Mold can start to grow in a carpet after just one day of water damage. The best way to avoid mold growth is to remove water as soon as possible after experiencing water damage. Before beginning this process, make sure to remove everything from the affected room; anything made of fabric should be washed right away, and any type of food should be disposed of.
1. Remove Water
Use a wet/dry vacuum or a sump pump to extract and clean up as much water as possible.
2. Use Fans
Fans may take a few days to completely dry a water damaged carpet, but they also help circulate the air to keep it fresh.
3. Use A Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air to limit mold and mildew growth. It will grab any residual mold spores or allergens and filter them out of the air. Be sure to change the dehumidifier pan regularly as it will fill quickly.
4. Steam Carpets
Use a steam cleaner to properly sanitize and deodorize carpets. Steam is hot enough to help mold removal and properly sanitize carpets.
5. Replace Carpet Padding
Most likely the carpet padding will need to be replaced, but it is a lot cheaper to replace than carpet. Not removing water damaged carpet padding can lead to future mold growth in the carpet.
6. Sanitize Walls
Anything that was touched by flood water should be sanitized with warm soapy water. Wash the baseboards and up the walls as high as the water reached.
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