Repairing Flood Damaged Carpet
Dealing with wet carpet is a pain. Even walking across a wet carpet in socks is
enough to make you irritable; now imagine how you’d feel if you suddenly came
home to carpet inundated with water. Not
only is the carpet affected, but everything under it as well.
Well, rest easy. You
don’t have to replace carpet when it gets wet; in fact, if it’s been wet for
two days or less, it is in all likelihood salvageable. Just take the proper steps and treat it
One qualifier: if the carpet has been contaminated by sewage
related water, go ahead and discard it.
The possible health issues are too numerous and serious to ignore.
For starters, take the carpet up. All of it.
Remove and discard all wet or damaged padding.
Clean the floors with detergent solution and bleach and
allow to thoroughly dry before relaying any carpet. This will minimize odor or mildew within the
house. Remove baseboards to check within
the walls for any untreated water problems.
Use a wet-dry vac to pull as much water as possible out of
the carpet. To remove the remaining
moisture, open all windows and doors to circulate air, and use fans and blowers
directed at the carpet to facilitate drying.
Use dehumidifiers to remove residual moisture in the air.
Have your carpets professionally cleaned, disinfected, and
sanitized. Steam cleaning is preferred.
Have the carpets professionally re-laid.
Contact your local water damage repair company for a
complete range of water extraction, drying, carpet cleaning, and restoration
services. They are available 24/7 for
prompt, courteous service.
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