Those who have recently experienced water damage need to be concerned about preventing and removing mold. The inherent nature of carpet allows microscopic material such as food matter, dead skin cells, hair and dead insects to collect in its fibers. This material combined with moisture from a water leak or flood can quickly allow mold to flourish.
The Problem with Mold
Molds produce allergens that can cause allergic reactions in the people and animals who live in a house. In some cases, mold can produce toxic substances that can severely damage the health of those in the home. Those with allergies and asthma may be especially susceptible to the damaging effects of mold. This is why it is crucial to prevent mold from growing in the home.
How to Stop Mold from Growing
The most critical part of preventing mold growth is beginning the process quickly. Mold spores can begin growing 24 hours after the water becomes soaked down to the fibers. After 48 to 72 hours, the mold will have grown and spread within the padding and the carpet. If mold isn’t taken care of before 24 hours the carpet will need to be removed and replaced to prevent allergens from spreading throughout the home.
If the water came from a pipe rupture or from an appliance that overflowed, it can be taken care of by removing the pad, using a rented water extractor to remove all of the water from the carpet fibers, applying a steam treatment to the carpet to kill residual mold in the fibers, using fans and dehumidifiers to dry out the area completely and installing new padding before replacing the carpet.
If the water leak came from the sewage system, professionals will need to be called in to care for the problem. To prevent infections from spreading, the carpet and padding will need to be removed. The underlying surface must be sanitized before replacing the padding and the carpet.
Don’t put those who live in the home at risk of developing breathing problems, severe allergies and infections from mold. Prevent mold from forming in the carpet by acting quickly, using steamers and sanitizers and replacing the padding. Talking with a professional soon after a leak may be the best solution for a family dealing with mold.