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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tree Down

My mom has said to me a number of times that I need to write a book. She’s referring to all the crazy things that happen in our house….well, probably in my life in general. Here’s our latest happening:


Of course this occurred when Matt was out of town. Thankfully our only neighbor happened to not be traveling as well so it only lay on the floor for about an hour. I talked to Greg, the managing partner of A Cleaner World Carpet & Rug Cleaning, after the fact to make sure I handled it properly. Seems I did a decent job. So if your tree crashes and soaks your carpet too, here’s how to handle it:

1. Extract as much water as you can. If you don’t have a home carpet cleaner, you can use a wet/dry vac. If you don’t have the ability to extract the water, you can always call Greg at 336-804-0045.

2. Create air movement using a floor fan that puts out a lot of air. If you don’t have one, consider renting one. Another option is to use a dehumidifier, which takes in moist air and puts out dry air. Be sure to point the exhaust toward the wet area.

The big takeaway is to do these two things as quickly as possible. Mold and bacteria growth start to take place in 72 hours.

So this catastrophe didn’t cause too much damage. It was more of an aggravation – especially given that my living room was a mess for about three days. Finally I’m pleased to say that our tree has stayed upright for over a week now.

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