Flooding, burst pipes, and plumbing leaks are something both home and business owners do not want to have to deal with. Typically unexpected, these issues often require costly repairs. Not only can water damage compromise the structure of your home, but it can damage also damage the flooring. When carpeting or flooring becomes water damaged, it becomes susceptible to mildew and mold growth. This is something that you want to avoid, as mold can cause your carpeting to become smelly.
If your flooring or carpeting is affected by water damage, the best way to save it from becoming non-salvageable and moldy is by having a professional water damage restoration company address the situation immediately, identifying and stopping the source of water damage and then taking the necessary steps to extract any water and properly dry the affected area. However, we put together some steps to follow to better dry your carpet and prevent mold growth.
It is essential to act quickly when water has accumulated in any area of your home. Once water has affected your carpeting, you should begin drying it as quickly as possible. However, you must first remove the water. A wet-dry vacuum can be used to remove any standing or excess water. In order to prevent mold from forming in your carpeting, speed is of the utmost importance. You can choose to use tools like a carpet-drying fan to expedite the process and achieve the fast drying that’s essential in preventing mold. Be sure to keep the fans on day and night. It may take a few days to get the carpeting completely dry, but if done properly, your carpeting should be dry in no time.
Dry The Room Out
After water damage, in addition to the carpeting, there will be excess moisture in the room. A dehumidifier is one of the best ways to remove the excess moisture from the area. Additionally, a humidifier will help prevent mold and mildew from forming in the spaces throughout the affected area.
Steam The Floors
Once the water is removed and the room is dried out, you can now begin cleaning your carpeting and other damaged assets. Typically, Carpet padding must often be replaced after water damage, but the carpet itself can typically be salvaged after a good steam cleaning. If you do not own a steam cleaner, you can typically find rental steam cleaners available at hardware stores. Replacing padding is much cheaper than completely re-carpeting the entire area.
Clean and Sanitize Walls
After the floors are steam cleaned, be sure clean and sanitize the walls and baseboards — as well as any additional areas that may have been affected by the water. A good scrub of all surfaces should do the trick.
In addition to carpeting, leaks and flood waters in your home can certainly take a toll on your furniture too. Make sure to take the necessary measures to clean and sanitize furniture so that it can be salvaged, or to replace furniture that simply can’t be returned to a sanitary, usable state. Try running a dehumidifier near your furniture to help prevent excess moisture from soaking into the wood and fabric of the furnishings in your home.
By following these steps, you are more likely to save your water damaged carpeting by drying and cleaning it properly. However, it can be a hassle to do on your own, and one of the better and more convenient ways to ensure your carpeting is saved is to hire a professional water removal and cleanup company, like 24/7 Aquadry. Contact us today for a free estimate.