Do you have water damage from a flood or even washer malfunction? This article that we found on Angie’s List has steps you need to take to prevent mold after water damage.
6 Steps to Prevent Carpet Mold After Water Damage
It doesn’t take much water for mold to grow and do a lot of harm. All it needs is a little moisture and a little dark space, and it can grow so quickly.
Prevent mold growth by drying water damage quickly
The sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet. The tools are simple: fans, bleach, and cleaners. Red Cross officials say many homeowners can get rid of the mold just fine after a flood, but it will require a bit of elbow grease.
Exposure to mold can cause health problems for some people by irritating the nose, eyes throat or lungs. Breathing airborne mold may trigger symptoms in those with hay fever, asthma, and allergies.
1. Remove water as quickly as possible
Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up as much water as soon as possible. These machines are the most effective tools for removing water and can be rented or provided by water and smoke damage remediation companies that specialize in repairing residential flood damage.
2. Use fans to speed up the carpet drying process
It can take several days for fans to completely dry a water-damaged area. The good news is that they also help circulate fresh air. When you think it’s all nice and dry inside, it’s not. Keep the fans going 24 hours a day for at least another week or so. Homeowners can rent high-power drying fans from local home improvement stores with tool rental service.
3. Use a dehumidifier to dry out the room
These machines remove excess moisture, which makes the air feel cooler and limits mold and mildew growth. Any equipment that helps dry out the air and the ground will speed up the drying time for your damaged floors and coverings.
4. Steam clean carpet and flooring
Steam clean all carpets to properly sanitize and deodorize. Typically, water-damaged carpet padding must be replaced. Replacing just the padding is much less expensive than having to re-carpet your entire home.
5. Sanitize walls and baseboards
Anything touched by stormwater should be sanitized. Clean all walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces with soap and water. Sanitize them with a solution of 1.5 cups of chlorine bleach to one gallon of water. Remember to wear rubber gloves during cleanup.
6. Check furniture
Look for water damage and remove furniture from wet flooring. Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection if you suspect water damage.
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