You may not think a little water could damage your carpets, but you’d be wrong. It doesn’t take that much water to cause all sorts of issues. Add even more water, and you’ve got more than just a mess.
When your carpets get wet, the water is pulled down into the fibers and into the padding below, so even if you get the tops of your carpets dry, underneath they can still be moist.
That may not seem like a big deal, but this moisture can lead to mold and warping of your carpets.
In as little as five hours, wet carpets can start to mold. At first, you may not notice it, but once it takes hold, it can cause odors and even worse, respiratory issues. This is especially bad for those that already deal with asthma or other breathing issues. In fact, depending on the type of mold, it can become toxic.
Once mold takes over your carpets, you’ll have no choice but to have them and the padding removed and new carpet installed.
In addition, water can warp your carpets. This means that instead of laying flat as they should, you’ll see waves or ripples on the carpet. In this case, you may be able to have them stretched to lay flat again, but most times, they will need to be replaced.
You might assume that it takes some sort of flood, either from nature or perhaps a broken water heater to do any real damage, but actually, even cleaning your own carpets can cause damage if you don’t do it correctly.
If you use too much water or don’t pull enough of the water out of the carpet during the cleaning process, you can have issues.
Even an open window during a really bad storm can allow your carpets to get soaked and then mold to grow.
The bottom line is this. Do what you can to keep your carpets dry at all times. This is one time that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
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