If water has entered your home, the immediate response should be to make sure to clean and dry affected areas the soonest time possible. The reason for flooding doesn’t matter – it can be due to heavy rains, a burst water pipe, roof damage, or any other structural problem. Whatever the source of water may be, it’s important to get it out of your interior fixtures and your furniture, most especially highly absorbent items, such as your carpet.This is because floodwaters in your carpet can lead to more extensive damage as well as serious health risks.
Water damage to your carpet and threats to your health become more serious the longer you delay your reaction time. Physical damage in the form of stains and sagging can already show within four hours of exposure to water. In 8 hours, the stains can become permanent and mould spores can already be growing.If you wait longer than this, the damage can extend to a bigger area and even to the floorboards underneath and the nearby walls, while bacteria can already be rapidly multiplying and contaminating your indoor air. Thus, a fast, decisive plan of action should be implemented right away.
- Call trusted experts. It is crucial that excess water be removed quickly from flooded carpets, Mansfield experts say. But for an ordinary homeowner or property manager, doing so can be difficult. In a lot of cases, you will need to use industrial-strength air movers, dryers and dehumidifiers. You may even need to remove the carpet first and air it out somewhere, depending on the extent of the damage. Only professionals with extensive experience in the matter will be able to help you identify the right water removal and carpet restoration technique that will suit your condition.
- Turn off the electricity. One of the biggest dangers of flooding is that it may affect your electricity system. If you know how to, immediately turn off your main source of power. If you’re not sure how, call an electrician to do it for you. Never take a guess at it as the possibility of electrocution or fire due to short circuit is very high at this point.
- Prevent more water from coming inside or seeping through the carpet. While you wait for help, see if you can block off the water source (if the flood is due to rainwater entering from outside) or turn it off (if the flood is coming from your pipeline). Call a specialist if necessary, i.e.,get help from a plumber if the flooding is due to a leaking pipe,or a property repair guy if the water is coming from a leak from the roof.
- Save what you can.Take your furniture, appliances and other household items away from wet areas and transfer them somewhere safe and dry to prevent further damage. Pay special attention to items that can be easily affected by water and moisture, such as fixtures made of wood or paper.
Remember that a carpet can still be wet even if itlooks and feels dry enough. Moreover, it can be dry, but still not clean enough and free from mould spores and other toxins brought about by dirty water. You can only be sure that it’s safe to use and remain inside your living spaces when your carpet and flooring have been inspected, worked on and cleared by professionals.