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Can you salvage carpets from flood damage?

Can your rugs and carpets be salvaged after a flood? The answer to this question depends on the type of floodwater that has entered your home. If the flood comes from a clean source like pipe leaks, the carpet can be cleaned easily. However, if the flood source is a sewer, your carpet cannot be salvaged, no matter what you do.

What are the guidelines that will help you decide whether to keep or throw your carpeting and rugs?

Some questions you need to ask yourself to help you decide between the two are:

If your carpet or rug was submerged in clean water like water from a burst pipe, you will be able to save it. However, if the water that soaked your rug/carpet was contaminated, chances of salvaging it are dim. Simple drying techniques will not remove the toxins or bacteria. On top of that, professional cleaning will not be worth the expense.

If your rug or carpet has been wet for less than 24-48 hours and the floodwater originates from a clean source, you will be able to clean and dry them with ease. Or, you can contact a professional water damage carpet cleaning service for the job. However, if the carpet has been wet for more than 48 hours, you will have to follow set standards for remediation for removal and replacement.

If your carpet (without foam backing) has been flooded by cleaned water, it can be cleaned and dried within 48 hours. Some can be washed in a washing machine while others need to be cleaned by professionals.

Wall-to-wall carpets are the most difficult to get cleaned and dried. If the carpet has been flooded by clean water and remains for less than 48 hours, it can be cleaned and reinstalled. If it has been more than 48 hours, removal and replacement are advised.

How do you clean and dry your rug/carpet if the water source is not contaminated?

If the floodwater is from a non-contaminated source, you can follow the steps mentioned below:

Assess the scenario

Before you start the process of cleaning and drying your carpet, you need to look and assess the situation first. You need to fix the source of the flooding first and check if there are any hazardous materials involved. Once you get a grip on what you are dealing with, you can start tackling the problem. No matter the type of floodwater, always wear protective gears.

Remove the standing water first

Before the wet carpet drying process can begin, you need to pull the water out of the house. If you think the water can be pulled out with manual labour, you can do so. But if the task is too much to handle, you can easily rent out pumping machines that will suck the water out of your house fast and more efficiently. The sooner you remove the excess water, the better your chances of salvaging your carpeting.

Sucking up the water from the wet carpet

Once the majority of the floodwater has been removed, you can make use of a wet vacuum to dry your carpet. While the method is inexpensive, it will also cost you a lot of time. But, you need to work slowly and methodically to remove as much water as possible. The ultimate goal is to leave your carpet just above damp so that there is no water squishing around.

Separating the wet carpet from the flooring

Once the majority of the water has been removed, you need to remove the carpeting from the floor. You need to be careful and pull away from the tack strips. Start along the wall and just keep moving throughout the room. Excessive force might tear or damage your wet carpet.

Change the underlay of the carpet

You cannot use the same padding or underlay once your carpet gets wet. It will soak up water and will not dry out. This will cause the growth of mould and mildew, which will cause unsafe conditions and a particular odour under the carpet, no matter how dry it gets. Once you remove the padding from the carpet, you need to throw it away.

Drying the carpet

Once you are done with the processes mentioned above, you can start with the actual drying process. You can make use of dehumidifiers and air-blowers and keep them running until the carpeting and the flooring are completely dry. Additionally, you can also open up your doors and windows, if the weather permits, for faster drying

Overall, it is best if you leave the job of dry cleaning your damaged carpeting to professionals. They will make sure that the job gets done. We might even be your last hope and chance of saving your carpet and eliminating mildew and mould.

Our team is equipped with the right tools to handle any situation. So, give us a call for all your water damage restoration needs.