Wet Carpets and Mould

Wet Carpets and Mould

Have you ever had wet carpet? Rains, floods, overflowing dishwashers and washing machines or burst pipes – there are lots of ways our carpets can get wet. Wet carpet is a problem, particularly if the carpet is wall to wall rather than rugs that can easily be moved to dry out. Don’t ever be tempted to leave a wet carpet untreated to dry on its own – it’s a guaranteed way to have to pay for a new carpet! We’ve got the rundown on what to do about wet carpet.

Mould is the Enemy

Wet carpet will attract mould. There is no escaping this. Mould is an airborne microscopic fungus that lives in damp, dark places where it has access to an organic food source. The food source could be building materials like your walls or your carpets and other fabrics around your home, leather in your shoes and food in your pantry. It builds colonies and can hibernate when the environment becomes unfavourable. Eradicating mould completely from your home is virtually impossible. The best we can hope for is to reduce the incidence and our exposure to it. Exposure to mould creates health problems such as cold and flu symptoms, allergies, breathing difficulties, skin rashes and even hair loss. Often we don’t realise the mould is the cause of our health issues.

How do we stop Mould?

Good ventilation is essential

Reducing moisture, humidity and condensation in your home is the best way to prevent mould growth. Here are some more tips:

 

  1. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to eliminate steam;
  2. Open windows and doors to keep your home well ventilated;
  3. Use heat lamps in the bathroom;
  4. Ensure your home is well insulated;
  5. Heating in the winter should be kept at a low and constant temperature;
  6. Clean your bathroom frequently;
  7. Never leave moisture to sit on walls and windows – wipe them dry;
  8. Make sure all your clothes and shoes are properly dry before storing them;
  9. If you have dark areas of your home, try to lighten them up – use a sky light if you have to;
  10. Clean your carpets and rugs regularly.

How to fix wet carpet

If your carpet has become wet for whatever reason, it must be treated within 48 hours and should never be left to dry on its own.  For the best results in saving your wall to wall carpeting, you really have little choice but to call in the professionals at Electrodry Melbourne.

If you attempt to fix the problem on your own you are almost guaranteed to have a future mould problem. You may be able to dry out the top, but the underlay and possibly the floor beneath will also be wet and your carpet will become mildew from beneath.

ELECTRODRY MELBOURNE CAN OFFER:

  • A 24 hour, 7 day a week emergency water restoration service for your damaged carpet;
  • A pre-inspection to measure the extent of the water damage using specialised moisture measuring equipment;
  • An insurers report that will be made within 24 to 72 hours to indicate whether or not the carpet can be saved;
  • Water will be extracted from the carpet and anti-microbials will be applied to stop mould;
  • The carpet will be dried using high speed lineal fans and dehumidifying machines;
  • Damaged underlay will be removed and replaced and the carpet relayed, cleaned and sanitised.

Whether or not you have an accident with water it is still highly recommended to have your carpets professionally cleaned and sanitised by Electrodry Melbourne at least once per year to rid your carpets of mould and bacteria.