Water damage is not an uncommon situation in homes in United States. You may have faced it or may face it in future. Water damage when it occurs can wreak havoc in your home and is most likely to affect your carpet. Home owners are always in a dilemma what to do with their water damaged carpet – whether to discard it, restore it on their own or take help of professionals.
The likely answer depends on the extent of damage, mold growth and the kind of water that has affected the carpet.
Impact of water
If it is clean water or rain water that has flooded your home, the carpet is not likely to suffer stains and can easily be restored, however if it is sewage water that has flooded your home, replacing the carpet may be the best solution. In case you are adamant on restoring your carpet, you must seek help of professionals to ensure the carpet is thoroughly and hygienically cleaned.
Check mold growth
Just because your carpet has not been stained does not mean it is safe to use. After water damage the biggest threat to the carpet is mold growth. You must ensure to dry out your carpet immediately after it has been water damaged. In case the carpet remains soaked in water for sometime, it will be a perfect haven for the mold and mildew to grow and thrive.
You can know your carpet has been affected with mildew, just by looking at its surface where fungus growth may be quite visible. If you walk bare feet on the carpet, you will also be able to feel the slimy texture. However, mold can also grow in the padding of your carpet; in this case, you’ll not be able to spot it.
Why is mold growth dangerous?
Mold growth if it occurs can be dangerous for your home and your health. If mold growth occurs in the carpet padding it will grow unchecked; as it is hidden you would hardly come to know of it. And, gradually it will spread in other areas of your home. As mold emanates a foul earthy smell, your home will soon give a foul odor.
Apart from causing grave damage to the ambience of your home, mold can be extremely risky for your health. In some people mold is known to cause skin rashes, watery eyes and wheezing.
How to prevent mold growth in carpet after water damage
Make attempt to dry your carpet immediately after it has been affected by water damage. Use a vacuum cleaner to soak up water. You may also use a dehumidifier and fans to speed up the drying process.
You may pull-up your carpet at the wall to inspect for mold growth. If the mold growth has affected a small area, replace the portion with a new padding.
In case a large portion of the padding has been affected or if the mold growth is visible in various areas, you should replace entire padding. However, if the mold growth is noticeable on the upper side of the padding which is against the carpet, it is advisable to replace the carpet.
Taking help of professionals
If you find it tough to pull-up the carpet, you can take hire mold remediator service. The professionals will test the mold spores levels in your home to check the presence of mold in your carpet. Depending on the extent of mold growth they may advise mold remediation or complete replacement of the carpet.
If you are in water damage situation, consider talking to a water damage specialist at Triangle Legacy. Call (301) 523-9419 today!