When there is water damage on your property, one of the issues you will need to deal with is waterlogged carpets and bedding. When these items are in the water for long, there can be growth of mould and mildew. You need to understand whether the carpet can be brought back to life or if it is a lost cause.

You need to stop the water at the source if the water leak is due to faulty pipes. You need to turn the plumbing off completely. And to ensure there is good air circulation throughout the house, you need to open the windows. But it is best to keep the doors closed so that contaminated water can be contained. It is not recommended to use strong fans to aid air circulation as this will only blow contaminated water into other areas of the house. You can use heavy-duty dehumidifiers. But make sure to empty them continuously until the humidity level of the home is lowered.

Consider how long the carpet has been wet. If it has been wet for longer than 72 hours, then it is best to replace it. This is a must for carpets that come with a lot of padding underneath. Mould will start to grow on it after 72 hours and it will be very difficult to clean it. You can contact a professional water damage restoration company for carpet drying. This gives you a better chance of salvaging the carpet. A flood damage restoration company will be able to assess the carpets and let you know whether the damage is reversible or not. They will also have the right equipment to dry the carpets. It can be very difficult to dry it on your own using a shop vacuum. It will be especially hard with carpets that have a lot of padding. You can use your home vacuum cleaner on the damp carpeting as this will only lead to the inside of the vacuum getting wet creating an environment for mould. A shop vacuum will be best to remove excess water. It is only when you are sure that the carpet is dry that you will be able to use your home vacuum.

You need to pull the carpets up so that the floorboards and the padding can dry as well. You can also examine the carpet once it is pulled up for signs of mould and mildew. Once you have pulled up the carpets, you can also replace the flooded carpet padding. This way, you will be able to have a clean and dry surface above the floorboards. You will not need to worry about moisture being trapped below the carpet and there will be no risk of mould growth. Even when the floorboards are dry, you need to keep the carpets pulled up. This will ensure that all the surfaces are completely dry eliminating the risk of mould growth. While you can use products to mask odours, it is best not to do so as it will cover the smell of mould. This will make it difficult to find where mould is growing.


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