As a homeowner, you may have experienced water seeping into your home through a busted water pipe or rising rainwater. No matter how little the amount of water, home flooding is a major inconvenience that can be costly—and if the invading water is left for too long, it can lead to mold growth. If possible, it’s best to clean up as much water as you can right then and there, but also consider calling a professional carpet cleaner in your area for help.
The key to saving your carpeted floor, furniture and other possessions from mold growth is to take swift action and seek water damage restoration in South Amboy, NJ. Here are some steps you can take, whether you decide to start tackling the cleanup job yourself or wait to get started when the pros arrive.
Don’t wait to remove water
A carpet cleaning company that specializes in flood damaged carpets will have all the equipment necessary to remove water and moisture to avoid the need for a total replacement. They will use powerful, professional-grade wet vacuums to suck up as much water as possible before moisture has a chance to give life to mold and mildew, because once mold forms and spreads, the carpet may not be salvageable.
If the water leak is small, or if you want to try cleaning the water up on your own, you may be able to rent a wet/dry vacuum from a home improvement store or carpet cleaning business. While you’re locating cleaning equipment, use old towels to soak up some of the water that’s collected around furniture legs to protect the wood. Better yet, remove furniture pieces from the flooded area entirely.
Use fans and a dehumidifier
Unfortunately, your carpets (and quite possibly the padding underneath) are still going to be damp even after a water extractor or wet vacuum has been used. For this reason, you will want to use fans to prevent mold growth and avoid further damage to your home and furniture. Depending on the severity of the water damage, leave fans on for a few days to a week to ensure mold does not get the chance to form. You likely don’t own high-power drying fans, but you can find them at a home improvement store that rents out tools and other big carpet cleaning equipment.
Mold and mildew are drawn to moist, humid environments—especially indoor areas, like your flooded home. Since mold and mildew thrive on moisture, get a dehumidifier to cool the air and remove lingering moisture. Put a dehumidifier to work as soon as possible to help speed up the drying process.
Call a professional
When the flooding or cleanup steps become too much, let the pros take over. Our experience in restoring carpets after a home flood includes using professional water extracting machines, drying equipment and, oftentimes, special drying agents to remove moisture from carpeting. We can also follow up with a thorough steam cleaning to sanitize and deodorize.
For prompt and professional water damage restoration in South Amboy, NJ after a home flood, don’t hesitate to call on the team at Lov ‘N Kare Carpet Center!
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