Saving and Restoring a Carpet With Water Damage
One of the most inconvenient, expensive and destructive forces a homeowner can face is a flooded room. Water can damage or destroy everything it touches in a home, including carpets, furniture, upholstery and electronics – not to mention the mold and mildew it leaves behind. There is a chance you can save some of your items, including your carpet, from being heavily damaged.
First, you must determine the type of flood that has invaded your home. Is this toxic water or is it relatively sanitary? Sanitary water would be from a busted pipe that is leaking inside the home. Obviously, this would be the best-case scenario. Unsanitary water would most likely come from an overflowing toilet or leaking dishwasher. Floodwater that comes from outside the home can be sanitary if it is merely rainwater from a leaky roof. However, floodwater that seeps into your home from the ground is unsanitary because of contaminates it has come in contact with.
It is imperative that you locate where the water is coming from and immediately stop the flow of water from entering your home as soon as possible. If you have a broken pipe, locate your main water shutoff valve. If you do not know where it is, call an emergency plumber and see if they can help you locate it from over the phone. Make sure you notify your homeowner’s insurance provider.
Do not walk or place objects on a wet carpet, as the constant pressure will cause the glues, adhesives and latex to become weak. Remove the furniture that is on top of the wet carpet.
Next, call the carpet restoration professionals. A carpet care company that specializes in water damage restoration of carpets and upholstery should be contacted to ensure the carpet is expertly cleaned, disinfected and dried.
Unsanitary water damage will require that the carpet be disinfected with special cleaning agents to ensure no health problems will arise. Of course, completely restoring a carpet damaged by unsanitary water may not work, depending on what was in the water. Carpets inundated with water from a backed up sewer line or similar types of water should be thrown out because dangerous bacteria will grow and thrive, causing serious health problems. Salvageable carpet will be washed thoroughly with a disinfecting agent then rapidly dried within a 12-hour period.
A professional carpet cleaning company can easily remedy most types of water damage from routine water leaks. The carpet must be thoroughly dried as soon and as quickly as possible to prevent bacteria and fungi growth. Dehumidifiers and fans may be brought in to speed up the drying process. Mild detergents can be used to prevent bacteria and fungi from spreading. Keep in mind that stronger disinfectants can destroy certain types of dyes of the carpet fiber.
If you find yourself needing to restore a water-damaged carpet, call in the experts. A professional carpet cleaning and water damage restoration company will do all that is possible to return your carpet to pre-flood, like-new condition.