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How to Prevent Mold In Carpets

water damage shelton, water damage repair sheltonWhen you think of mold, you probably think of spots on bathroom ceilings, behind toilets, or on your sandwich bread. However, more often than not, mold can find it’s way into water damaged carpets. It can be difficult to know if you have mold in your carpets because typically it attaches to the carpet pad or underneath the fibers. If you have mold on your carpets, you will probably become aware of it from the smell or if you are experiencing frequent headaches or respiratory issues. If you have water damaged carpets in Shelton, contact PCS of Southern Connecticut right away to determine what your options are. If you have had excess amounts of water in your home recently, here are some ways to prevent mold from attacking your carpets. 

Remove Water

The very first thing you want to do when you have a leaky roof or a burst pipe is to remove all the excess water. If you have more extensively water damaged carpets from a flood or a heavy leak, you will want to contact a water damage restoration company as soon as possible to remove the excess water. For very small spills, you will be able to use a towel to dry up what you can. 

Dry

The next thing you will need to do when all the excess water has been removed is to dry the area thoroughly. You will need to use fans and open windows if available. The more ventilation the better. If you have a dehumidifier, this is one of the best options available. Most people don’t have commercial fans or dehumidifiers and you should contact a water damage company if you don’t because this is a crucial step in cleaning your water damaged carpets. It is very easy for moisture to become locked under layers of carpeting and not become dried completely. This can be a big problem because mold can grow basically anywhere that has moisture. A water damage restoration company has tools to find moisture through infrared tools and will be able to ensure that the area is completely dried. 

Have A Professional Clean

You may think that it is weird to have a professional clean your carpets when you just barely dried them all. However, if you have had a leak from a pipe that didn’t have clean water or if your water came from any dirty source, then you may have staining or other bacterial hazards in your carpet. Having your carpets cleaned and sanitized will put you at ease that you don’t have anything gross growing in your carpet fibers. 

Cleaning up after a water damage incident can be a huge hassle. Many times the job will require tools and technology that you don’t have. To make sure you have the cleanest carpet possible after an event like this, hire a professional to clean your water damaged carpets today, even if it’s been a long time since you had the water damage. 

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