The leak showed up in our hallway, right outside our bathroom and on the other side of the washing machine. We have had trouble with the washing machine drain before (backing up). Recently the gas company came and sent a camera down our main vent (doing this to all the houses in the neighborhood for survey reasons, they said). The clean-out vent is right next to the washing machine drain, so we are wondering if they loosened something that then went into the drain pipe and clogged it causing water to overflow. We only saw a little bit of mold, but most of the wall board was clean. My husband cut it out and shop vac'd everything up. I will spray everything down with bleach water and then set a fan on it to dry out. The faucet for the bathroom sink is also right in among these pipes. Anything else we should do? We have wood floors - how much should we worry about the water not drying out under floorboards? There were only a couple of planks affected. We live in the Sonoran desert and it's still in the hundreds here, so we're not terribly worried about humidity. But it will start cooling down (to nineties for high) next week. What should the next step be? And thank you!
One other question - does water and bleach kill mold? Reading all sorts of things on the web saying yes and no.
Last edited by helpwithmyhouse; 10-01-2012 at 11:10 PM.
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