Summer means rain in Florida, and St. Augustine residents know hurricane season lasts until November. Downpours can cause water damage to the carpeting in your home or business, and it’s important to act immediately after flooding occurs to salvage its appearance and condition.
Here are three reasons to tackle carpet cleaning right away when your home has sustained water damage:
- Avoid Long-Term Structural Damage: Water can be a threat to your carpet’s structural integrity, and excessive exposure to moisture is damaging. It’s important to act quickly to minimize the amount of time water has to soak into the rug, increasing your chances of salvaging it.
- Prevent Mold & Mildew: When flooding occurs, carpet padding acts like a sponge to absorb water. When this moisture sits for too long, mold and mildew can develop in this padding and the rug above it. Not only are these spores harmful to the appearance and condition of your flooring, but they also impact your health. Preventing these growths from occurring is the best way to maintain air quality and reduce allergens.
- Skip Drywall Replacement: It’s not just your carpet that’s affected by water damage. Moisture that isn’t removed from the floor can run up the walls and soak into the sheet rock. Drywall is porous, and mold cannot be properly cleaned once it forms. The only solution is to cut away the drywall at least 30 cm. above where it got wet. This is a pricey repair, but it can be avoided if water damage is removed quickly from rugs and flooring.
If your carpets are looking worse for wear after a flood, call the pros at SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach. As the premier water damage restorer in the area, this company specializes in storm damage restoration and water extraction. Learn more about the carpet cleaning services available for residential and commercial clients online or by calling (904) 429-4457.