How to Prevent Molds in a Flooded Carpet

Flooded carpets are the perfect breeding ground for molds, and for this reason, experts advise that once a home gets flooded, carpeting should immediately be removed and dealt with for it to be salvaged.

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Third-Party Service Ratings Website Angie’s List shared some tips on what should immediately be done to carpets following a flooding incident. FEMA on Molds 

“The sooner you start cleaning up after water damage, the sooner you can stop mold from growing under your carpet. The tools are simple: fans, bleach and cleaners. Red Cross officials say many homeowners can get rid of the mold just fine after a flood, but it will require a bit of elbow grease.”

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Salvaging Contaminated Carpets

The North Dakota State University also came up with information on how to save flooded carpets, including those that have been soaked in contaminated flood waters. According to the NDSU professionals are trained and fully equipped to thoroughly clean, dry, and sanitize carpets that have been exposed in murky, dirty, and bacteria filled water. Restoration Industry Association

“You should discard wall-to-wall carpeting, most large area rugs and any rugs with foam backing if they were flooded with contaminated water. Getting them professionally cleaned generally isn’t worth the expense involved unless they are valuable rugs. If you want to salvage carpeting soaked with contaminated water, consult a professional cleaning company that cleans carpets at its own cleaning and drying facility. A steam-cleaning (hot-water extraction) method is best.”
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Water Damaged Carpet

As for carpeting that has been soaked in clean water, home improvement website The Family Handyman came up with pointers to dry and clean out the wet carpet. Fire Inspection Services

“Don’t waste your time trying to dry out the carpet with a wet/dry shop vacuum—it simply doesn’t have enough power. Instead, rent an extractor (if available) or carpet cleaner, an air mover fan or two and a large commercial dehumidifier. Rent the largest dehumidifier available. The big ones can remove up to 30 gallons per day, compared with 4 gallons for the largest home units. Extraction is 1,200 times more effective than dehumidification.” Preventing Water Damage in the Bathroom

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Flooded carpets should immediately be removed from the affected area. The longer it remains soaked, the higher the chance that it cannot be salvaged. First steps to take after discovering water damage