Woohoo! Broke in the new house: left the water faucet on....

So the water ran full blast in the bathroom for about 4 hours.
short version: what can I expect? Anyone that has done this / fixed this and pointing and laughing all allowed. ;)
(most of the water went through the vent, I have the crawlspace open and a fan blowing in, slowly drying the wood out but two days passed and you can still see heavy wet spots under the house looking up, the inside of the house 'seems' dry already)
only one room was affected from the top down view, all the water fell through the vent when it tried to get past a certain point
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Congratulations on breaking in the house. :) I won't point and laugh -- I haven't done that particular dumb thing, but I've been a dumbass in other ways. :)
I think you're probably ok -- dry the area very thoroughly. Mold will only be a problem if the area stays wet.
Best wishes.-
Donna
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Can't beat my story! I moved to another state. The real estate company selling my old house forgot to turn off the water when the cold weather came to upstate NY. I got a long distance phone call from the fire dept in mid-January saying that someone had spotted water coming out of the front porch of my house. Turned out that a second story pipe had split and water came down the walls into the basement filling it with 8' of water until it poured out the lower first floor. The water covered the gas furnace and water heater, not to mention the mess it made of the downstairs walls. The real estate company said it was my fault and refused to pay any damages. The entire lower level had to be gutted and new walls, flooring and rugs replaced. Believe it or not, the furnace (gas forced air) started right up after it dried out!
On Wed, 31 May 2006 23:18:49 GMT, "Donna"

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I'd close things up and get a couple of dehumidifiers running along with the fan. You can rent them from a hardware rental place, you'll probably only need them for a couple of days.
S
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Better safe than sorry... run 'em for a week!!
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