During the later months of winter, us Michiganders experience our share of melting snow. This often leads to water damage and sometimes even flooding.
If you experience flooding in your home, water damage to your carpet can lead to serious health implications. It’s best to replace your carpet or at least have it thoroughly dried, and here is why:
Wet carpet can be notorious for exposing dander and allergens, including mold and mildew spores that make their way into the air. If you attempted to dry your carpets out yourself, mold may have grown without you knowing.
Individuals who already deal with respiratory complications can experience heightened issues. Mold and mildew spores can make their way into your lungs, causing further respiratory issues. Mold and mildew spores are not visible to the human eye, so it’s best to hire a professional after suffering heavy water damage to your carpets to ensure no mildew growth has occurred.
After extended periods of direct exposure to your skin, mold and mildew spores can lead to viral and bacterial infections. Rashes and other skin conditions can result from extended exposure to mold and mildew.
If your carpets have suffered heavy water damage, whether from the melting snow or heavy rains that will come in the spring, it’s best to be sure no mold or mildew has grown. These spores can hide in your carpet and continue to grow. Contact a professional right away and determine if your carpet is salvageable or needs to be replaced.