Clean water line broke flooding dirt crawl space. Water pumped out. Next?
Live in a rural area east of Reno, NV, and no “pros” around. Currently using only a very large fan; weather is expected to remain cold. Should I get construction heater? I was afraid of encouraging mold with heat. Affected surface area approx 2000 sq. ft. Would appreciate some advice.
1st of all, lets not worry about encouraging mold with heat, that’s not how it works. Two things cause mold: wet and the mold having “food”. For example, if the crawlspace is clean, with no garbage or construction debris, you really don’t have to worry about mold except on any surfaces that mold forms on; wood, drywall etc. Mold will form within 72 hrs of a surface getting wet, but if there is nothing for it to eat, then it will go dormant once it dries. As long as it stays dry, no problem, if it gets wet again, mold will come back. The fan should work fine, just the airflow will dry. Make sure the fan is on a safe circuit, so that you can leave it on all the time. Once dry, you can spray any affected surfaces with bleach, (wear a mask), just to be sure. If you still have questions, email me.
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