How To Prevent Carpet Mold

How To Prevent Carpet Mold

Did you just come home to a burst pipe? Or perhaps the washing machine or dishwasher sprang a leak. Whatever the unfortunately case may be, you are now staring at a sopping wet carpet that needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible before mold problems arise. Given the right conditions, mold can form within 48 hours and cause extensive damage to homes. Mold spores particularly love carpet because it holds in moisture and tends to be warmer than solid surfaces.

It’s time to get to work and prevent mold from forming! Our professional mold removal company in Peabody is here to provide you with step-by-step instructions.

Preventing Mold on Carpets After a Leak or Flood

  1. First things first, if there is any standing water, you’ll need to remove this first and foremost. Always try to clean or soak up as much water as possible by using a wet vacuum, water pumps, or by contacting a water damage remediation company such as Bay State Mold Removal.
  2. Next, use large fans to dry the carpet. If the weather permits, open windows and doors and place the fans in front of the doors and windows to try and draw drier air from outside into the home. Leave the fans on for as long as necessary until the carpet feels almost dry or at least slightly dam to the touch.
  3. After the fans do their work, set up a dehumidifier in the room (you may need two depending on room size) and leave this running for at least 48 hours. Don’t forget to constantly check the water tub and empty out any collected water. Emptying the tray helps speed up the dehumidifying process and makes the dehumidifier more efficient.
  4. Next contact a carpet cleaning company and have the carpets steam cleaned and shampooed in order to prevent any mold growth in the future. The carpet cleaning company may recommend replacing the carpet padding if they notice any water damage.
  5. Don’t forget to sanitize the walls and baseboards in the affected area so that no mold can grow on or behind the drywall. Clean these surfaces with household cleaners or a mild bleach solution (1.5 cups bleach to one gallon of water).
  6. Check the furniture to make sure that it hasn’t been damaged from mold. If you notice water damage, don’t hesitate to contact a professional to get the furniture and/or upholstery thoroughly cleaned.

Although these are the best steps to prevent mold growth on water-damaged carpets, sometimes these steps may not be enough. If you notice any mildew smells or can see signs of mold growth, contact our Peabody mold removal company today for a free remediation quote. We want to make sure your home is as good as new after a leak or flood!

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