A flood is one of the most damaging events your home can suffer. Because water can (and does) go everywhere, extensive damage can occur wherever floodwater is present. When even the smallest amount of water breaches the confines of your home, it can mean hours of cleanup and considerable cost. All homeowners should know where to look for hidden water and how to remove it completely.
What You Don't See (or Feel)
If the carpeting in your home has been subjected to flooding, it is important to determine the amount of damage that has been incurred. The first job is to remove all of the standing water using a pump or a wet-vac. Once all of the standing water has been removed, you need to figure out the best way to dry the carpeting. Unless the flooding is minimal, professional water extraction equipment will be necessary to thoroughly remove the remaining water, or else the carpet will need to be removed.
The biggest hindrance to thoroughly drying the carpet is the padding underneath it. Even if you can clean and salvage the carpeting itself, the padding often needs to be removed and discarded. The only way to ensure that the carpet and padding are both completely dry is to have them professionally dried and cleaned.
Often, the carpeting will feel dry after the water has been extracted from it. However, the padding beneath the carpet may still hold remaining water, which could cause mould to form. Therefore, it is extremely important to call on an expert who is proficient in carpet dry cleaning.
When you experience flooding in your home, it is usually best to consult carpet cleaning experts before you make any final decisions. There are many ways to accomplish the task of drying your carpeting. You may choose to remove and discard both the carpet and padding. However, if you wish to salvage either or both, you should first receive a professional assessment.
If you do choose to save the carpet, you may still want to discard the padding, especially if it is too damaged to remain intact. If you are going to dry your carpeting without calling in professionals, discarding the padding is really the only choice. You will need to roll back the carpeting, remove all of the padding for disposal, and dry your carpet. This process will still require the proper installation of an air mover and a dehumidifier; simply blowing air over the top won't work.
To salvage both the padding and carpeting, call on the professionals. Hiring professional carpet cleaners is really the only way to make sure that you have removed every vestige of water from the padding. Carpet cleaners will come in with specialised equipment that is capable of water extraction and carpet dry cleaning.
You may also want to have the drywall inspected before you use the living space again. Water often wicks up the wall and begins to mould where you cannot see it. If you find that you need to replace drywall, you may also want the carpet removed and cleaned. Ideally, you will have the carpet re-installed after the other construction has been completed.
Back to Normal
When you experience flooding in your home, you want to get it cleaned up quickly and with the least amount of disruption to your routine. The fastest way to regain the use of your living space and get back to normal is to call on the professionals to do the work for you.
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