Mold Remediators Find Toxic Mold in Des
Moines Basement Because of Eight Different
EnviroFry found and remediated four types of toxic mold in a Des Moines, Iowa,
Montrose, MI, October 25, 2013 -- Certified Mold Inspectors Phillip and Divine Fry of
EnviroFry discovered extensive levels of four different dangerous toxic molds
(Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Chaetomium mold species) October 19,
2013, during the mold inspection and investigation of a suburban Des Moines residence.
Pictures from the mold-infested house basement are available at
The mold growth was one of the largest residential mold problems that Phillip had ever
encountered in his 14 years as a mold inspector across Iowa, nationwide US, Canada, and
Asia. Phillip is also webmaster of the 400 page mold information site
The mold growth was so big and unhealthy in the home’s basement because the house
was simultaneously being flooded for over an extended time period by eight different
water intrusion problems---
1. The flush valve and flapper of the downstairs toilet was broken, causing a heavy flow
of water to pour into the entire basement 24 hours per day, every day, that is likely to
have flowed for a year or longer.
2. The upstairs bathroom bathtub drain was not connected properly with the resulting
problem that when the bathtub water was draining, much of the tub water poured into the
3. The upstairs bathroom toilet flange connection of the toilet to the sewer drain pipe was
broken into several pieces, resulting in no strong and water-tight connection between the
toilet and the sewer pipe. This broken connection enabled dirty sewage water to leak into
4. The sewage pipe from the toilet had a bad joint connection in the basement utility
room, thus causing additional sewage water to flow into the basement.
5. The kitchen sink faucet and water supply line had ongoing leaks that caused water to
flow into the basement and mold to grow inside the kitchen sink cabinet.
6. The downspout from the rear roof gutter was not connected to gutter, thus enabling
substantial amounts of rainfall to run into the ground and to enter the house through the
basement walls, causing substantial mold growth inside the basement in the immediate
area of the outside unconnected downspout.
7. The roof gutters in both the front and rear of the house were filled with leaves and tree
branches and twigs, thus preventing proper flow of the roof rainfall into the gutter,
downspout, and thus away from the house, and thus causing water intrusion problems
into the basement walls.
8. The basement walls had several major cracks on one side and the front of the house.
Such cracks enabled ground water and rain water to enter into the basement.
The most effective way to have no mold problems is to have no water problems. Property
owners, managers, and tenants should continually inspect their buildings for roof leaks,
siding leaks, plumbing leaks, and mold growth to prevent the mold hell that was created
by water problems in the suburban Des Moines residence. Learn how to do mold
inspections at www.buildingmoldinspection.com.
EnviroFry removed and discarded the large amount of mold-infested basement drywall.
In addition, EnviroFry mold technicians: (1) removed mold growth from the wood
timbers in the basement walls; (2) provided two separate eight hour long high output
ozone treatments into the basement, as well as the main living level and attic; (3) ran a
large air scrubber in the basement and main level of the house to remove airborne mold
spores and mycotoxins (mold poisons generated from growing mold); and
(4) vacuumed all surfaces with a HEPA vacuum cleaner; (5) encapsulated all mold-
remediated timbers with paint containing an EPA-registered fungicide to help prevent
future moisture intrusion and mold growth; (6) fixed the home’s gutter problems; and (7)
coordinated EnviroFry mold removal services with a leading Des Moines plumbing
company that repaired all of the house’s many plumbing problems.
For mold inspection, testing, and remediation of a home, workplace, or commercial
building anywhere in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania,
or nationwide USA, email Phillip Fry firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone him toll-free 1-
866-300-1616, or Phillip’s cell phone 1-480-310-7970, or visit the company website
10104 Sheridan Rd., Montrose
Michigan, USA 48457