Recently, a gentleman hired Flood & Fire Restoration, Inc. to clean up a mold problem that developed after the syphon popped out of the bucket into which he was draining his 50-gallon fish tank. The whole aquarium promptly drained itself onto his newly re-carpeted master bedroom. The trouble is, he tried to clean up the water himself, and, thinking he had succeeded, didn’t call us until he suspected a mold problem a year later. By then, he not only had a mold issue but also structural damage to the framing of his house, subflooring, drywall, and baseboards, all caused by insufficient water removal. And in an intensely humid environment like Deerfield Beach, where our client lives, these problems are many-times escalated. On top of repairing structural water damage, our client had to replace his carpet and moldy padding only a year after he had installed them brand-new. All of this damage could have been avoided had he called a [professional water-extraction company] as soon as the flood happened.
Mistake #1 is pretty obvious. Don’t put a 50-gallon container of water in a carpeted room.
Mistake #2 was attempting to remove the water and dry the building materials himself. He used a general carpet cleaner to extract the water from the carpet and then rented a fan from Home Depot to dry out the carpet, pad, and subflooring. What our client didn’t know is that carpet pads are like sponges. They can hold many times their weight in water and require professional water-extraction and drying techniques; otherwise, you almost certainly will have to replace the pad because any lingering moisture will cause it to deteriorate and grow mold.
- You cannot remove water from carpet padding with carpet-cleaning wands. They remove water only from the carpet itself.
- You cannot see hidden areas penetrated by flood water.
- You may not be able to tell when or if the building materials are completely dry. Even a slightly damp subfloor or carpet creates a perfect environment for mold.
- Incorrect or insufficient drying of carpeting, padding, and subflooring causes carpet to delaminate or separate from its backing, causing the carpet to buckle and lose fibers.
- Incorrect or insufficient drying can compromise the frame components of your home or business.
Our expert water-extraction technicians know these things and much more. If you experience a flood in your home or business, our trained professionals will do the following:
- Guarantee, in almost all cases, a response time of 60 minutes.
- Use high-powered, deep extraction tools to remove all the water from carpet AND the padding.
- Deodorize carpet and padding.
- Use high-tech equipment to thoroughly inspect your home for hidden water leakage and damage.
- Professionally and quickly dry building materials like carpet and padding BEFORE mold has a chance to grow.
- Professionally and quickly dry and dehumidify the building structure BEFORE mold has a chance to grow.
- Recognize and safely remove any building materials that cannot be salvaged.
You have enough stress to deal with during even a minor flood. Leave the clean-up to our highly trained professionals.