If water damage has hit your home, there is a chance that you’re dealing with wet carpet or rugs. Regardless of how the damage occurred, cleaning up the water as quickly as possible is priority number one – especially if it has seeped beneath your carpeting or the carpet pad.
While you wait for a professional water restoration team to start their cleaning process, there are a few things that you can to do get the process started yourself.
Steps for Cleaning Wet Carpet
- Start by checking the overall damage. Clean water, like rainwater or tap water may actually allow you to salvage your carpeting. Water contaminated from sewage or ground seepage is not clean enough to consider keeping in your home. If your carpet’s soaked in dirty (or what is commonly known as “black” water), it’s time to replace it immediately.
- Find out where the water is coming from. Water damage can happen due to a number of different issues. Did your flooding occur because of a one-time accident like an overflowing bathtub or toilet? If this is the case, you do not need to be concerned about reoccurring water damage. However, if you notice that water continues to appear in the same spot – it’s a sign of a larger issue. Water may be coming from a broken pipe or other larger issue. If this happens, it is time to call in a plumber to repair the leak. If the problem is coming from a contaminated source, you may need a contractor before you can begin replacing your carpet.
- When you decide to replace your carpeting, begin by treating a small area. Disinfect your carpeting with a gallon of water and two tablespoons of bleach. Scrub your carpeting to clean the contaminates. Once the carpet has been disinfected, you can use a utility knife to cut through the carpet and padding, allowing you to remove both.
- Now it’s time to dry out your carpet. Use large fans and let them blow directly onto the wet carpet for at least 36 hours. It is imperative that you ensure the carpet is completely dry before allowing anyone to walk on the carpeting. The same goes for moving furniture back into the room. If the carpet is still damp when it is put back into use, it is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
When to Call in a Professional
Contact a professional restoration company like Rytech of SWLA when you run into large areas of water damage or when you are unsure of what steps to take to clean water damaged carpet.
We’ll handle all the details needed to repair any issues and help you work with your insurance company. Our dedicated water restoration team will determine the best course of action to repair and restore any areas of your home affected by the water damage.