We got a call to this house for a musty smell in the basement. The homeowner contracted STOP to perform the mold remediation and restoration of their basement. First step in beginning a mold remediation job is to determine where the water is coming from that’s creating the mold. From the inside of the home everything looks good. There are no water stains on the walls. The windows are in great shape, so we look outside. The landscape is sloping toward the foundation in this area of the basement. I’ve seen worse, but if there is a crack in the foundation that could cause the water damage.

We begin to demo the area and we find that the builder or previous homeowner laid 2×4 on the concrete and then ¾” plywood over that to create the floor you walked on. The foundation wall was sound (no cracks), but they someone installed water lines beneath the floor and one a pin hole in it. The plumber told us that when you open the sink faucet and water starts to come out the pipe will vibrate. Over time this vibration wore a hole through the copper and caused the leak. It had been leaking for a very long time because all the wood was rotted and moldy.

We created a confinement barrier around the water damaged area. When anyone remediates mold they are going to disrupt it and spores will become airborne. To protect the rest of the home from these mold spores STOP will cover all vents and ducts and create a confinement barrier. This keeps all contaminates contained until they can be filtered and vacuumed with our HEPA equipment.

We rebuilt the floor as it was previously built, but we added insulation and shims to lift the pipe from the concrete so the same thing doesn’t happen again. The homeowner was happy to finally resolve the musty / moldy smell in the basement and we learned something about plumbing and how you can’t always find the source of the water damage until you remove some of the wall or floor.