Whether you have a backyard pool and too many children and guests have ignored your “no wet feet indoors” rule, or your home has recently suffered from water damage from a busted pipe or catastrophic storm, it is important that you take the proper steps to reduce the risk of mold growing in your carpet or rugs.
Mold can quickly grow anytime your carpet stays wet for a period of time without a chance to properly dry out. After a flood, if your carpet is damp for over 24 hours, you risk mold consuming your home. The water damage alone is enough to fill your plate, you don’t want mold as well! Onsite Restoration is here to provide you with tips to reduce your risk of carpet mold after water damage.
Why Mold Prevention is Crucial
Once mold begins to consume your home, it can start to wreak havoc on your health. Many varieties can cause allergies and illness, the deadliest of them all being black mold. This can cause problems like:
- Recurrent respiratory infections
- Growth of asthma, even if you have never been diagnosed
- Asthma attacks
- Breathing difficulty
Your body likely cannot withstand the effects of mold and other biohazards in the environment.
Get Rid of the Water ASAP
If you hope to prevent a mold attack after significant water damage to your carpet, you need to remove the water immediately. Dry vacuum the surface as soon as possible to suck up significant areas of moisture and call a company like Onsite Restoration immediately. Make sure to use a vacuum rated for use with water.
Additionally, when attempting to prevent mold after water damage, ensure to check beneath furniture for pools of water or moist areas, this is a common area mold develops without anyone noticing.
Generate Air Flow
To ensure the area is completely dried out, generate good air flow in the space to remove bad odor and humanity. While the time mold takes to become a serious problem may vary case by case, it’s definitely safer to not risk it and thoroughly dry out the room.
Deep Clean Walls and Baseboards
Drying out your space is a must- so is making sure everything is nice and clean. Clean walls, hard-surface floors, and other household surfaces with soap and water. Then, follow up with a sanitizing solution of 1.5 cups of chlorin in 1 gallon of water. Don’t forget to wear protective rubber gloves while cleaning.
Baking Soda Quick Fix
Baking soda can be a helpful tool for absorbing and removing trapped moisture. After water damage, sprinkle baking soda over the effects areas and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. After it’s dry and worked its magic, vacuum up.
The process of steam cleaning your carpets ensures the area is effectively sanitized and any problematic odors are removed. Say goodbye to the stink! However, this may not be sufficient if your carpet padding is also damaged. If this is the case, the carpet’s padding will also need replaced.
Should You Replace Your Carpet with Onsite Restoration?
If your carpet padding has had direct contact with water, it likely should be replaced. Even when your carpet looks in okay condition, it could still be a breeding ground for mold beneath the superficial layer. When your home experiences any level of water damage and you have carpet flooring, you must act fast to prevent a biohazard disaster.
Onsite Restoration is available 24/7 to help renew your property to the livable state you love. Dealing with water damage may feel like an overwhelming and stressful time, which is why we want to help make life easier for you. We promise- you WILL get through this.
Don’t wait to take action. Even if you have a busy schedule, this problem should move to the top of your priority list. Once you reach out to Onsite Restoration, your life will become a lot easier! Call today – (813) 579-5789!