January 04, 2016

Carpet Cleaning Equipment for Flood Damage Restoration

Carpet Cleaning EquipmentOwning a home is full of challenges, but there are few that you will not be able to meet so long as you have both insurance, steam cleaners, and plan of action for when something goes wrong. One of the most common problems that homeowners face is fire, but on the lesser end of the scale, you have flood damage, which can definitely cause some problems, health problems in particular., The thing to remember about flooding is that it doesn’t have to be extreme to cause a problem and unlike other issues a home could face, the damage could occur over a very long period of time. When one thinks of a flood, they are more than likely thinking of a massive event, but all it really takes is an overflowing toilet, a leaky pipe in the wall, a pinhole in the bottom of your bathtub, virtually anything really. The trick is figuring out when it has occurred and how far the damage has been allowed to progress. No, that’s not always going to be easy, but it can be done and there are a few things you need to remember.

The Dangers of Home Flooding

There are many problems that can come from home flooding which include:

  • Damage to drywall
  • Foundation damage
  • Mold
  • Electrical damage

While these are all serious problems, the one that we want to bring your attention to the most, is mold damage. Getting rid of mold using steam cleaners is a possibility as long as you attack the problem head on before it starts (you can’t let it get too far along) but before we get into that, let’s talk about what mold is and why it could be hazardous to your health.

What is Mold?

Mold is a growth that typically occurs in cold, dark places, to put it blatantly, and to be perfectly honest, it is a common part of any house. It exists in dust, most frequently, but not in large quantities. When it finally does appear in large quantities however, you will find that it causes severe issues up to and including:

  • Allergic Reactions
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Neurological Problems
  • Death(?)

Not only are these spores hazardous to the health of humans, they can also cause serious problems for animals, and prolonged exposure can be very harmful to anyone. If you have ever heard the phrase ‘toxic mold’, and we’re betting that you have, it is probably in reference to the mold that produces mycotoxins, the primary cause of neurological issues in these cases. Though you should obviously address the problem using a steam cleaning machine before it gets too bad, there are certain symptoms that you must look out for:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Chronic cough
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Rash
  • Sinus issues
  • Nasal blockage
  • Sneezing

Remember, by themselves the symptoms might not mean much, but if you happen to have allergies of any kind, these might become the trigger for something far worse, so make sure you take care of the problem before it starts. We’re going to go over a few steps that you can take to get rid of the problem, or at least get a head start on it.

Steam Cleaning for Health Reasons

Whether you are choosing to use a portable steam cleaner or one of the larger models, you should know a bit about how they work. When it comes to carpet they do an outstanding job of removing both the water and dirt that has become embedded in the carpet. One of the most overlooked aspects about dirt is the fact that it is in fact a natural adhesive, which is why it is so difficult to remove from carpet. The steam released from the unit will penetrate the fibers of the carpet, loosening the dirt from the strands and then systematically removing it, which cleanses the carpet.

As always you should remove the water as quickly as possible, and if you feel there may be any water left over, you can always use fans to speed up the process. Of course, you should do this anyway, as they help to circulate fresh air. In conjunction with your steam cleaning efforts, it would be a good idea for you to run a dehumidifier, for obvious reasons, and as always, sanitize the room.

A Clean Slate

The most common misconception following a flood, particularly one that involves carpet is that you absolutely have to replace the carpet. With good vapor steam cleaners you will not only gain the upper hand in your cleaning, you may just be able to save your carpet and return it to normal. This is a great way to maintain the health and overall hygiene of your home, and it is also a great way to save money. If you know anything about what carpet replacement costs, you will most certainly agree. It’s time to stop worrying about how you’re going to replace that carpet and start worrying about how you’re going to bring it back to life.  With the right portable steam cleaner you’re absolutely golden. 


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