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Water Damage: How to Avoid Carpet Mold

 

Wet carpet is the ideal environment for unpleasant and even dangerous mold and mildew to grow. Learn more about water damage.

Wet carpet is the ideal environment for unpleasant and even dangerous mold and mildew to grow. Learn more about water damage.

Sometimes, even if you take every precaution, melting snow or heavy rainfall can leave you with a basement flood on your hands. In this case, it is important to remove your valuables, so they do not experience water damage. Move any important documents, photos, and electronic devices from your basement so they can remain intact. However, once your drainage issues are resolved or the water is removed, carpeting becomes the real basement flood victim. Wet carpet is the ideal environment for unpleasant and even dangerous mold and mildew to grow. Aqua-Bright Irrigation & Illumination is here with more helpful information.

The Dangers Of A Carpet With Water Damage

Mildew often causes allergic reactions and cold-like symptoms. Mold, on the other hand,  can cause far more severe health problems, especially if a toxic variety takes root in carpet with extensive water damage. Drying out your carpet after drainage issues have led to a basement flood is necessary in order to avoid mold, mildew, and rot. Follow these tips dry your carpet after a flood.   

Taking Care Of A Removable Carpet After A Basement Flood

If your carpet is small or easily removable, killing any mold spores may be as simple as washing it.  Be sure to let the carpet dry thoroughly in a well-ventilated area. Do not put it back down until you are 100% sure it has dried all the way through.  

Handling an Installed Carpet With Water Damage

If your carpet is installed and nailed to the floor, professional help will be required to undo water damage.  Professionals will have access to large-scale carpet cleaners and extractors. This equipment can be used to remove water from the fibers of the carpet. Professionals will also have other necessary equipment, such as large dehumidifiers. These should be used to keep the air in your basement dry, which will quicken the overall drying process. You should also replace the carpet pad as soon as possible to prevent mold from growing.

Common Mistakes To Avoid

Do not assume that heat will make your carpet dry faster. You want to keep the thermostat set below 75 degrees. Anything higher than that will cause bacteria to grow.

Get In Touch With Aqua-Bright Irrigation & Illumination Today

For more information about outdoor lighting, irrigation, and drainage for your Maryland home, call Aqua-Bright today at 410-489-9009 or take a tour of our website. We offer top notch irrigation services from seasoned professionals. You can follow Aqua-Bright Irrigation & Illumination on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn for more updates and information about our illumination and irrigation services! For examples of our work, check us out on Pinterest, too.

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