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Old 05-20-2013, 03:58 PM   #1
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Hello, someone help me please! I am in need of some good advise . So I bought my first home about 3 weeks ago... Friday while vacuuming I noticed a wet area in the WHITE carpet right against my wall. This area shared a wall with my downstairs bathroom and a closet. There was also a small wet area in the closet near the wall. So I called a plumber and they came out and fixed the leak. It was the sewage pipe from the upstairs toilet that had caused the leak. Due to the fact that this was a sewage leak they suggested I have a water restoration specialist come out and look at the house free of charge. Now before I go on I just want to clarify. The amount of water on the carpet was like a tall glass or two of water had spilled, my house is not overflowing with water! So anyway... the restoration specialist came by and said because it is sewage the carpet, carpet pad, floor boards and dry wall needed to be discarded and replaced. This includes the carpet in the hall way, living room and closet. Now while I do have home owners insurance and have already made a claim, I have a $1000 deductible. I just had surgery w/ tons of medical bills, I have a wedding coming up in 5 months and not to mention the purchase of this house and the plumber bill that was out of pocket. I do have the money however I am facing another surgery possibly and with the other expenses coming up $1000 is a set back. The plumbers removed some of the dry wall in order to repair the pipe and we put fans on both sides where the water was present and it is already dry. I'm hearing a lot of conflicting advise. I have heard it is best for a professional to take care of this to prevent mold, future damages and any sanitation issues. I have also heard this could be a simple DIY repair with a good steam cleaner and some type of mold treatment. There is not any other visible damages. No stain in the walls, ceilings, etc. I'm worried about being taken advantage of because I know NOTHING about this but also what to make sure I do the right thing for my house and family health. Thanks for any help!!!

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Welcome to the forum- sorry it took a leak to get you here
I've moved your thread over to general discussion--I think you might get better responses here.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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Three quarters of earth's population are exposed to sanitary conditions a million times worse than yours, and, surprisinly, humanity is still going strong. There will be no infection or death. Clean and dry. If you want to replace for psychological reasons, then go ahead and do it. Relax and enjoy the wedding anticipation.

Radon, mold, lead in brass, bacteriostatic soaps, sanitizers of every kind. Maybe something that filters water viruses? What else is out there so they can keep milking the cow by investing on more fear? What you described would not even be an issue in Europe, and people don't live in caves.

America is the only place I know where the market drives the need for a product or services, before even the need arises.
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I don't know much about restoration processes, but I would start by drying everything out like you have already done. Remove the affected drywall and spray the area with a water/bleach solution a couple of times over the course of a week or so. I would replace the drywall yourself, it's fairly easy to do, but maybe consider having a professional mud, tape, and prep everything for you to paint. I wouldn't worry about he carpet, as long as you have dried it really well.
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Question....if a dog pee'd or crapped on the carpet would you replace our get something like resolve carpet cleaner and clean it? Apart from that, replace/fix any damage and move on. Save your money!
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Welcome to home ownership! Speaking as someone who has owned ten houses over the past 40 years, listen to the advice previously provided. This issue is really no big deal.
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Question....if a dog pee'd or crapped on the carpet would you replace our get something like resolve carpet cleaner and clean it? Apart from that, replace/fix any damage and move on. Save your money!

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Get a dehumidifier running in the area right now. Get it as dry as you can as fast as you can. Unless this was a catastrophic pipe failure that dumped a load nasty stuff inside the walls, you have a drying/time issue, rather than much of a contamination problem. Let it set and mold will form. Get it dry and it won't. Particularly in the carpeted areas.

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