When dealing with water damaged carpet, it is important to begin drying within 48 hours to prevent mould growth and to reduce potential reconstruction costs that may result from structural damage.
If your home has been subject to extensive flooding, you may be panicking about your water damaged carpeting. After all, carpeting isn’t cheap!
But did you know that water damaged carpeting could also pose major health risks to you and your family? It’s true.
The moisture from the flood encourages the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. This can cause respiratory and other issues.
In order to prevent your carpet water damage from becoming a huge expense or health risk, keep reading. We’ll go over five practical tips to help you repair your carpet after water damage. Let’s get started!
Consider the Source
Before you start your repairs, figure out the source of the flooding. Was it a one-time thing like an overflowing bathtub? Or could the flood become continual?
Whatever the source is, start by mending that problem. Call a plumber or contractor if it’s more than a quick fix.
Dry the Carpet Quickly
The best defense against dangerous mold and mildew is to dry out the water damaged carpet as quickly as possible. You can do this with fans (some exist primarily for this purpose), dehumidifiers, and wet/dry vacuums. If you don’t own these tools, you can rent them.
Clean the Water Damaged Carpeting
When it comes to water damage, carpet cleaning is vital for safety. Shampooing and/or steam cleaning are great ways to ensure sanitization.
After flooding occurs, it’s usually best to get rid of your carpet padding altogether. This is much less of a headache than having to replace your carpeting.
Keep Off the Carpets
While you’re drying and cleaning your water damaged carpeting, make sure that nothing comes in contact. This means that, if your carpeting is still on the floor, all furniture needs to be removed. Not only can the dye from furniture seep into your carpets, the water from your carpets can also damage the furniture.
It’s also important not to walk across the carpeting at this time. The irritation in combination with the moisture could cause the adhesive backing to detach from the carpet fibers.
Call the Pros
Feeling less than confident about your carpet drying and cleaning skills? Leave the work to the pros.
After all, it’s easier than you think for flooding in your home to go from manageable water damage to carpet-ruining nightmare. Prevent this from happening to you by calling a professional flood response service. The pros will make sure that everything is taken care of in the best way possible!
Carpet Cleaners Australia has the tools on hand to clean, dry, restore and deodorise water damaged carpets quickly.
Please note: Australian Health and Safety Standards require that sewage damaged carpet and underlay be removed and disposed of without attempting restoration.