9:21 PM 01/01/2013
We just had a washing machine leak in our first floor bathroom (tile floor) and there was briefly a lot of water pouring into our basement storage room (the ceiling in there is unfinished and therefore not sealed) I've gotten everything cleaned up and drying off as best I can, but I can't get everywhere behind the washer/dryer- is there a danger of mold developing in the floor?
Well, yes. A one-time leak isn't nearly as bad as a hidden continuous leak - IF you can dry it out in a timely way. "Behind the washer" i'm not sure what that implies, is it behind a gypsum wall with insulation? If you're getting the moisture up and using a dehumidifier (see if you can rent a big one - might be tough after sandy) its a good step. A little mold won't kill you if you get as much moisture up as fast as possible. Speed is king when it comes to drying out most organic materials. A few small blotches of mold in a house is not the end of the world for an accident that was one time and dried out, and probabally encapsulated a little.
12:57 PM 01/02/2013 | -1 Votes