Top Tips To Prevent Carpet Mold Growth After A Major Leak
Has your home been in a flood lately? Perhaps, rather than a flood, you experienced a major plumbing leak. Regardless, your carpet, and probably the padding beneath it, have become saturated. It’s unsightly, yes. But there’s a far more serious problem lurking.
Carpet mold growth.
What can be done to protect your family and restore your carpet?
What to Do about Water Damage
If you are a homeowner, you know how challenging and frustrating it can be to experience water damage. It can be the result of various situations or accidents including flooding, minor leaks, roof damage, or burst pipes. Because water damage can present numerous problems if left untreated, it is important to react immediately if your home has been flooded or water damaged. This applies, in particular, to your carpeting, were mold and mildew can hide.
Follow these steps after a major plumbing leak has occurred.
Get Rid of That Water!
Once again, time is of the essence. Whatever area of your home was affected by the leak, you must remove all of the water as soon as possible. A wet-dry vacuum can be of great assistance here, particularly with standing water. Additionally, you may wish to incorporate large fans, which will also can be helpful in the next step of the drying out process. Keep those fans going night and day because it’s going to take days to completely dry out the carpet.
The Entire Room Must Be Dried Out
After water damage, not only carpeting, but the entire room could be experiencing excessive moisture. That’s why, in addition to large fans, you’ll want to employ the services of a dehumidifier. The dehumidifier can help prevent mildew and mold from forming throughout the room, even in tight places.
Carpet and Floor Cleaning and Drying
So, you’ve removed the water, you’ve dried everything, and set up a dehumidifier. Unfortunately, water damage usually means that padding under the carpet needs to be replaced. Good steam cleaning might help salvage your carpet, but not the padding. Tear up the carpet, put down new padding, and then replace your freshly cleaned carpet.
Cleaning/Sanitizing Walls and Baseboards
This is an essential step and should never be neglected. Water affects more than just the carpeting. It can seep its way into baseboards and walls. All surfaces should be scrubbed and sanitized with a bleach mixture. Don’t get bleach on the carpeting!
Was the Furniture Damaged?
Your furniture sits on the carpeting that was water damaged. Check to see if any of that water found its way into your furniture. Wooden legs on furniture should be cleaned with a bleach mixture but any upholstery that came into contact with the water should be professionally cleaned. Again, the dehumidifier will assist in drying your furniture.
Remedying the Problem Efficiently
When it comes to wet-dry vacs, dehumidifiers, and large fans, not everyone has those in their closet. Renting them can be pricey and inconvenient. Enlisting the services of a professional rug restoration service is a good option for many homeowners. This way, the job is done correctly, thoroughly, and most likely guaranteed.
Riley’s Oriental Rug Cleaning does far more than clean and repair Oriental rugs. We offer wall-to-wall carpet cleaning, tile and grout restoration, and more. If your home has flooded, or you’ve experienced a severe leak, and your carpet has been saturated, call us today. Time is of the essence. We can help you assess the situation and recommend the best possible solution.