Cleaning up after water leak...
Hey! New member here, I actually signed up so I could ask about how to locate a water leak I recently discovered. In gathering data to make the problem easier to pinpoint, I actually discovered the leak. The valves to my shower were leaking behind the wall, but only when the water was running. This has only been going on for about 3 weeks, and I only noticed the leak because my carpet began to smell unpleasant in another room. Basically the water was leaking from the valves, down an interior wall, then moving about 10 feet to settle against an exterior wall (all under the carpet). Now that I have located the leak and can fix it, I need some advice as to how to clean this mess up. I am located in Texas, this is a slab house, single story. The carpet closest to the leak itself does not smell (at least not yet) but where it has been pooling smells musty, almost like mildew. I don't want to go the cheap route here and end up with a nasty mold problem, but tearing down walls doesn't really appeal to me. I'm wondering now if I should rip up all the affected carpet, maybe even sheetrock that might have gotten wet? Or will deep-treating only the affected part of the carpet solve the issue? With a semi-closed environment I don't know if I can trust all the moisture to simply evaporate, even with Texas heat on my side. The house was built as part of a development in 1978, so I don't know if treated lumber was used either. Any help there would be appreciated. Hopefully because the leak hasn't been present that long there won't be any major damage. I don't necessarily want to tear my house apart, but I do want to fix this right so I don't have to worry about developing mold allergies or worse. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!