How to Clean Carpets After Water Damage

Water is something we cannot do without in this world but water damage is something we can do without. In the event of water damage, carpet condition will have to be assessed first before you can decide on what would be the best thing to do. The extent of damage from water would depend on how long it was submerged and what effect it had on the carpet. If it was submerged for a long time, there is a possibility that its fibers have already detached from its backing. However, some carpets are durable enough not to be easily disintegrated when submerged in water.

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Carpet Water Damage

To start off, first find out what kind of water has flooded your carpet. Clean water from pipe leak or break, sink or tub overflow and rainwater will not cause too much damage to your carpet and will only require cleaning if there are no signs of damage. Water coming from toilet overflow, leaks from the hot water heater or other leaks that can possibly carry small contaminants can also be vacuumed off if the water volume is not too much but would require a truck mounted extractor if the volume is more than your vacuum cleaner can handle. Carpets flooded with unsanitary water coming from raw sewage with major contaminants should be disposed of since the bacteria will pose a big danger to your health.

If, in your assessment, the damage is minimal and you can do this job yourself, you can start off by remediating the source of the water.  If it is a leaking pipe, fix the leak or replace the pipe. Remove all the furniture in the room and remove the carpet and under padding.  Remove as much of the water as you can in the earliest possible time.  Hang out the carpet to dry using large fans or put them in an area with direct sunlight.

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If there was a considerable amount of flooding, it would be a good idea to call in a professional to assess the size and scope of the damage. Homeowner’s insurance should cover the cost of replacing your carpet if there is severe damage from water. It might be cheaper in the long run to replace than to do remedial measures in trying to salvage your carpet. Unless it is a very rare or unique one, you might as well get rid of the carpet as it will always pose a risk that the water has not been fully extracted or dried and can even damage the floor underneath.

Whatever you do, make sure that no damp or wet carpet is left in your house which can breed molds that will be detrimental to your health.