Water Damage, Air Movers, Bacteria, Mold and Other Creepy Things

Our lovely, moldy subfloor!

We recently had a problem with our A/C, which was repaired a few weeks ago. A week or so later, I tried to open the door to the powder room, and it would not pass over the area rug in the foyer. When I looked at the hardwood floors, I realized they were cupping – turning up on the edges. In fact, the entire floor had risen… just enough to prevent the door from passing over the rug. We had sustained water damage when the A/C overflow pan had overflowed. It affected the floors in the powder room, too.


Next we experienced a flurry of repairmen, water damage experts, estimates, insurance adjusters and scary scenarios of dangerous bacteria and mold and other yucky things that could occur if this mess wasn’t taken care of immediately. When we asked how long all this would take, we were told, “Longer than you’d like.”

The workers came a couple of days ago and pulled up the hardwoods in the foyer. That’s when we learned that the kitchen floors sustained water damage too and must also be replaced.

kitchen floor, foyer floor and very noisy air mover

 We have four of those “air movers” situated around the foyer and two in the garage. Looks just like a fan, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it IS a fan – a heavy-duty fan, but still a fan. The pros prefer the term “air mover.” Who am I to argue with professionals? We also have a dehumidifier in the foyer. The sub-floor was WET which caused the hardwoods to warp. I’m told these noisy “air movers” will dry it out but it will take days.

Then the floors will be treated with mystery  chemicals. Things I don’t want to think about.

Just so you know (and I’m sure you do), you MUST have all water damaged areas (floors, walls, etc.) removed and/or dried and treated for mold. Mold can grow under there, and that can cause all kinds of nasty health issues.


  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Allergic-type reactions
  • Headache
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • General feeling of malaise

I’ve had that last symptom since the Carter administration.

Nasty bacteria can also get in there, but we’re not going into that. Mold is enough to scare the bajungies out of you. Stay tuned for further updates: deciding whether to upgrade, choosing new flooring, installation of new floors, etc.

Note: The carpet on the stairs looks so clean in that first shot. Don’t believe your lying eyes.


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