Moldy carpets are the last thing any homeowner wants. However, this is exactly what will happen if floodwater gets soaked into your carpet and you don’t act fast to remove it. Here are six tips for preventing moldy carpets after a flood from our mold removal pros at Mastertech Jersey Shore in Toms River.
Remove Standing Water
It may be quite clear in retrospect and although it may seem obvious, this common sense guidance about mold prevention is important enough that it should not go unsaid. The primary factor influencing the severity of a flood and the resulting mold growth is how long the water remains in the home before it is removed.
The longer floodwater remains in your carpet, the more water the carpet will absorb. Before long, it will become saturated and mold growth may be inevitable. Fortunately, this is almost completely within your control. As soon as you possibly can after a flood occurs, call a professional water damage restoration company for help removing the water. Acting quickly goes a long way towards preventing mold growth in your carpet.
Begin Drying Your Carpet Out As Soon As Possible
In the same vein as removing the water quickly, it is also important that you also dry out your carpet as soon as you can. Even if there is no more standing water, any moisture remaining in your carpet can also contribute to mold growth. Professional restoration contractors will use air movers (basically high-powered fans) to help speed up this process.
Dehumidifying your home after a flood is another important element to drying out your carpet. Dehumidifiers essentially suck excess moisture out of the air which allows the water in your carpet to evaporate more quickly. If you plan to use one of your own dehumidifiers just make sure that the water tray is large enough to hold a reasonable amount of water. If it is too small, you will have to empty the tray so often that it won’t be worth it.
Steam cleaning—not just hot water extraction—provides superior mold decontamination. Professional carpet steam cleaners inject steam above 212 degrees, high temperatures necessary to kill mold growth. Most pro steam cleaning units can also inject mold disinfectants along with the steam, as well as deodorants.
Use A Water Extractor
Powerful water extractors pull deeper water out of the carpet and, in some cases, out of the padding beneath, as well. This is a common tool employed by carpet cleaners and water damage restoration technicians to preserve carpet after a flood. In fact, the utility of having a water extractor on hand is one of the main reasons why hiring a professional cleaner is so important.
Call In Professional Mold Removal Help
All in all, moldy carpets can be a devastating and costly problem in your home. We hope you find these tips helpful for preventing moldy carpet so you never have to deal with this problem!
At Mastertech Jersey Shore in Toms River our mold removal experts are committed to providing your carpet with the best care possible. If you ever deal with mold in your home, particularly in your carpet, don’t hesitate to give our mold removal experts a call for help.