Wet Carpet in Basements and What to Do About It
One of the most obvious signs of water damage in your basement is wet carpet. While some signs of water damage are harder to identify, others are as simple as spotting excess water in places where they shouldn’t be.
Water can enter a basement in several different ways and cause your carpet to become wet. Carpet can become wet when a plumbing leak occurs, a sump pump fails, or ground water comes in.
If water is coming into the basement and carpet is present it is going to become wet. Carpet will act like a sponge as water comes in and soaks it all up. Not only will the carpet become wet, but the carpet padding will as well. When the carpet padding gets wet, it makes it much harder to prevent other problems. While the wet carpet can be dried easily with a fan or a vacuum to suck up the water, the carpet padding can be much harder to dry.
The carpet padding can hold the water and any bacteria and harmful substance that comes into contact with it. If it remains wet for a long period of time, it can cause mold to grow underneath the carpet, which can be harder to spot and cause many health-related issues.
Mold and mildew can grow within the wet basement carpet causing potentially more problems to come in if not taken care of properly. If mold grows in the carpet or carpet padding, it can cause your family to have allergy symptoms or other respiratory-related problems. Any mold in your home is a bad problem, and wet carpet can be the perfect environment for it to grow.
At MidAmerica Basement Systems, we have helped homeowners protect their homes for nearly 30 years and we can help you keep your carpet dry. Contact us today for your free quote!