Water damage is a nightmare in and of itself. But the aftermath could lead to more issues such as mold and mildew infestations. Unfortunately, even minor water damage could trigger an outbreak.
Carpets can be especially susceptible to mold since it can provide an ideal environment for the spores to grow. Mold thrives in dark, warm settings so carpets in your basement are even more vulnerable after water damage.
Mold and mildew are no joke. But there are ways of preventing an outbreak. Here are our top recommendations to prevent carpet mold after water damage.
Tackle Excess Moisture and Water
The first step in preventing mold is patching up the leak and extracting the water. Get started immediately! Mold can start growing within 24 hours of water exposure. Ideally, you should call a restoration company to assist you with this. They can provide a comprehensive service to efficiently clean up the mess and repair the damage left behind.
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Let the Area Dry Out
Once the majority of the water is extracted, your next step is to dry the area out. It’s important to speed this part of the process up as much as possible so mold doesn’t have as much time to take hold. Use a fan and dehumidifier to expedite the process.
Replace Carpet Padding
Any amount of water damage can lead to mold. That’s why it’s important to replace the carpet padding just in case it’s holding in any excess moisture. Luckily, you can hang on to the actual carpet and simply reinstall it once the new pads are in place.
Steam Clean Your Carpet
After removing and drying out your carpet, it’s advisable to steam clean it. Disinfecting the material will get rid of any lingering mold or mildew spores. This prevents any potential infestations once you reinstall the carpet.
Furniture can also hold lingering spores. Be sure to remove furniture from the area, dry it out properly, and thoroughly disinfect it.
Increase Ventilation in Affected Areas
Once the carpet is back in place, it’s important to maintain proper airflow. If you can, open a window or use a fan to keep a proper draft going. Mold can’t grow under these conditions very well.
Use a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier can be a handy tool in preventing mold growth. They can be especially useful in less ventilated areas. Wicking away excess moisture is key in maintaining a mold-free environment.
Don’t Forget to Sanitize the Entire Room
Mold spores can spread far and wide in a room affected by water damage. They can even land on your walls and floorboards. Take the time to deep clean the entire area to assure no mold spores are left behind to prevent future infestations.