. And we want to help people avoid that if and when at all possible. So a couple of different scenarios. We’ll just keep, take you through a couple of case studies of customers that we have had that have approached it properly, maybe not so properly and maybe a couple in between. So basically when we think about mold, the fact is is that it really just needs, you know, kind of to in general, don’t, not always, but in general just needs something organic to grow on and or some type of organic food source and then uh, a moisture source.

So a typical thing would be a kind of a crawl space where you have dirt, lots of organic matter down there and you have a area of the home that has negative drainage. So every time it time it rains or snows, that moisture travels towards the house, not away from the house running down the foundation, maybe kind of gathering, kind of lower in the ground and seeping up or maybe coming through right through Kratz of cracks. If they’re citing failures, a foundational phase failures, perhaps the moisture comes right through perfect environment for mold to grow. And it doesn’t take that long. It really doesn’t. Um, sometimes it, it, uh, just depending on, again, the conditions it might take a little longer, but um, didn’t take very long sometimes for, for growth and for strains to start to materialize. Now what those, uh, exact, um, mold spores are?

It just kind of, again, depends on the environment, depends on exactly what, what’s in the soil, what’s in the organic matter and certainly the type of moisture that’s coming through. If it’s clean water, uh, that’s one thing if it potentially is some sort of contaminated moisture, whether it’s sewage or something else. Um, you have a different situation on your hands. So on the risky meter, you know, what is really bad for my health? What can I get by with a, that’s probably a subject for a different day. But in general, if, if you feel like you just smell something, feel something as you enter a certain part of your home, it’s good to maybe be a little inspector, gadget guy or Gal. And check out if there is any water damage. It did very well. We always want you to be safe. Health and safety is our main concern. So keep that in mind. Uh, that is, that is our commitment to the Denver Metro community is to, uh, to help everyone stay safe and healthy and alive. So customer, we’ll name her customer a, um, really didn’t go down to her storage, uh,

room very much. It, it was where her main a heating system was. So she’s got all of her, you know, heating components down there, stuff that makes a lot of noise. She doesn’t really want to go in there. It’s more or less just a storage room, lots of old stuff, a momentos things that she’s not going to need to often to get to. And so it just didn’t occur. It really occurred to her to go down into that room. Well, there’s one, there’s one thing right off the bat that even if there’s an area that like that, that you might not need to go to, she should be down there about every 30 days to check the air filter on her central heating units. So just to make sure that her furnace isn’t being overworked, that there’s not a bunch of stuff on the filter need to check that every 30 days or so.

Change it if, if it’s nasty change, if you know, if it looks like it’s ready to go, you know, you should never let those go more than 90 days, but every 30 days is a good reason to go down and check. If she had done that, she would have eliminated the possibility of her water damage related loss happening. And so, um, basically the, the brief story here is that uh, she had a failing humidifier line, I bet, I believe is kind of the way that it went. She had a water source line that was going into hurricane, that a fire that had somehow failed and it was dripping, it wasn’t spraying, it wasn’t causing an incredible amount of water damage  Denver, it was just dripping out but it dripped and it dripped and it dripped and it probably dripped for, I’m going to guess somewhere between 45 and 65 days.

That’s kind of the timeline that we put together. So when you have just a drip, drip, drip over that amount of time, that many minutes, that many hours, that is going to be a lot of water. And you can imagine the source, the, the types of organic sources in this, um, unfinished storage area, this furnace a room basically that uh, this moisture had to feed on. So what resulted was major, major mold. I’ve been a fair amount of mold situations, uh, going into areas that, you know, Kinda are pretty, pretty raw with mold, different growth. This one, the second she opened up the door, I could instantly just feel the creepy crawlies on my skin. And so I immediately went and put my personal personal protective equipment on because I didn’t want to enter that room until I had a high quality respirator on and all of my protective suiting up.

And these folks were living in this home. Little side note, obviously with their furnace being right there and all of this growth right there in this confined area, she had basically dispersed these, uh, different fungi, the different hi fi that come from the mold out into the breathable air upstairs. Every time the furnace kicked on a, there was a return inside of this room are fairly close. So that was a huge consideration. We did have to clean and sanitize the whole duct system as a result of her loss. But just the, you know, I, I hesitate to say negligence, but just kind of the out of sight, out of mind approach to her furnace, her furnace room down there with this small leak. Um, it turned into a significant loss. It turned into two a very lengthy thing. And unfortunately, what, what really kind of made it, um, you know, the expense go up even exponentially is that this storage room was stuffed full of all sorts of things.

So there was a good amount of time spent back at our facility going through each and every, um, possession that this gal had in her storage room. Just making sure that it was wiped down, that it was cleaned appropriately. Uh, some of it had to be discarded because there was just way too much growth on a number of the items and there was just no way that, uh, they could be restored. So unfortunate bit there, but we were able to save most of her items, get them cleaned, get them back to whole and then, uh, get them boxed up and prepared for her. And fortunately for her, she was getting ready to move. So it was kind of a cool little benefit to her, I suppose once every, once everything was processed and good to go, it was boxed up and it was all labeled and she had boxes that were Moo, move ready.

So when we took them back to her, they just went right into her garage and they were ready for the movers to put them on the trip. So water damage Denver, it happened. It was ignored to a certain degree and we had a large loss on her hap hands. That a pretty costly took a lot of time. I would imagine it was prettier, irritating to her to have to go through through that and rightly so. So, but we did get her taken care of. I’ve got it put back together and she was, she was very complimentary, very happy and very thankful for, uh, for the experience. You know, not happy that she had to go through it, but happy that we empathized with her, um, communicated with her and got her water damage Denver’s situation, handled her mold situation, handled and got her back on her feet.

Um, let’s move on to customer B. Customer B was in the market for a new town home. Uh, they, they had a few on their list, but for whatever reason they chose this one and there was a little hesitation. They, uh, had, you know, some concerns about a few different things that look like stuff. It may be been a marginalized a little bit, maybe, you know, the best care wasn’t taken care of with this place. And so maybe that’s the reason they went with that as perhaps they got, you know, a bit of a discount. Maybe it was a bit under market because things weren’t a real well taken care of her updated. However, no, uh, no real invasive testing was done, which we can help facilitate that if anyone ever wants to have their property or property they are interested in tested for mold. We don’t do that specifically.

We have, we have a third party come in and disinterested party come in and do that and give us a baseline for if there is anything that needs to be attended to. And in this case, uh, she would have been very well served to have an indoor environmental specialist come out, do their testing and present a report that would have told them that there was in fact a quite a bit that needed to be taken care of. So, unfortunately for this particular family, they did go ahead and close on the property. Uh, they chose, you know, to have some inspections done but not others. And by the time they found out there was mold in the property, it was on them. They couldn’t go really go back and, uh, ask for any sort of consideration or kickback from the previous owners because you know, that they kind of signed off on the inspection, said they would take the property as is.

And when ended up happening is there had been a couple of losses, uh, water issues, water damage Denver in Denver, uh, area I would say kind of in the Sheridan area. Um, uh, core occur, I think one was probably from a roof leak and other words from, you know, just bad cocking their in the tub and there was a major growth behind the tub, behind the toilet. And so really, you know, we had to get down to the studs on a good portion of this bathroom and get everything cleaned up. And, uh, obviously all the drywall had to go that was affected. And, um, yeah, she had, you know, probably something she didn’t really want or want to have to pay for, but she had a nice shiny new bathroom right off the bat moving into this place. Of course, you know, the, the rest of the townhouse had to be attended to as well because, um, it just wasn’t in the bat in the bathroom. That’s where the main main issue was, but it had spread. And so, you know, just about every surface throughout the town home had to be attended to as well. So just a little bit of water damage Denver there over the years, accumulated test could have, should have happened, didn’t, and you know, good little chunk of money that this poor family had to invest right off the top as they moved into their new townhome. Last, uh, last example for today. Let’s see, we have a bag to choose from. Let’s pull out chair. Mm.

Let’s talk about, well, kind of touched on it just briefly here, but um, another, another bathroom situation where again, not necessarily, I’m not going to call these people negligent or ignorant by any means, but major nasty old failing cocking and even some grout lines that, uh, we’re starting to fall out in their shower. So again, you know, you imagine folks, multiple individuals in this family using the shower at least once a day, if not more often with, you know, I think there were four for folks living in the home at the time and uh, just a little bit of water going through right at the base of the shower or the caulking was clearly falling out and even there were signs of mildew on the outside of it there. But then as you looked at, um, the, the non sanded grout lines, super tiny little grout lines, but you know, four inch glaze tiles and it, it does happen.

Grout and grout will pop out, grab, we’ll fail, happens over time, could be a result of, of poor installed. But you know, it, it can just start to fall out over time. And certainly in this one it was older and who knows how long this had been going on. But there again, um, this gal, this poor gal ended up really having to, uh, have some major health, uh, situations going on with her because she was super sensitive and this really started to affect her to the point where she had to be hospitalized, if I’m not mistaken. She literally had to, um, she had to literally had to go get diagnosed for a were specific condition and they did trace it back to um, what, what kind of bacteria and what kind of mold had been growing in her bathroom. So that doesn’t happen that often.

But there again, you know, not to use anything that would be considered a scare tactic at all, but it’s just something that you never even want to remotely consider Water Damage Denver. You sometimes may not understand that you have a sensitivity to something in particular, but that little bit of water damage, that little bit of um, you know, failing grout, failing, cocking and over a considerable amount of time with the right conditions, with the right organic matter that things can grow on a, you can have something fairly serious. And like I said at the beginning of the podcast, health and safety are our number one priority. So we would much rather people take some time, look over their belongings, look over kind of their specific situations and make sure that there’s absolutely no way that that would ever happen to them. All of this to be said, mold is here to stay. It’s everywhere. To be quite honest with you, you just have to make sure you put yourself in the best position to um, mitigate and to minimize, uh, anything that could be harmful to your, your Water Damage Denver family. So never want it to happen to anybody, but we’re sure here to be of assistance if it does. Bigfoot restoration. Seven, two, zero five, seven, five foot. Enjoy your beautiful Colorado Day. We will talk to you soon.