Carpet Drying Checklist

flood-picIn any event, as hurriedly as possible, do away with the source of the water assisting with the carpet drying process.

  • If it is safe to do so, turn off all the circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas and remove any small electrical devices from these areas.
  • To further minimize any damages, avoid walking on the wet carpet any more than necessary.
  • Remove any smaller furnishings from carpet, and / or place aluminum foil under legs. This helps prevent rust or furniture stains, which consequently, may become permanent.
  • Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet floors, helping to prevent watermarks.
  • Remove breakables, moisture-sensitive and high-value items, books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, and any other items that may stain floor coverings (additionally remember to check under beds and furniture).
  • Plan for restoration crews to move furniture into unaffected dry areas.
  • Make sure to practice good personal hygiene after handling affected items.
  • To avoid the chance of electrical shock, do not use a home vacuum or shop vac to remove water.
  • If sewage related, do not handle any contaminated items and do not turn on fans, heating, or air conditioning units as they may spread the contamination.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

In any event, why is it necessary to act quickly?

Comparatively, while each case is unique, most water damage which occurs typically follows a similar pattern.

To illustrate the importance of addressing the flooding emergency as quickly as possible, here is what typically occurs over time:

Less Than An Hour

  • Firstly, moving water quickly spreads to other areas.
  • Furniture may stain carpet permanently.
  • Moisture-sensitive furniture may discolor.
  • Paper goods are ruined.

1–24 Hours

  • Furniture delaminates or may swell; legs can split.
  • Pressed wood swells and begin to disintegrate.
  • Bacterial odor becomes apparent.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces can tarnish.
  • Normal household odors and smells begin to strengthen.

2–7 Days

  • Microbial growth may appear, accompanied by a “musty” odor.
  • Musical instruments swell and warp.
  • Drywall swells and disintegrates.
  • Uncoated metal surfaces start to show signs of rust.
  • Door and window casings will swell, distort or delaminate.
  • Wood decking and studs begin to swell, warp, or split.
  • Electronic components may malfunction.
  • Occupants with respiratory problems and / or compromised immune systems may experience distress.

One Week and Longer

  • Microbial growth may appear, this is also accompanied by a “musty” odor.
  • Wood components can warp and split.
  • Chemicals with in the wood dissolve, discolor, or destroy the finish.
  • Claim costs also start to escalate dramatically.
  • Serious occupant health hazards may occur.
  • We also recommend a Meth Test

Nevertheless, simply call us on 0800 783 266 for all of your flood restoration and carpet drying needs