Water Damage in a Yorba Linda Rental Home
Being a landlord is tricky business. You have to ensure that your property is in market condition but doing that means you have to rely on your tenants to be on the lookout for things that could go bad before they actually do. Failure to spot warning signs usually means that, at some point or another, there is going to be a disaster. Unfortunately, tenants are not as mindful about your property as you would be for a simple reason; it’s not theirs!
Recently, SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea had an opportunity to assist one of our clients in such a situation. In this instance, as in many projects we’re involved in, not only did we work with the property owner but we also worked with the insurance adjuster, and the tenant in order to achieve a happy ending for everyone. This is one important way of ensuring that our slogan is always true; we work hard to make you feel ‘Like it never even happened.’
What happened was that a Yorba Linda landlord of a rental house was notified by his tenant that mold had formed in the guest room. Being a room that was not used very often, the tenant was not sure exactly how long the mold had been there.
Upon receiving the call, our Dispatch Manager, Xochitl, scheduled Project Manager, Cesar Arcila to go to the home and perform an inspection and present the landlord with a quote. Cesar’s inspection revealed that there was major water damage. A pipe that ran through the guest room’s closet wall had been leaking for quite some time – as evidenced by the amount of mold that had been allowed to form, the fact that the drywall was saturated and that it was soaked down to the carpet and baseboards. Upon the owner’s agreement to the quote and our contract, Cesar asked our Crew Chief to bring out our team of highly trained and personally committed technicians.
Tackling the water damage proceeded as follows: We placed a dehumidifier to control the moisture content in the room. As the room was drying out, we demo’d the impacted drywall, carpet and carpet padding. Once exposed, we were able to scrub all mold from the studs using sand paper and an anti-microbial spray. The room itself was isolated from the rest of the house via a containment system (thick plastic sheeting). This was necessary to prevent spreading mold spores (part of the life-cycle of mold and the way mold colonizes new areas). We used a HEPA filter to scrub the air to EPA standards.
Because of the possible health risks, mold remediation should not be attempted without proper training and the use of special hazmat suits and ventilators.
It took several days to fully dry the room. The homeowner was very appreciative of our expertise and knowledge concerning the potential hazards of mold.
Are you currently facing a mold challenge of your own?
Convinced and ready to roll? Give SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea a call at 714-701-0207.