Why does water damage cause so much frustration with outdoor carpeting? We have all seen it happen – the grass stains are gone, the colorful flower arrangements on the patio are mowed off… but there is still a stain. The best way to resolve this type of problem is to know why it happened in the first place. How and why did the water get in?
First, remember that even though your outdoor carpeting is treated, it is not waterproof. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about outdoor carpeting. Outdoor carpeting is like indoor carpeting: it can get wet, but not in a completely waterproof way.
The simple answer to the question is: because we have become a more temperamental society, we are less likely to keep our things dry, or at least, take care of them as we should. Take pillows for instance. If they are wet, they will mold. Mold can be a serious problem, particularly if you have allergies or another medical condition. Mold can also be toxic, causing severe respiratory distress, nausea and vomiting, and in some cases, death.
With pillows, the situation might be somewhat different. If the area where you have pillows is near to a wall, or a door, then the likelihood of the pillow soaking up some of the water will be lessened. If it is near an outside window, then the chances are much higher. In both cases, the worst case scenario is water seeping in while you are trying to sleep. Obviously, this is not a desirable thing to experience, waking up with a wet pillow and a wet floor. It is one of the main causes of damage to carpets, and carpets in general.
Next, remember to check for any leaks. Many areas will have a seal on the wall or door area to help stop moisture from getting inside. However, if a hole is in that seal, then moisture can sneak in. You can often find areas of missing seals on walls and doors. In some cases, simply capping the area with a piece of tape will do, then sealing it up.
Finally, be sure to check the weather. High humidity in an outdoor area can lead to mildew. If you suspect that your area has excess moisture, an air purifier may be able to pick up the problem. The same goes if you suspect that it is raining. Rain can lead to higher humidity in the area that it is raining in, which can lead to wetness and mold in your home.