Flood water damage can turn a beautiful carpet into a soggy mess. Irrespective of the source, it is important to dry wet carpets as soon as possible in order to avoid infestation of mould and mildew. Drying water damaged carpeting is not that difficult if you know what you are doing.
Things to Remember While Drying Wet Carpeting
The sooner you begin the clean-up process, the better your chances of restoring the carpet back to its original sheen. Yet, there are a few things you should keep in mind before drying a water damaged carpet.
Source of Water Damage: –You first step should be to find out the source of water damage and check if it is polluted with harmful contaminants. The source directly impacts how difficult it will be to dry and sanitise the water damaged carpeting. If water source is not contaminated, for example a leaking pipe, dry the carpet directly. For flood water and toilet overflow you need to disinfect and sanitise the carpet after drying it.
Existence of Mould and Mildew: –Mould thrives in damp and dark conditions. It requires a constant source of nutrition and moisture, making wet carpets a perfectly suitable environment. You should check for mould damage in carpet base before starting to dry it.
Extent of Water Damage: –While it is quite easy to dry water from a spill or small pipe leakage, drying carpet after a flood or an overflow can be particularly challenging. It is better to hire professional carpet drying services if majority of the carpeting is damaged.
Age of the Carpet: –Drying an old carpet is more complex and intricate than new ones. Their fibres are already worn and frayed with the passage of time. Some parts may require replacement as they cannot be salvaged.
What Should Be Your Immediate Response to Water Damage
Responsiveness is the key in drying water damaged carpets. Follow the steps given below before proceeding to dry your wet carpeting:
Stop the Source of Water –Drying your carpet when the pipe is still leaking does not make any sense. You can turn off the water main while you wait for a plumber to fix the problem. In cases of natural disaster, simply wait for the flood waters to recede.
Move All Furniture –Furniture kept on wet carpets slow down the process of drying. Moreover, the contaminated water can ruin them as well. Move all the furniture to a dry and clean room.
Prevent Foot Traffic on Damaged Carpet –Avoid walking on water damaged carpeting as it will hasten the wearing out of padding. This rule also stands for your pets and children. Don’t let them walk or play on wet carpets.
How to Drying Wet Carpeting
Remove Standing Water: –Be quick in removing standing water. You can use either wipers or pumps depending on the amount of water to be removed.
Suck up Residue Water Using a Wet/Dry Vacuum Cleaner: –Suck up the residue water using a wet/dry vacuum cleaner. Move slowly and systematically to remove maximum amount of liquid. Your objective here is to ensure there is no water puddling around the carpet. Repeat the process several times until carpeting is barely damp.
Throw Away the Carpet Padding: –Nowadays, carpet paddings are made from urethane foams. These foams are dust and water resistant. However, older carpets have fibre and wool paddings. It is impossible to salvage a carpet padding after extensive water damage. Their porous nature makes them suitable for mould and mildew infestations. So your only option is to throw them away. But don’t worry, they can be easily replaced at a cost of less than a dollar per square feet.
Drying the Water Damaged Carpet: –Once you have sucked out the maximum amount of water and removed the padding, it’s time to dry the carpet. Use air movers, dehumidifiers, industrial blowers to increase air circulation in rooms. You can rent them for a day from equipment rental shops. You can also use your household fans, but they are not adequate alone. Let all machines run as long as the carpet is still wet. Remember to turn it over and dry the base too.
Sanitize and Disinfect the Carpet: –As mentioned before, drying the carpet is enough if the water is from a clean source. However, for contaminated sources, it is important to apply disinfectants and sanitizers to prevent bacteria and foul odour. We recommend using a medicinal sanitizer to kill bacteria and fungal spores.
Buy and Install Carpet Padding: –Once the carpet is thoroughly dried and sanitized, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up residue dirt and soil particles from the carpet base. You can buy new carpet padding in either rolls or individual sheets. Cut it according to your requirements. The padding should fit perfectly while covering the entire carpet.
Reinstall the Carpet: –Once you have installed new carpet padding, start working on reinstalling the entire carpet. Make sure that tack strips fit perfectly, and more importantly, they are not damaged.
Shampoo the Entire Carpet Again: –In the absence of professional skill and experience, you can create dirt stains on water damaged carpeting. Complete the drying process by shampooing entire carpeting once again. This will not only remove stains but also kill residue bacteria and mould. Start by sucking up as much dust as possible using a regular vacuum cleaner. Then apply a small amount of stain removal solution to get rid of stains.
Hire Professional Carpet Drying and Restoration Services
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