Properly Cleaning A Water Damaged Carpet
Carpet is one of those amenities that enhances the beauty of any home, and if properly cared for can keep the home’s interior looking attractive and appealing for many years. Unfortunately, over time, carpet may be tarnished through various types of staining and damage, and a water damaged carpet can prove to be one of the more difficult problems to remediate. Even the most minor of spills can prove to be a headache; a glass of water or soda spilled on a carpet can leave behind a visible stain and result in musty odors.
Water damage restoration should be performed as soon as possible following any sort of carpet water damage. The water extraction process will in most cases be successful in pulling up most of the water that has been absorbed by the carpet. Unfortunately enough water may be left in the carpet to cause damage, which is why the water remediation process should be a prompt and thorough one.
Once a carpet has been water damaged, then traffic across the carpet should be kept to a minimum in order to prevent subsequent problems. Remember that the latex holding the primary and secondary backings becomes weak when wet, and excessive walking on the carpet may result in delamination.
You should shut off the source of the water as soon as possible. This not only minimizes the level of the damage, but also allows you to determine the type of water you may be dealing with. It is a useless endeavor to being the remediation process until the type of water damage has been correctly determined.
Furnishings in the affected area may cause more damage to the carpet, so be sure to remove any furnishings to another location. If they have also been damaged by the water, they can be cleaned up and repaired without causing further damage and deterioration. A water damage restoration professional will be able to properly examine all loose items and see what needs to be repaired and what needs to be replaced.
Once the type of the water has been identified, the extraction process should begin as soon as possible, with the goal of completely drying the carpet within 12 -24 hours. Failure to properly dry out everything may result in long term problems such as the growth of mold and mildew.
In the more serious cases involving a water damaged carpet, the carpet may have to be taken up at the tacks to complete drying. Damaged carpet padding should be discarded and replaced. The carpet will need to be elevated and fans brought to bear to make sure the top and bottom of the carpet has been completely dried out. In areas where excessive humidity is a factor, dehumidifier units may have to be brought to bear in order to fully remediate the problem.
The water damage professionals at Restoration Local have the training and experience to handle even the largest cases of water damage and carpet water damage. Call today for a free estimate or phone consultation.