Much of North Carolina and Virginia has recently been hit with a lot of rain and summer storms and, unfortunately, subsequent flooding. Some areas have even seen power outages. These conditions are a perfect breeding ground for mold to grow in your home, especially in and under carpet flooring.

Whether flooding occurs from storms or an internal plumbing issue, it’s important to dry your carpet quickly to avoid dangerous mold and mildew.

According to officials at Red Cross, it is possible to get rid of and prevent mold growth after a flood in your home, but it will require an effort on your part. If you don’t arrange for a professional to asses and repair your damage, here are some tips to help keep your carpet and your home mold-free.

1. Ruse a wet/dry utility vacuum to remove water as quickly as possible

2. Run fans 24 hours a day for a week to circulate fresh air and speed up carpet drying process

3. Remove extra moisture with a dehumidifier to dry out the room

4. Steam clean carpet and flooring for sanitation and deodorization

5. Don’t forget to sanitize walls, baseboards, and furniture, as well as under all furniture and any other areas affected by flooding

Remember to keep foot traffic to a minimum while your carpet is still wet. If the flood waters brought mud and debris into your home, you may need to contact a professional cleaning service. In many instances of flooding, the carpet padding that was damaged by water needs to be replaced. In more severe cases, you will need to replace the carpet or flooring in your home.

However, if carpet needs to be replaced due to flooding, the cost may be covered partially or entirely by your homeowners insurance. Check with your provider to see what’s included in your coverage. Additional flooding and flooring coverage options may be available as add-ons. Stay dry, Winston Salem!

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