One of the main victims of a water damage incident that is easily overlooked is carpet. Your carpet is extremely susceptible to moisture so unless you dry it out quickly, you may be looking at a hefty fee for replacing your carpet. Here are six tips on how to save your carpet after a flood from our water damage restoration experts at Proven Professional Construction Services, in Raleigh.
During the water damage restoration process, understanding the source of the water is essential to knowing how to appropriately respond to the disaster. The main thing you need to know about the water is the level of contamination it contains. For instance, water with high contamination levels like water that contains sewage or harsh chemicals requires a different restoration approach than water that is not majorly contaminated. Moreover, the level of contamination in the water will have serious implications for how you manage your carpet after the flood.
Carpet is extremely vulnerable to moisture. While you may be able to preserve it after just a short period of exposure, if the water remains in your carpet for several hours or even days you likely won’t be able to preserve it. Thus, it’s critical that you take immediate steps to remove the water and dry out your carpet as soon as possible after the flood.
Simply removing the water isn’t sufficient to guarantee that your carpet will be fine after a flood. Because of the bacteria and contamination common in water, you will need to thoroughly disinfect your carpet as well to make sure none of the effects of the flood persist.
One of the worst mistakes you can make after a flood is needlessly walking around on your carpet. Doing this pushes the water deeper down into your carpet and potentially even into your carpet padding which may mean you need to replace your carpet entirely.
In the case of flooding in your home, make sure to put your and your family’s safety first. Take every precaution necessary to ensure that your home stays free from harmful mold and mildew. Just remember to assess the source of the damage and dry all of your water damaged carpeting immediately. If possible, clean and sanitize the carpets thoroughly. Don’t forget to throw out your wet carpet padding if necessary. When all is said and done, your health and the health of your family is infinitely more important than your carpet.
At the end of the day, your best bet for preserving your carpet is getting in touch with a professional water damage restoration company as soon as possible. We at Proven Professional Construction Services, in Raleigh are one such company and we will be out to your home as soon as possible to ensure that your carpet receives the cleaning and water damage restoration care it needs.