Call the fire department. They may have suggestions. I was surprised when I
first found out they'd pump out peoples' basements after floods. Since they
sometimes fill people's basements with water, they may have some advice. A
friend of mine had a brief fire in his kitchen, but it totally filled the
house with cooking smoke. The fire department loaned him some fans that
could take the paint off the walls.
If it is money youare worried about, then think about
the endless thousands and thousands of $ in medical
bills and medication youARE going to have because of mold.
You have one day to dry the rug before black-mold sets in.
At this very moment and for several days now you have
been destroying your sinuses with mold; your children can
become asthmatic and you can get arthritis and mental
problems, but wait- the list gets longer and worse. You
have a computer; look it up on the Internet, under Google:
"wet rugs and mold" BURN THE RUGS!!!!
rent a pressure washer. and really hose off those carpets with a 10
% solution of bleach. hang outside to dry. if raining, hang in a
get them ou tof the basement, the longer you have that mildew down
there, the longer it has a chance to migrate from the carpet to
90% or more of the carpet sold in the US will be ruined by bleach. It, um,
bleaches the color out... (BTW, I ought to know - I'm an engineer for the
world's largest carpet manufacturer).
You need to get that carpet out of your basement. If it has mildewed, it is
ruined. You won't get the smell out.
Having a second sump pump is a good option. It would be even better if you
could stop the water in the first place, but that's a tough thing to in my
Sorry about the flood and your loss.
Go rent a rug doctor from your local rental place or maybe supermarket.
Or call a carpet cleaning service. Those machines will pull more water
than a shopvac.
Then use a carpet cleaning solution and maybe some additional mold
killer addative .
you wont know if the carpet is salvaged until it is dry .
Some good suggestions already.
Make a grid, *suspend* the carpet off the floor--after extensive cleaning,
*steam* cleaning, sanitizing, etc.
Heat, fans, *dehumidifier(s)*--or regular window A/C left inside the
room--make sure it doesn't freeze up.
Dehumifiers from Sams Club: $139. I have a couple.
Will make a big, big difference, with the whole space. If you are going to
dehumidify, keep the space closed off.
If not, then well-ventilate it.
Yeah, back up pumps...
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