How to Avoid Mouldy Carpets After a Flood

There are many ways in which water can damage your home. Three can be a flood due to a natural disaster or there can be a burst pipe in the house that can flood certain areas. Depending on the substances that are dissolved in the water especially if it is a flood due to a storm. Water build-up can give rise to the spread of mould in the home that can be harmful to the health of the occupants.

So whenever there is such damage, you need to act quickly to minimise damage to the home. Carpet water damage is a common issue that can occur in the aftermath and it can be difficult to restore them to their original condition if you wait for too long.  But first of all, you need to identify where the source of water is. This way you will be able to stop the flow of water if it is a pipe that has burst in the house. If it is floodwater, there can be dirt, bacteria and other toxins substances in it so you need to be very careful about coming into contact with it. If it is a burst pipe, you can simply turn off the main valve to stop any water from flowing and contact an emergency plumber to deal with it. After about 24 hours mould and mildew can develop on the carpets that are waterlogged. When you act quickly, you will be able to reverse most of the damage that the carpet may develop. And the sooner you act, the better you will be able to protect your health from the risks of mould.

If there is no wet and dry vacuum in the house, you can rent one out. This will be useful to remove standing water in the home especially if the height of water that is currently in the house is less than an inch. But you need to prepare yourself before coming into contact with the water. Make sure that you wear the right safety gear so that you don’t come into contact with it. Some of the protective gear that you can wear are gloves, boots, safety glasses in case the water splashes on your face, long pants and long sleeved t-shirts to make sure nothing gets in contact with your skin. When the water level is more than one inch, you will require professional services that will be able to deal with the situation safely. In floodwater situations, you will need to check the surroundings of the house as well to check if water comes into contact with the foundation.

Any damp items including carpets have to be stored outside so they can air out and also insurance can inspect them in order to get an idea of the damage. A professional flood restoration company will be able to help you decide whether the carpets in the home can be salvaged. It is best to remove the humid air collected inside the house by operating dehumidifiers for a few days. Make sure that you select a dehumidifier that has a large capacity tank to collect a large amount of water in a day without having to empty it several times during the day.