Cleaning Your Water Damaged Carpet

Water damage is never pretty, and depending on exactly what happened and how long it’s been happening, things can turn out to be downright ugly. Nothing is as bad as standing in cold, seeping water dispersing all over your floors and rugs with no ending in sight. While in some situations you will get lucky and wind up with a flood in an uncarpeted area of your house, a great deal of the times water is going to wind up in the carpeting and require different types of restoration to bring matters back to the way they were.  There are two chief things that go into this: the kind of water, and how long the water’s been around.

For residential properties, the water in a flooding crisis is generally going to be sterile, otherwise known as Category 1 Water. This can be unpolluted water that usually comes from portions of a home that does not transport contaminants, like the water heater in the garage or a faucet in the bathroom. Carpets affected by clean water are only prone to mold and mildew after protracted exposure, and can usually be restored with immediate actions. But for Groups 2 and 3, which can be distinct levels of contaminated water, and affected carpeting might be not worth rescuing depending on the region that’s affected. If a living room rug somehow gets soaked in polluted water from a toilet, the economical option is nearly always a complete replacement, as disinfecting and cleaning the region would most likely run as much if not more.

Another main consideration for your carpet is that the duration of exposure to this water. If the flood is addressed quickly, like when it occurs, the carpet can ordinarily be saved before any kind of damage occurs. On the other hand, if you’ve come home after a long vacation to find water pooling in your house, chances are that there is no way to maintain your original carpet and replacement is in order. Mold spores are omnipresent in the air, and also a 48-hour timeframe is all it takes for mold and mildew to start forming.

The carpet which may be restored will usually be managed by the water damage technicians once they arrive on site. The first step will be to extract the excess moisture utilizing vacuums and other technical tools to get out as much fluid as possible until the air circulators are attracted in. If you want to attempt to manage the drying all on your own, be cautious as waterlogged carpet will weigh quite a bit more than dry carpets. Also, if the drying is not done correctly, the carpeting may delaminate when the bonding glue on the backing melts, causing it to peel away in the cushioning. If you’re not sure how to wash the carpet by yourself, leave the job to the pros.

Provided that the best case scenario occurs and your carpet is correctly restored, in the close of the job your technician will most likely perform a final carpet cleaning to bring your floors back to the way that they were pre-disaster. If recovery is not feasible, the property restoration company will most likely install a brand new carpet in the affected area, matching it up to fit the remainder of your carpeting’s color and thickness. But regardless of what the result is, make certain that the technicians do not leave your carpet looking worse than prior to your emergency!

For any of your flooded carpet cleaning requirements and water removal, call the PuroClean professionals. Our restoration crews will provide an industry-standard estimate and generate a correct plan of action to restore your carpet quickly.