First I want to say I am not a flood or mold specialist. You may need to call in a professional. If it’s not too bad, and you decide to dry out the wet floor yourself, the following are some suggestions. Unfortunately I have had way too many experiences with water leaks.
My first basement leak was a busted washing machine hose. I frantically called my father for advice. He yelled out,
“TURN OFF THE WATER!!!”
So please take my dad’s advice, STOP THE WATER!
1. Turn off the water, block off seepage or redirect gutter spouts.
2. Dry it up it up as quickly as possible. Mop it, use towels, a shammy cloth or a wet dry vac.
3. Crank up the dehumidifier and air conditioner. It helps to draw the moisture out of the room and the floor.
4. Clean and disinfect the floor with an antimicrobial product. (Go to your trusted local hardware store to get recommendations)
How to care for your wet floor:
Wet Carpet – If you have carpet with pad, carefully pull it back and remove the damp portion of the pad and toss it. Once it’s dry, have a professional replace and re-tack the carpet.
Wet Vinyl – If you have floating vinyl tile remove the wet areas. Set them aside so they can be reused. Create a vent to dry out the moisture with a dehumidifier. If it’s glued down vinyl tile, mop, sanitize, and you will be done.
Wet Hardwood – Act fast but it’s more likely the hardwood floor will absorb the water/moisture, expand and then buckle. If it’s mild, give it some time it may go down but prepare for the inevitable, it will probably need to be replaced
Wet Laminate – Rip it up and throw it away! It will not survive any amount of water.
Again I am not a mold specialist. This information is for small leaks only. If you catch it fast and you can dry it up quickly, you have a chance to avoid mold. Otherwise please call a restoration company to prevent mold.
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