Water damage can be a truly heartbreaking experience, whether it was caused by a leaky roof, broken pipes, or flood damage. Most Americans take their homes for granted and simply assume that they are a 100% waterproof protection from the elements, but sometimes even the most well-built homes succumb to water damage. But repairing the water damage is only the beginning of the struggle, because moist carpets, upholstery, storage boxes, drapes, and other fabrics can create the perfect breeding ground for mold.
The Dangers of Mold
Mold is extremely dangerous for two reasons: it can erode the value of your home (creating significant repair costs) and it can pose a hazard to the health of you and your loved ones. Not only are some people highly allergic to mold, but it even exacerbates respiratory problems. People who suffer from asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses will only have a harder time breathing in an area that has been invaded by mold spores. The problem can get out of hand pretty quickly, too, because mold spores can easily travel to other areas of the home through ventilation and ductwork.
Preventing Mold After Water Damage
If your home has experienced water damage in any capacity, you need to take action as soon as possible. The first step, after contacting a water damage restoration and mold remediation service, is to dry the area as fast as you can. If you can’t get someone to come to your house immediately, a wet/dry vacuum cleaner is going to be your best friend. Should you lack a vacuum cleaner capable of removing water, you may be able to use towels and other cloths to dry the area as best as possible (depending on the extent of the damage, which may not be feasible with stagnate water).
Though this may sound pretty simple, some people make the mistake of simply waiting until help arrives, thus giving mold a chance to grow. However, even if the carpet feels dry, you still need to use fans to dry the area. Many times, even though the carpet may feel dry on the surface, there is still moisture that has seeped into the padding. In fact, moisture can remain in the carpet for several days, even when using fans and other drying techniques.
Furthermore, you should attempt to stay the tide of water damage and mold with a dehumidifier. Not only will this help moisture from affecting other fabrics at the site of water damage, but it will also help increase the effectiveness of the fans. They’ll be much more effective when they are blowing dry air as opposed to air with higher amounts of moisture.
Even if you think your carpet or water damage has been fully dried, you still need the opinion of a qualified professional. Mold is no laughing matter, and it can affect the lives of your loved ones and the value of your home for years to come. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so reach out for our 24 hour help as soon as you notice water damage.