When flooding occurs inside your home it can become a major expense to repair and replace the damaged areas. Many will choose to restore their home’s carpet after a flooding to help save money. However, due to the nature of carpet, it can be very difficult to restore after a flooding. Carpet Care 2000 will share how to preserve carpet after a flood and prevent mold from developing in your carpets.
Water Damage Can Lead to Harmful Mold Exposure
One of the major issues when carpet gets flooded is mold development. Mold can begin to develop very quickly and depending on what contaminates and conditions are present, some of the worst types of mold can develop leading to some major health problems. One of the biggest challenges and the focus on restoring carpet after a flooding is to prevent mold. In order to salvage your carpets you must prevent mold from developing. After a flooding follow these steps to drying, cleaning and treating the carpet to prevent mold growth.
Water Damage Restoration Process
Step 1. Depending on how severe the flood or water exposure to the carpet you will know if it is a DIY job or one for the professional. If the flooding has been severe, it is recommended that you have a professional come and restore the carpet. They will have the equipment to pump the water out of the carpet and dry more efficiently. In minor situations you can use a shop vacuum to suck the water out of the carpet. You will want to remove as much water out of the carpet as you can, so be thorough when sucking water out.
Step 2. Open all of the doors and windows to provide plenty of air circulation. Also turn on all the lights in your home. The light can prevent mold growth. Turn on all ceiling fans, or portable fans, and begin drying the carpet. It is also recommended that you use a dehumidifier to help remove more water and even the moisture in the air. You may need to leave the fan, lights and dehumidifier running all night long or until the carpet and the padding is completely dry.
Step 3. Once the carpet feels mostly dry, generously sprinkle baking soda on top of the carpet. This can help remove more of the moisture in the carpet. While the baking soda is absorbing the moisture it is also removing the odor at the same time. Keep the fan, dehumidifier and lights on for another 24 hours to ensure the carpet is completely dry. Attempt during this drying process to keep foot traffic to a minimal.
Step 4. Treat the carpet by cleaning the carpet. You can use a professional or rent an industrial carpet cleaning machine. You will want to get a cleaning solution capable of killing mold and other fungus or bacteria. There are many types of carpet mold removers you can use. Make sure to be thorough when cleaning your carpets.
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If the carpet was exposed to sewage water, then it is strongly recommended that you replace the carpet due to the number of contaminants. If you find you want the help of a professional carpet restoration service, then contact Carpet Care 2000. We provide many services including flood damage restoration. Contact Carpet Care 2000 today!