Water Damaged, Wet or Flooded Carpet – Things to Consider and What to Do – Do It Yourself or Not?
Carpet damaged by water? Questions to ask yourself: Where did the water come from? How old is the carpet? How long has the carpet been wet? What is the material, the composition of the carpet, including the fiber of the face and the backing? What is the subfloor made of: wood or concrete? What is the dollar value of the rug or rug? What type of installation is it, stretched or glued, and what type of subfloor. What type of padding is under the rug, age condition, composition. When the water damage occurred, was the carpet previously clean and well-maintained or dirty? Were there problems with pet urine prior to the water damage? Is carpet the type that shrinks when exposed to excess moisture? These are the questions every professional water damage contractor asks when developing a game plan for removing or drying and restoring water damaged carpet.
IMPORTANT. If the source of the water was a backflow from ANY drain line, be it from a TOILET, sink or shower, or floor drain, regardless of the color or clarity of the water, DO NOT attempt to do so. approach yourself. Water from these sources will likely contain disease-causing organisms and should be handled by a professional. Remember, your health and safety are much more important than a water-damaged carpet.
As a homeowner, it is possible to dry a small area of the carpet yourself if you have any skills to do so. You may only want to try the do-it-yourself approach in the following circumstances. The affected area was water damaged by fresh water (for example, a bathroom sink overflow or a leaking supply line under a toilet). The incident occurred the same day or the night before. The area is less than 10 square feet and is on the ground floor on a cement slab (it is never recommended to dry yourself on the second floor or higher or in a house with a wood subfloor, call a service of professional water). damage drying contractor for these problems). It is also not recommended that you try to dry the carpet yourself if the water has come in contact with other porous building materials, such as drywall or skirting boards made from multi-density fibreboard. If wet carpet and pad have been in contact with or near these items for more than a few minutes, call a water damage professional. If all of these restrictive conditions are met, you may be able to dry the carpet yourself. First remove all furniture and personal belongings from the area. If the furniture legs are wet, put aluminum foil or plastic under them so they don’t stain the area where you put them. Next, you will need a shop vacuum to extract the water in liquid form. Go around the area slowly, extracting as much water as possible. In terms of volume, liquid water is the easiest to remove from carpet or floor. Gently and slowly remove the mat from the tack strip, starting at the corner closest to the water damaged area.
Ask your local tool rental supply company which tools you should use to properly unhook the carpet from its tack strip. If you have a glue for the slab installation, you should skip this step. Once you have gently removed the carpet, you may want to use the wet shop vacuum to extract more water from the padding and cement subfloor. Spray a PH neutral disinfectant / sanitizer over the entire wet area. Let the carpet stay loose and place a fan near the wet carpet, padding, and subfloor. You can rent a fan from your local tool rental store or you can have an axial fan big enough to work. Keep the area warm, either with a small space heater or your home’s central heater. A more advanced method would be to rent a small dehumidifier from your local tool rental store and place it near the fans you have used. Rotate the fan around the area every day. Since porous building materials often feel “dry” before they are “really dry,” it is best to leave the drying equipment in place for at least two days after it feels dry to the touch. It is best to leave the drying equipment on in the area for 4-5 days. This will leave you with a dry carpet, pad, and cement underlayment. At this point, you are ready to put the mat back on the tack strip.
Any situation beyond the restrictions listed above and it would be wise to contact a professional water damage drying contractor.