Getting Rid of Water Damage Odors from Your Home

One thing that can come out after a water damage incident inside your home is that an odor can remain. This problem can often be left ignored, which can become a serious problem. If the smell lingers inside the home, this could be indicative of mold growing inside the home as a result of exposure to damp and moist conditions. This is why it is essential to get rid of these odors, which can be done using the tips mentioned below.

Removing the mold smells from your carpets:

Removing the smell of mold or mildew may seem to be a difficult task, but in reality it’s very simple and easy. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you know what the source is and that it has been fixed properly so it is not an issue anymore. The removal is pointless if the source is still producing more smell. Next, you should call up a mold remediation company who can help you deal with smells inside the home, especially taking care that there are no health and safety concerns for you.

Prevention of mold growth on the carpets:

Once the damages have been dealt with, you’ll need to try and prevent any further mold growth on the same area using preventative methods. This way you can save up on the costs of having to fix up your home and you’ll have a healthier and safer space in the long run.

Dry out the area:

The first thing you’ll need to do is to keep the area as dry as possible. The more there is moisture, the more you will attract mold growth. If there are any windows nearby, open them and let the fresh air ventilate the area. Furthermore, you can use dehumidifiers to pull out the moisture from the air, along with fans that can help the drying process and overall increase the ventilation of air around the room.

Use cleaning solutions and baking soda:

Next, you will want to clean up the carpet. You can make up your own cleaning solution by combining around 1 cup vinegar with around 2 cups water. Now, spray the carpet with this smell, taking care not to overdo it. You can also put baking soda all over the area in question. Baking Soda is an excellent choice because it is safe for use around kits and pets, and works quickly. Leave the Baking Soda overnight and you’ll smell nothing the next day.

Other household items that can be used:

In addition to the substances mentioned above, you can also you some other household items to clear up the lingering smell from water damages. One of these is vinegar. All you need to do is place vinegar around the room in bowls and leave it for a couple of days. A few days later, your home will be back to normal. You can also use cat litter. Simply place it in containers around the room and change the litter every now and then. You’ll find the smell gone in no time.

Avoiding the dangers of water damage

Water damage is bothersome, expensive, and takes time to fix. We already know potential causes of water damages such as storms, floods (by nature), and other “acts of God”.   Here we are going to explore preventable water damage that comes from inside the home.

 Use appliance (w/water supplies) warranties properly

The first step in preventing costly water damage in your home is by maintaining your appliances.  Double Check warranties when you purchase an appliance and understand the warranty- that it covers everything you need it to. Periodically check on your appliances, especially hoses and water connections (this can usually be done just by looking).  Yearly maintenance by a technician is sufficient for most appliances. If a problem crops up, call them right away.

Inspect your roof and foundation regularly

Slow leaks from your roof can destroy your attic area, walls, ceiling, and floors.   It can also destroy insulation, paint, tile, carpet and woodwork in record time. Not only does this breed mold and mildew, it leads to warping and rot, which can make your house structurally unsound. If it goes too far, there is no way to recover from this type of damage without demolition.  Have a qualified professional inspect your roof on a regular basis, at least once a year, more if you suspect a problem.

Prepare your pipes for winter

One of the greatest causes of home leaks is burst pipes. This happens when water in the pipe freezes. The expansion that is caused by freezing ruptures the pipe. When it thaws, the water gushes out and can lead to lots of damage and trouble as well as a huge water bill.  Proper insulation is inexpensive, easy to do, and can keep your pipes safe in freezing weather.

In case of flood, act quickly

You can prevent water damage by quickly cleaning up any spills and leaks. If you notice a leak, shut off the water (if possible) then work on thoroughly cleaning up the water, and dry the area. If you cannot stop the leak (say it’s raining) try to at least slow it down using buckets or tarps.  If you find that the leak has been ongoing, or damage is extensive, might need to call a professional service. A water restoration team will come in and Have you dry and good as new in no time.


Taking Immediate Action Against Water Damage

Failure to take immediate action against water damage can result in serious consequences.  Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms.  This greatly increases the risk of health problems because mold has a great impact on indoor air quality.  Allergies and asthma symptoms may be aggravated by mold exposure, especially in children or people with weakened immune systems.  Exposure to mold may also increase the risk of respiratory diseases.
The EPA states mold can grow anywhere – on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.  Mold destroys things it grows on which can end up costing you thousands of dollars.  The way to prevent mold is to prevent moisture.  Thus, if you have water damage in your home or business, you need to take action immediately.

Types of Water Damage

There are many things that can cause water damage.  Floods, heavy snow, heavy rain, broken pipes, leaky dishwashers, clogged toilets, overflowing washing machines, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, and foundation cracks are just some of the possible causes of water damage. Too much water damage can result in minor problems like water in basement areas, or it can result in destruction of your home or business.

One of the most dangerous types of water damage is from sewage.  Sewage contains fungi, bacteria, and viruses which can lead to diseases.  The IICRC lists key principles homeowners should know about sewage backup.  If your home or business is infiltrated by sewage, you should evacuate immediately and call a reputable restoration company.  An experienced, trained can assess the damage and begin the remediation process.

Water Damage Categories

There are three categories of water damage.  The IICRC explains these categories as such:

  • Category 1. This is liquid from a clean and sanitary source such as faucets, toilet tanks, and drinking fountains. But, category one can quickly progress to category two.
  • Category 2. This category of liquid used to be called “grey water”, and is described as having a level of contaminates that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources include dishwasher or washing machine overflows, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow with some urine but not feces.
  • Category 3. This is the worst classification and it is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested. It used to be called “black water”, and sources include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant liquid that has begun to support bacterial growth.

As you can see, water damage progresses quickly and the hazards to your and your family’s health as well as the destruction of your home are not worth the risk of delaying remediation.

Call the Professionals

Rainbow International Restoration has a Remediation Team standing by to help you 24/7. They are IICRC-certified which means their technicians know the difference between all categories and classes of water damage and they form a restoration plan based on those factors.  Using a WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) and ASD (Applied Structural Drying) certified technicians who know the math and the science of drying your home or business, they restore your home or business to the way it was before sustaining water damage.

If you are the unfortunate victim of water damage, call Rainbow International Restoration immediately at 877-853-2445 to minimize damage to your home and your health.