Utah Mold Removal Surprises
I would like to share something that was interesting that we found on a mold removal we did just recently. It was a small job minimal areas affected with mold. Water came from above in a hallway area and an adjoining wall going into the next room or next area.
It was apparent there was mold there. As in most cases, we would expect the be there more mold on the inside of the wall than on the whats apparent on the outside of the wall. That’s just typical and common. If you understand the principles of mold and what leads to mold, that’s what you would expect to find. Mold will grow from dampness and time and surfaces on the inside of a wall cavity have less air exposure and less exchange. That surface is likely to stay wet longer than the surface on the outside of the wall that is exposed to the air and the light and is likely to dry more quickly.
Especially in the bottom of the wall, we tend to find and expect to find more mold because you have layers of dense materials stacked up against each other. Those materials touching each other plus bottom of the wall and gravity collects the water. Those materials touching each other is likely that they will stay wet longer because you have a baseboard, drywall and then the face plate and framing. On the other side of the wall you have the same thing. Drywall and baseboards. All of those dense materials touching each other stay wet longer.
In this instance, all of those normal things were there but also during the construction, rather than carry scrap drywall out and dispose of it when the original construction was done or when the space was finished, somebody cut drywall into strips and just filled up the wall cavity with them. Inside the wall cavities that we opened up, there was several layers of drywall that had just been set inside the wall for convenience purposes. It was used as a little dump site of it’s own and there were all of these extra pieces and layers of drywall that have just been disposed of just inside the wall. As I describes, dense materials that have any organic content to them at all in the bottom of the wall they are touching, they stay wet a lot longer and a lot more mold develops there.
That’s where we found HUGE concentrations of mold on this job. We expected to find more mold inside the wall cavity and we opened there wall. Besides the normal that was on the back of the drywall here is all of these additional pieces of drywall that had been disposed of and discarded inside the wall that really magnified the mold and the mold source. Lots of mold on those extra materials that had been left in there. Way more than we would have expect to find in a normal situation.
It may have seemed like a good idea at the time for the convenience factor. We will just put it in this wall. It will never be opened in 100 years and no body will know the difference but that wall happen to get wet and lead to a lot more mold than it needed to and it is good that was opened up and that large concentration of mold was discovered and removed.