As if flooding from a severe storm, plumbing leaks, and/or roof leaks aren’t overwhelming enough for a homeowner, water damaged carpets resulting from such occurrences can be equally as difficult to deal with. But not if you know what you’re doing. The first thing you need to do is have a plan in place. The second thing you want to be ready for, which is actually part of your plan, is knowing who to call. The professionals at Precision Carpet Care have experienced technicians standing by for everything from water damaged carpeting and upholstery to tile and grout cleaning, pet treatments, mold remediation, and much more.
Professional services aside, how do you know if your carpet is a lost cause or salvageable once it has experienced water damage? Can you save it? Let’s take a closer look at how to deal with water damaged carpeting so that if and when it happens, rather than launching into a state of panic, you will be prepared.
First Things First
The first thing you want to do is step back. With a cool, calm head, try to assess the situation. Have you identified the source of the water? Have you stopped the water? If hazardous materials are involved, it may not be safe for you to attempt a carpet fix.
Can you save your carpeting? One important factor here is that the water that damaged your carpet in the first place be classified as category one water – water from a clean source. It’s probably safe to save your carpet if the water came from snow, rain, supply lines, broken pipes, etc. – but not always. Category three water would be that which came from a flood. Life-threatening bacteria, mold spores, and other contaminants can be contained within this kind of water. You should not try to salvage your carpeting in this case.
If you’re going to remove unsalvageable carpeting yourself, make sure that you’re wearing boots, gloves, and a mask.
Time Is of the Essence When Drying Your Carpet
There are several ways in which to assist the drying of your carpet. We’ll look at those in a second. Your first and foremost consideration is that you get it as dry as possible, as soon as possible. Before you know it, mold will start to grow in a carpet that is even marginally damp. Soon, spores will be released into the atmosphere and, in the blink of an eye, you’ve got a real mold problem on your hands.
Get as much excess moisture out as possible and then concentrate on sucking the water out with a machine (or call in a professional). Additionally, you can set up fans and dehumidifiers to help dry your carpet.
The Matter of Padding
It’s hard enough to get a carpet to dry, much less the padding underneath. But if you’re going to attempt carpet salvage, you will most likely need to replace the padding if it got wet – and it probably did. If you don’t replace the padding, the chances of mold and mildew developing are exponential.
Before laying down new padding and your (hopefully) salvaged carpet, you must make sure that the subflooring underneath is completely dry. It’s not unheard of to turn on humidifiers and fans and give it a good 48 hours for complete drying.
Carpet laying is a tricky process and may be done more expertly, efficiently, and be likely to last longer if done by a professional.
Wet Carpet? Count on the Experts at Precision Carpet Care
If you’ve noticed a mold or mildew smell emanating from your carpeting. If you’ve experienced a flood. If there was a leaky pipe or roof leak that ended up damaging your carpeting. All of these are reasons to call in the professionals at Precision Carpet Care. All of the steps outlined above take time and, more likely than not, money. With one phone call, you can have our technicians in your home before you know it, taking care of your water damaged carpet, upholstery, drywall, and more.
Don’t leave something like this to chance. Mildewed and moldy carpeting can threaten the health and welfare of your entire family. Contact us with questions or to schedule an appointment.