Water Damage Restoration Tips When Dealing With Carpets

Just Suffered a Flood in Your Home?  

If you were unfortunate enough to have suffered a flood in your home, and you are now faced with carpets that are sodden, then the following water damage restoration post is a must-read.

There are many ways of cleaning a water damaged carpet, and the process used will depend on a few factors, such as the type and the extent of the water damage. Restoration should always begin as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. First, you have to remove as much of the excess water as you can, then clean the carpet thoroughly with a disinfectant solution, however, remember to first spot test it to make sure it does not fade the color. Lastly, remove the carpet from its tack strips and position fans beneath to help dry it out. This method will often work for smaller areas, however, with more severe cases, the carpet may have to be replaced entirely.

One of the most important factors as to whether a water damaged carpet can be restored will be the type of water. Water sources like leaky pipes are considered sanitary, as they do not likely to contain bacteria, so if flooding has due to a sanitary source, water-damaged carpets can often be restored. Other water sources such as dishwasher or toilet overflows are considered unsanitary, which means the potential for health hazards is too great and the carpet has to be replaced. Carpet damaged by black water, that comes from a sewage backup or flood, must be replaced because of the likelihood of contamination.

For smaller areas, the source of water leakage must be addressed first, and any excess water removed. Then a disinfectant solution, like bleach and water, must be used to prevent mold growth or other contamination. Next, the carpet is removed and dried using a fan, also baseboards can be removed and holes drilled into the drywall to help with ventilation. Running a dehumidifier will also help to dry water-damaged carpets faster.

So, if you want to know about our water damage restoration services, and live in Ocala, FL, please call All American Restoration Specialist at (352) 306-5495 today.

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