Um, yeah. The thing that scared us the most about the floods was mold. Sure, you may have thought I was more worried about the wallpaper that almost broke us, or possible damage to our buddy Karl, but in reality it was mold.
We didn't want to go from this:
(not our basement, but what I feared would happen)
You see, we finished the basement with Luca in mind. We were thinking of starting a family and decided that if a wee one was in our future, we needed a cozy space for him or her to play (and somewhere to have all of the baby 'stuff' everyone warned us about.
So when the flood(s) happened, our first concern was mold. We didn't want this space that was supposed to be for the benefit of our (at that point) unborn child to be riddled with a toxin that could cause health problems to the little guy.
We were lucky because the neighbour who 'caused' the floods was amazing about it, taking financial responsibility for any damage, and he understood our concern for the health of our home and didn't flinch when we told him we wanted to replace the carpet (all of it) after the first flood. We had done some research and everything we read said that if the water sits longer than 24 hours, mold will certainly grow and cause problems. After the first flood, our basement carpet sat underwater for about 48 hours before we noticed and before our neighbour notified us.
So the old carpet was pulled, massive fans were brought in and everything was dried for about a week and a half before the new carpet was reinstalled. Phew.
However, flood #2 wasn't as bad and we found the problem within a few hours so instead of replacing all of the carpet, J pulled up the wet edge and set the massive fans on it to dry it out. To calm any of
my our mold fears, I wanted to treat the area with some kind of mold fighting treatment to make sure that our little guy would be healthy. I figured we could just go nuts with the bleach and be done with it.
Of course, upon doing a bit more research, we realized that a) bleach may not work the way we want it to and b) it is also not great for the baby (or this preggo mama).
So lucky for us (again) we realized that we had been sent a sample of an eco-friendly mold-control product that would be perfect:
According to the website:
Concrobium Mold Control is an innovative, market leading product that effectively eliminates existing mold, prevents mold re-growth and eliminates musty odors with no harmful chemicals.
It works on drywall, wood, composite wood, concrete, tile, flooring, upholstery and a bunch of other materials. Since we were worried about the trim, drywall, concrete and carpet, this seemed to be perfect for our job. According to the manufacturer: Concrobium Mold Control effectively eliminates and prevents mold with no bleach, ammonia or VOCs. Concrobium works as it dries by crushing the mold spores at the roots and leaving behind an invisible antimicrobial barrier to prevent future mold growth.
Nothing sounds sweeter to a pregnant woman with a flooded basement than "CRUSHING THE MOLD SPORES AT THE ROOTS". Seriously.
The spray had no strong smell and we felt really comfortable using it in an area that would eventually be frequented by our baby.
So there you have it. We fought the war on mold and WON :-) I will say that since having Luca, we have definitely tried to use more eco-friendly/non-toxic cleaners in the house. J is a fan of DIY cleaners, but for something like MOLD-BUSTING, I was happy to use something a little stronger (while still remaining eco-friendly).
So tell me - do you have any experience with mold? According to Holmes on Holmes, it seems like every house is riddled with it!
*Apparently, there is an ongoing debate on how to spell mold - either mold or mould. I picked mold for no other reason than it was easier to type. :-)
** As I mentioned above, we did receive a free sample of Mold Control to try out, but a) that is pretty flukey because we were sent the sample before the flood and b) the above opinion is totally my own (and J's since he did the spraying!).