Water Damage >> Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak

Common Indoor Moisture Sources Include: Flooding, inadequate maintenance and failure of building materials and systems Roof leaks Plumbing leaks Overflow from tubs, sinks or toilets Firewood stored indoors Humidifier use Inadequate venting of kitchen and Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak bath humidity Improper venting of combustion appliances 

Failure to vent clothes dryer exhaust outdoors (including electric dryers) Line drying laundry indoors House plants - watering them can generate large amounts of moisture Condensation (caused by indoor humidity that is too high or surfaces that are too cold) Water movement through basement walls and Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak slabs Drying The Indoor Environment: 

To keep indoor surfaces as dry as possible, try to maintain the home's relative humidity between 20-40 percent in the winter Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and below 60 percent the rest of the year. You can purchase devices to measure relative humidity at some home supply stores. 

Ventilation, air circulation near cold surfaces, dehumidification Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and efforts to minimize the production of moisture in the home are all very important in controlling high humidity that frequently causes mold growth in our cold climate. Begin Drying Of Wet Materials: Begin to dry any materials that are wet as soon as possible. 

For severe moisture problems, use fans and dehumidifiers and move wet items away from walls and off floors. Check with equipment rental companies or Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak restoration firms to see if you can rent fans and dehumidifiers. Remove And Dispose Of Mold-Contaminated Materials: 

Items which have absorbed moisture (porous materials) and which have mold growing on them need to be removed, bagged and thrown out. Such materials may include gypsum wallboard, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak insulation, plaster, carpet/carpet pad, ceiling tiles, wood products (other than solid wood) and paper products. 

Likewise, any such porous materials that have contacted sewage should also be bagged Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and thrown away. Non-porous materials with surface mold growth may be saved if they are cleaned well and kept dry. TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF The amount of mold particles in air can increase greatly when mold is disturbed. 

Consider using protective equipment when handling or Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak working around mold contaminated materials. The following equipment can help minimize exposure to mold: Rubber gloves Eye goggles Outer clothing (long sleeves and long pants) that can be easily removed in the work area and laundered or discarded 

Medium-efficiency or high-efficiency filter dust mask (these can be found at safety equipment suppliers, hardware stores, or some other large stores that sell home repair supplies) -- at a minimum, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak use an N-95 or equivalent dust mask TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT OTHERS Plan and perform all work to minimize the amount of dust generated. 

Plan to keep all susceptible people (children, seniors, and those sensitive to indoor contaminants, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak including people with compromised immune systems) out of the area to help minimize their potential for exposure. The following actions can help minimize the spread of mold spores: Enclose all moldy materials in plastic (bags or sheets) before carrying through the home 

Hang plastic sheeting to separate the work area from the rest of the home Remove outer layer of work clothing in the work area Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and wash separately or bag Damp clean the entire work area to pick up settled contaminants in dust 

Clean Surfaces - surface mold growing on non-porous materials such as hard plastic, concrete, glass, metal and solid wood can usually be cleaned. Cleaning must remove Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and capture the mold contamination, because dead spores and mold particles still cause health problems if they are left in place 

Thoroughly scrub all contaminated surfaces using a stiff brush, hot water and a non-ammonia soap/detergent or commercial cleaner Collect excess cleaning liquid with a wet/dry vacuum, mop or Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak sponge Rinse area with clean water and collect excess rinse water 

Disinfect Surfaces After cleaning has removed all visible mold and other soiling from contaminated surfaces, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak a disinfectant may be used to kill mold missed by the cleaning. In the case of sewage contamination, disinfection must be performed. Contact the Delaware Division of Public Health for appropriate advice. 

Mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water and apply to surfaces where mold growth was visible before cleaning. The solution can be applied with a spray bottle, garden sprayer, it can be sponged on, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak or applied by other methods. Collect any run-off of bleach solution with a wet/ dry vacuum, sponge or mop. 

However, do not rinse or wipe the bleach solution off the areas being treated -- allow it to dry on the surface. Always handle bleach with caution. Never mix bleach with ammonia -- toxic chlorine gas may result. Bleach can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and skin. Provide fresh air (for example, open a window or door). Protect skin and eyes from contact with bleach. 

Test solution on a small area before treatment, since bleach is very corrosive and may damage some materials. REMAIN ON MOLD ALERT Continue looking for signs of moisture problems Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak or return of mold growth. Be particularly alert to moisture in areas of past growth. If mold returns, repeat cleaning steps and consider using a stronger solution to disinfect the area again. 

Regrowth may signal that the material should be removed or that moisture is not yet controlled. When Can We Rebuild? Rebuilding Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and refurnishing must wait until all affected materials have dried completely. Be patient it takes time to dry out wet building materials. 

Be sure to continue dehumidification and watching out for telltale signs that the moisture problem might be recurring. Can Ozone Air Cleaners Remove Indoor Mold? Some air cleaners are designed to produce ozone, which is a strong oxidizing agent Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak and a known irritant of the lungs and respiratory system. 

Studies have shown that ozone, even at high concentrations, is not effective at killing airborne mold or surface mold contamination. Even if mold were killed by ozone, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak the health threats would not be reduced until mold contaminants are removed through cleaning. 

Health experts, including the Delaware Division of Public Health, Wet Carpet From A Plumbing Leak do not recommend the use of ozone to address mold or any other indoor air problems

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