Hi, this is Mark with big foot restoration repair. We’re going to go over and talk about a few jobs that we’ve done in the previous weeks and how we mitigated them. Um, and how we took care of the, uh, water damage Denver jobs here in the great state of Colorado. Um, the previous one that we have done that, um, I’m going to cover today is, uh, the individual had a leak in their basement and they had a, uh, a mat underneath their, uh, bike that they, a elliptical bike that they use and they moved into a different part and notice that there was what they thought was mold growing underneath there and on the floor as well was a hardwood floor. Um, so they gave us a call, found us, um, through a Google search and found us, so went out, um, and took a look at that.
So we uh, came to determine there. Um, there was some water moisture you’re going on there. We had, we used a, one of our pieces of equipment that we use on all of our water damage Denver jobs. Um, it’s an infrared camera and we can able, we’re able to see, uh, moisture within walls there. Um, and uh, we kinda had a clear about halfway down the wall. Um, there was, uh, showing indications of moisture as well as our, um, other instruments that we use is uh, uh, consense moisture on drywall and floors and stuff like that. So we use that tool on our water damage Denver jobs and we found that there was a water about five feet down and kind of spread out once it hit the, uh, near the floor there went out about 12 feet across. So, uh, anytime we see mold like that on, on, generally we will find them on our water damage.
Denver jobs, if there’s been a slow leak or they’ve been gone or something like that. Very rarely will you get it. If there was a quick leak and you found it and you took care of things, um, it does happen, but very rarely. So this one gave us indication that something was leaking at a slow rate that, um, just because there wasn’t puddles or anything like that. Um, so that’s what mold needs is kind of a constant supply of moisture and darkness in a cool place. And that’s an ideal breeding place for mold. So that gave us indication that something was, was leaking slowly, uh, behind the wall there. So what we did though on on most, if not all of our water jobs, we want to test the air quality. Uh, we want to make sure it’s a safe environment. Even though we will on a job like this, we will certainly do a containment, but we want to do a pre test and a post test.
So it, it gives the client that peace of mind that things are, uh, mitigated and taken care of and it, they now have a clean, safe indoor environment. So we bring in a third party, um, air quality testing company that will test verify that it is indeed mold, kind of what our spore count is in the air and kind of they will go through the house to make sure it’s not something that’s really getting airborne. And, and now we have an issue throughout the house. So they will do a test that at the point of where we know the damage occurred and then kind of spread out from there doing samples, um, and a different areas of the house just to make sure everything is safe. So we called them in on this water damage Denver job and we had them test the air and kind of give us an idea.
They will test what type of mold would Dan with, um, and go from there. So they ran the test. So unfortunately this puts things on hold. Um, we always do a rush to get the results back in a timely manner and generally it’s the same day and that’s how it was on this particular job, uh, was the same day results. So they came out on a Tuesday, uh, got us a results Tuesday evening and we knew and we set up of course of action and what we were going to do the following day. So I got the test back and it was fortunate it was just contained to this particular area. So we set up a pretty good sized containment, get allows us some room to work as well as we know that there’s going to be some drywall work done. Um, painting, texturing, all of that in new flooring.
So, uh, allows that so we can kind of contain this dust as well. Um, when they’re putting up the dry wall and in mudding and sanding and doing all that, we don’t want that spreading throughout the house side there. So we went ahead and set up a pretty good sized containment, um, a good distance, uh, back about 12 feet back from, from where the, uh, the water damage occurred on this, uh, loss and so allows us some room to work. So what we did set up containment first. Um, anytime we’re dealing with mold, we wanted down on our P P um, and make sure our technicians are safe and we’re, we’re following guidelines on, on what we need to do when, when addressing any type of mold mitigation.
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Uh, so we went ahead and did that. Uh, then started removing, um, baseboard, um, sub floor or the floor, I’m sorry, not sub floor, but, uh, the flooring, the wood floors removed, uh, the part and just kinda, you just work back until, uh, there was no more moisture. So we’ve went back about three feet from the wall. So we had to take out a good section about three by 15 feet of hardwood floor and then we went ahead and removed the dry wall, you know, and once we removed it, you just don’t know where it’s coming from. So it’s can be frustrating at times if you don’t know exactly what’s causing it. We help through the process of removing drywall that we were able to see and find what’s causing the water leak. And so on this particular job, when we opened up the wall, there was a drainage line that was coming down from the, the kitchen sink that had, um, kind of a flex tube in there that had a cut in it.
So anytime they used excessive amounts of water, um, you know, a normal wash, a dish and um, you know, put it away type of thing. Didn’t cause it to leak, but, uh, you know, you’re running it for a while and you’re doing a series of dishes that would cause it to then leak. So that’s what happened in, in fortunate when we opened up the wall, we were able to see this leak as well and it’s pretty obvious. Um, we’d call in a plumber. We had scheduled them to come in right after us repair that, that issue. So they always a good sign when you do a water damage Denver job to find what the water, sometimes it’s very obvious and sometimes you just don’t know. So, um, this one we, uh, we were fortunate to find it and they’re happy to see that as well.
So we moved to dry wall, everything that was pretty wet. Uh, so we were down to a framing. Um, we cut kind of a, a about a six feet tall, dry wall, about three feet across and then down. And then when we got near the flooring, it spread out and kind of whipped up the dry wall. So we had to cut back another two feet. And so we went ahead on this water damage Denver. Dimmer job was cut at about two feet by almost 12 feet down by the base or by the floor. So we exposed everything. Um, the mold was, was removed, some of the framing had mold. So we have to mitigate that. Uh, we use a different series of HEPA vacuum as well as products that we put down that um, attack mold as well as a wire brush and, and more HEPA backing.
So it’s, there’s a process that we go through that and I intend sure that we’re going to get, get rid of all the mold and make sure it’s safe to put everything back. So, um, went ahead and did that. Um, the framing was still wet and so we then we’ll put in a dehumidifier and an air scrubbers. The air scrubber will clean the, the air within that. A containment makes sure anything that, uh, any spores or anything that may have kicked up during our removal of the drywall and the flooring that we go ahead and have that filtered out. Um, we have HEPA filters within the air scrubbers, um, which will area of that size. It will circulate in and filter out that air about every hour. And it’s a small area. So every hour we’ll get that, that air will get cleaner and cleaner and cleaner. And so, um, we certainly want this, um, being that we’re going to do a post test as well and we want to make sure everything is safe to put everything back together, rebuild drywall and new Bay spores, the new flooring, new paint.
So we went ahead and set up a dehumidifier, an air scrubber. Um, we set this up for a couple of days that are unsure that we dry out the uh, the framing in that amount of time as well as uh, get the air nice and clean and make sure we have no scores or any indication of any mold. So on this water job, water damage Denver job, we uh, spend a total of three days on there. So setting up the containment, waiting for the results to come through, go ahead and mitigating it, and then leaving the air scrubber in the next two days. Um, so we were, we did not do any rebuild on this particular job. Uh, they had a contractor that they wanted to use, which is fine. Uh, we had the post tests come back and everything came back clean. And so we knew everything was safe and we did our job properly on this water damage. Denver job, um, left to containment up until after the, uh, the construction there. So it helps out the, the contractors as well. Sometimes they just don’t think about containment and they just go right, right to work and then they have this fine dust that gets circulated throughout the whole house. So we left that up to help them, uh, keep her clean in indoor environment.
So this was another successful, uh, mitigation there. We, we found the problem, took care of it, uh, mitigated the mold there. A very happy client, left a great review forest, and we, uh, are on to our next job. So if you ever have any, uh, mold mitigation that needs done or looked at, remember big foot restoration repair.