Okay, people. We have mold.
Luckily, it's contained on the damaged wall. Our home owner's insurance company sent a guy over to assess the damage from our weekend adventure, and he found mold behind the wall and down to the floor. Oh, yay! Turns out that the leak must have happened about 2 weeks ago. Yep. 2 weeks of leaking water. 2 weeks of my children playing in their playroom with that crud growing on the wall. 2 weeks of breathing in spores of mold. 2 weeks, people, 2 weeks!!
Luckily, nobody got sick.
The guy tore down the paneling today and sprayed some sterlizer stuff on it. In the morning, the huge sanitation and resoration begins. I'm just glad the mold will be gone before baby comes. Now THAT is not something I could deal with! A new baby with mold...yuck! Not doing that to the kid.
What's good, though, is the insurance will pay for the mold removal, the wall restoration, and new carpet. But new carpet EVERYWHERE! Yay! New carpet in the whole basement! On the stairs! Carpet we will like! That isn't decades old and grimy! Yay! However, that will NOT be done before baby comes. But that's okay. No carpet in the basement won't be bad like mold in the house would be bad... :)