Water damaged carpet from flooding or leaks in a home is not uncommon. If you’ve owned a home for several years, you’ve undoubtedly experienced it. You almost certainly will again in the future. When it happens, you’ll need to know when to clean and restore the damaged carpet, how to restore it, and when to replace it. When the time comes, you could benefit from the 5 repair steps you’ll find below.
Wet carpet brings in moulds, mildew, fungi and other bacteria that are harmful to humans. Immediate cleaning and restoration are utmost important. This will prevent the possible occurrence of diseases.
Prior to carrying out restoration work; assess if the water damaged carpet has been soaked – with either clean or dirty water.
When soaked with clean or sanitary water; extract the water immediately from the water damaged carpets. Dry within 12 hours. The wet carpet will benefit a disinfectant treatment to help prevent moulds, mildew and other bacteria formation.
Wet carpet needs to be elevated and aired in an area with plenty of ventilation. To speed up the drying process, use fans and heaters.
If the carpet has been soaked with dirty or unsanitary water; such as from a flood, water coming from toilets, dishwashers and / or other unclean sources. Damaged carpets should be discarded for health reasons.
If you prefer not to discard the soiled carpets, since it has a sentimental or monetary value to you; you may restore the damaged carpets. However, you should put on protective gears such as gloves and boots before cleaning it.
Wet carpet should firstly, be treated with disinfectants. This will fend off bacteria before extracting the water. The padding underneath the damaged carpets will require removal and disposal too. The padding is best to be replaced with a new one. It is less expensive to replace the padding, than have it restored.
Following the extraction on a wet carpet; place in an area with adequate ventilation. Allow drying. The drying time is determined by – both the size of the carpets and the nature of the damage.
The location where the damaged carpets are, or the sub-flooring; requires thorough cleaning. As well as being treated with disinfectant; dry thoroughly. This will prevent both mildew and other bacteria from forming.