We have heard a lot about hurricanes that have affected many parts of the country and the world. The torrential downpours wiped away homes and left entire towns and cities decimated. Our thoughts go out to all of those who have been impacted, and we encourage everyone to donate to relief efforts.
Here in the Metro Washington DC area, we may not experience hurricanes, but we do experience heavy storms and plenty of rainfall. Moreover, when that rain comes, it is essential to protect your home from flooding and to protect yourself if water has seeped into your home either from flooding or a broken pipe.
It does not take much water for mold to grow and do much harm. All it needs is a little moisture and a small dark space, and it can produce quickly. Homeowners who experience a double whammy of flooding and power outages from storms are especially susceptible to mold growth.
These situations can create warm, dark and humid environments — conditions in which mold and mildew thrive. Mold can exist in your home, and you do not even know it – especially very porous materials like carpet, carpet pad, and wall insulation.
Prevent mold growth by drying water damage quickly
The sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet.
Exposure to mold can cause health problems for some people by irritating the nose, eyes throat or lungs. Breathing airborne mold may trigger symptoms in those with hay fever, asthma, and allergies.
The best way to keep mold from spreading is to act fast when you know water is present.
- Remove water as quickly as possible
Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up as much water as soon as possible. These machines are the most effective tools for removing water. If you do not have one, call a remediation company like American Restoration. After all, we specialize in repairing residential flood damage.
- Use fans to speed up carpet drying process
It can take several days for fans to completely dry a water-damaged area. The good news is that they also help circulate fresh air.
- Use a dehumidifier to dry out the room
Dehumidifiers remove excessive moisture, which makes the air feel cooler and limits mold and mildew growth. Any equipment that helps dry out the air and the ground will speed up the drying time for your damaged floors and coverings.
- Steam clean carpet and flooring
Steam clean all carpets to properly sanitize and deodorize. Typically, water-damaged carpet padding must be replaced.
Replacing just the padding is much less expensive than having to re-carpet your entire home.
- Sanitize walls and baseboards
Anything touched by stormwater should be sanitized. Clean all walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces with soap and water.
Want to save time and heartache? Call the experts to make sure your home is sanitized.
- Check furniture
Look for water damage and remove furniture from wet flooring.
Water damage can easily be hidden underneath rugs or carpet, so be sure to give your home a thorough inspection, or call the experts, if you suspect water damage.
Cleaning water-soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any conditions, but in the aftermath of a storm or flood, contamination by mud, silt, sewage and mildew, can compound the problem. In cases like these, especially, it is recommended to call a certified mold restoration service provider like American. We can evaluate the water damage and remove mold.
If you have experienced flooding of any type, call the team at American Restoration. We will act quickly to remove water and moisture from your home, helping to prevent mold and mildew growth!