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Water Damage and Carpet Drying
Water damage in the home or business can be a major headache, but no water damage is more of a problem than waterlogged carpets. Drying up a wood or tiled floor is one thing, but cleaning up water from carpets or rugs takes the difficulty to a whole new degree. Not only is the carpet damaged, but then yo9u have the issue of water getting under the carpet, damaging the carpet padding, and affecting the flooring beneath the carpet. Unless all water and excess moisture is removed, the development of mold and mildew is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Therefore it becomes doubly important to dry out and treat the water damaged carpet as soon as possible.
Carpets damaged by water may be salvaged if a) the carpet has been saturated for less than 48 hours, and b) the water in question is not sewage based. If you plan on saving the carpet, it is important to move quickly, and take all appropriate steps in order and done right the first time.
Water extraction is the single most important step in the process, since it removes the vast majority of the water that is in the carpet. However, it does not remove all of it, and all of it will have to be removed for the process to be a success. Shop vacs or industrial pumps may be used to extract the excess water, and blowers, air movers, and dehumidifiers may be used to circulate air and speed up the evaporation process for the remaining moisture.
When using air moving devices, the more you can bring to the table, the better off you will be. Air circulation is absolutely imperative for proper and complete drying, and the more air you can circulate, the more effective the drying process will become.
If the water is beneath the carpet, the padding will need to be checked for damage, as well as the floor, which may warp and crack as a result of water damage. In many cases, the carpet may have to be taken up in order to successfully treat the flooring beneath. Damaged padding will have to be thrown out and replaced, as it cannot be repaired. The flooring will have to be dried, cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized, in many cases more than once to ensure complete drying. Remember that any water trapped under the carpet may cause sudden and serious mold growth.
Some of the more advanced drying tools are able to remove all water on, in, and beneath the carpeting without having to remove the carpet, so be sure to ask your water restoration provider if this is an option they can employ in your situation.
Carpets that are taken up should be laid flat and allowed to dry. Laying them flat is important, since any other configuration could result in the carpet having an incorrect fit when it is re installed.