The water heater (boiler) started leaking water... We noticed the
flooding (it was just partial, 40% of a 4m.x6m baseman, partly
carpeted. We managed to take the water out, and sucked the water from
the rug using news papers (tons of it)
Now the carpet is almost dry, but still some areas are wet.
My question, at this point is:
1-Should I keep the de-humidifier on (It has been for three days)
2-Or should I put fans towards the wet areas and open the windows
(humidity outside is terrible -I live near Lake Ontario, Canada-, and
I am concern the humidity will make things worse.
3-Should I ripp (excuse my English) or pull out the old rug (is where
the humidity is more accute)...
4-If I don't see mold, am I ok?
Yes, keep the de-humidifier on until everything is dry, when you stop having
to empty the tank, if ever, all is well.
Yes, blow fans at the wet areas. Don't open the windows unless it is dryer
outside than inside.
The rug will be your call, if you have a sponge underpad it may be holding a
lot of water. Go over it all with a wet/dry vacuum and get all the moisture
you can out of the carpet, it will help it dry a lot better than newspapers
In a basement you should really use commercial grade carpet tiles. They can
take getting wet, and can be easily lifted to get the water up and dry the
tiles. They go back just as easy. Do not install standard household carpet
with foam or sponge underpad under it. It will trap any loose water and
create an ideal area for mould to grow.
If you don't see mould, you may be OK, but you really need to look closer
under the carpet where it will be growing.
I want to thank you all for your advice!
I will certainly follow your wisdom...
I am completely unexpert in these, house matters, and to have people
that give you a hand, is just amazing!
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