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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Mold Found Behind Baseboard in Bend, Oregon Commercial Building

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

After a coffee machine line sprung a leak, the commercial building tenant cleaned up the puddles of water that had settled on the floor.

A week later, one of the employees began smelling a musty odor in the same room that the coffee machine had the leak. SERVPRO of Bend's water team was called out to investigate.

Upon further investigation, the technician found that, though the water had been cleaned from the coffee machine incident, the water had just enough time to "wick" or be absorbed by some of the floor and wall material.

After metering the area with a surface moisture meter, the technician found it necessary to pull away the baseboard. They found microbial growth behind the baseboard. Most likely pre-existing from another loss, but since the most recent loss introduced moisture, the team took action and removed the damaged materials, along with the existing microbial growth.

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