Why Carpet Water Damage is Dangerous04/17/2014 Back To Blog
Water will stop being your friend the minute it will find a way to leak into your house soaking your carpets and making your life difficult. It might be a source of life for humans but not for carpets. In fact, it is their worst enemy and it might cause terrible problems to their fibers and colors. This is why your beautiful Persian rugs should not be stored in the basement or other humid places and flood cleanup must be carried out immediately.
Carpet water damage requires quick and effective methods because the catastrophic effects on the carpet itself are imminent. The problem will be greater with carpets glued on the floor because these cannot dry easily and fast enough. You will need dehumidifiers or even your hair dryer and any method to extract waters fast. Although, handmade rugs are more sensitive, water damage restoration would be easier since you can let them dry under the sun. Apart from the obvious effects on their fibers, possible discoloration and bad odors depending on the quality of water leaked, the problem will be the development of mold, which can actually happen within 24 hours.
Carpet water damage effects on humans
Carpet water damage is dangerous basically for the human health. It would certainly depend on whether the water is clean, gray or black but the growth of mold will definitely cause nausea and serious respiratory problems since odor removal will be extremely difficult. Gray or black waters would mean that the waters are coming from sewage or toilet and are full of bacteria, which would create sever health problems to humans. From sneezing, coughing, nausea and fatigue to breathing problems, serious asthma attacks and severe infections, people would be affected by the contaminated waters and the mold on the carpets. The problem is that mildew removal is not always successful and would depend on how quickly the carpet is treated but those glued on the floor may need to be replaced if you don't want mold expanding underneath as well.