Well, my water heater burst late Saturday night. I didn't hear it, and when we woke up Sunday morning, a quarter of our bedroom floor was soaked, and the entire floor of our new room addition had a 1/2" of water in it.
We live in South Florida, so it's a 2,300 sq-ft single story layout with no basement. The water heater is located in the laundry room inside the home. It leaked through the baseboards, into the bedroom (corner of the room) and into the new room.
That morning, I pulled the water and dryer out. Shut off the main water, drained the water heater, and had a new one installed by the afternoon of the following morning.
I spent all day Sunday drying and cleaning the floors. I vacuumed up all the water I could with a WET / DRY vac.
I pulled the carpet up in my bedroom and spent about 3 hours with a hair dryer and left a big box fan angled at the area.
I had an insurance adjuster come in just to "inspect". We're going to cover everything anyway, but figured we would have our insurance inspect the home for potential major damage since the service is free (they recommend it anyway).
The inspector said I did a good job of drying out the bedroom (floor is carpet), and most of the area around the washer / dryer. The inspector did say it was still a little damp (he used a device) around the base boards in the laundery room (floor is tile). The new room however, he said the baseboards are still wet according to his little meter even though it feels dry. The floor there is tile, and was laid about 6 months ago (so I'm not overly concerned about the tile).
Here's my question, what can I do to help prevent mold and to continue to dry the area in the new room and the laundry room to ensure that everything is dry and that mold does not form?
Any advice is appreciated.
Fort Lauderdale, FL