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Apartment Mold

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on a white wall Mold usually comes from moisture within the wall.

When I was young and my friends and I had just started moving out into our own apartments, we didn't really know anything about what to look for when it came to water damage.  When the mold appeared on the bathroom wall three months later, we didn't know what to do, so we called maintenance.  He came in and inspected it, and we talked for a while and we just assumed the mold was likely from condensation, and that we needed to take less showers.  He cleaned it up with bleach, and that was that.  Every few months that mold would reappear on the wall, and we'd just spray it with bleach and make it go away.

Fast forward 20 years, now working at a restoration company, I sure know better.  I know that the mold wasn't from our showers, but likely from a water leak in the wall next to the toilet.  I know now that spraying the bleach only changed the appearance, but didn't treat the mold.  And I also know now that the maintenance guy (who was actually pretty helpful) didn't really know what he was looking at either, or how to properly treat it.

I have to say that was my favorite apartment, but I do wish I could go back in time and ask if we could look a little further into the wall.

Here at SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello, that's what we do!  We know that most maintenance teams with apartments and property management companies know what they're doing, but there will always be times that they need a hand.  That's the best time to call us.  If you ever need assistance in an apartment, give us a call. 208-242-3819 

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