Carpet mold can start from any kind of water damage. Be it a big flood or rainstorm water leaking in over time.
Got a flood?
Any water damage and you must take steps to prevent carpet mold as soon as you can.
The clean-up isn’t fun, but neither is the mold that can potentially grow underneath your home’s floors.
And you really don’t want mold.
Carpet mold can cause health issues when it irritates your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. And mold can be greatly aggravating to those with allergies and asthma.
And it doesn’t take much water to create that harmful mold. And unless you catch it or notice it initially, you may not even realize mold is growing under your feet.
So here’s what you need to do to keep your flooring and your home healthy and free of mold.
Dry up water issues fast
Don’t leave the water. Don’t leave the drip.
Fix what you need then get to work drying. Soak up excess water with wet/dry vacuums and towels. You may hire damage and disaster response company to do this, or you can rent them from these companies and do it yourself.
Bring out the fans and dehumidifier
It can take days for fans to dry out your carpet. Even when you think it’s dry, it’s probably not.
The fans should be run 24/7 for at least a week.
You can rent these high power fans from home improvement stores that offer equipment rental.
Include a dehumidifier to remove even more moisture and can help limit mold and mildew, speeding along your drying time recovery.
Steam clean, sanitize, and deodorize
You will most likely need to replace your carpet padding. Once you’ve replaced the padding, steam clean your carpets so they can be sanitized and deodorized.
Sanitize your walls, baseboards, and other hard surfaces that come in contact with dirty water.
Make sure any furniture that came in contact with the water is also dry and clean.
This kind of clean up is hard for anyone and under most circumstances.
After flooding, there may be contamination of sewage, mildew, mud, etc. and should have a certified professional check out damage, remove mold, and decontaminate.
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