Water Damaged Rug Cleaning & Repair
Flooding, broken pipes or excess rain can do extensive damage to carpets. Reaction time to water damaged carpeting is critical. Water removal must take place quickly to minimize the damage. Expert help is needed. Trained technicians know what to do. Powerful state-of-the-art equipment is used.
How to Minimize Damage
There are some things the carpet owner should do to minimize the problem:
• Stopping the water at its source, if possible, is the first step.
•If it can be done safely, electricity should be shut off and small electrical appliances should be removed from the area.
• Walking on the wet carpet should be avoided if possible.
• Remove light-weight furniture from the area or place aluminum foil beneath the furniture legs. The foil aids in preventing rust stains to carpet and furniture that can become permanent.
• Pin up draperies and furniture skirts so that they are not in contact with the wet floors.
•High-value, moisture-sensitive, breakable items, or items, that may stain the floor coverings, should be removed. Do not forget to check under furnishings.
•Make plans for furniture to be moved to a dry area by the restoration crew.
Safety issues include washing hands after handling items that have been damaged. Don’t use a vacuum to remove water, because of the possibility of being shocked. Heating, air conditioning, and fans should not be used. They can spread contamination.
Professionals Will. . .
Extract freestanding water from upholstery, padding and carpets. The padding and carpet may need to be removed to dry properly. Special instruments are used to locate pockets of water that may be hidden. Professional grade dehumidifying and drying equipment will be used to return the home to its normal humidity level and dry the affected area. Costs are reduced, and potential microbial growth and secondary damage are minimized with the use of proper techniques of extraction and drying. Professionals monitor the drying process on a daily basis. Drying equipment is repositioned as necessary.
Repair the Damaged Carpet
After freestanding water is removed, the repair process begins. Repairing water damage is among the most difficult task when dealing with carpets. Dirt and sewage that was in the water becomes ingrained in the carpet. Quick action is important for that reason. Bacteria can breed and be disease causing. Furniture should be removed. People should avoid walking on the carpet. These actions prevent the spread of contamination.
A technician should be hired to dehumidify and dry out water in the air. Allowing doors and windows to be opened will let fresh air in and aid the drying process. The professional will pull the carpet up to access the underlay. Likely, the layers will be replaced. They are relatively cheap. New underlay provides a good base for the treated and cleaned carpet.
To prevent mold from becoming a problem, the carpet needs to be dried completely. The typical method used is steam cleaning. Professionals have the training and tools to provide the best chance of repairing water damage. Their services are often covered under home owner insurance policies. Using professionals will get your household back to normal quickly.