Salt Lake City Utah Water Damage in The Avenues
We were called to a Utah water damage in the area of D Street a few days ago. The house was vacant and under contract and supposed to close in a week or two. The house was beautiful. It had been immaculately remodeled, it was very well done. The water originated on the top floor and went down two more levels. There were some wet carpets. The other damage was not so obvious or much of it not even apparent. We performed our inspection using an infrared camera and a variety of moisture meters and tools. The dampness and damage to the walls, ceilings and hardwood floors were not apparent with out the use of the moisture meters. We walked the owners/sellers through and showed them the damage. At about that time a carpet cleaning van arrived. The owners had used this carpet cleaning company for cleaning in the past. The carpet cleaners walked through and identified the wet carpets; no meters were needed. The carpet cleaners offered their services to the owners of: extracting the water from the wet carpets, removing the wet padding, and using their two fans to dry the carpet in 3 days, and relay carpet and pad. The carpet cleaners admittedly knew nothing about diagnosing or drying wet walls, ceilings or hardwood floors. The budget and schedule was attractive to the sellers; after all the other damage was “hidden”, and the closing would not have to be postponed. This of course is highly unethical to not divulge known damage to buyers. Our proposal to correctly mitigate and dry the water damage would have required about 20 fans, 3 dehumidifiers, wall and floor drying systems over about 5 days. So, the moral is: If you are closing on the beautifully finished home in the avenues in the next couple of weeks “Buyer Beware”, the sellers have ignored Utah water damage damage that may have allowed mold to grow.