If you live in an area receiving a lot of rainfall and floods, there’s a lot of possibilities your home could be a victim of the flooded house carpet water damage. Since 1987, Steam ‘n’ Dry Flood Auckland Services have had the necessary carpet water damage and flood restoration experiences. Some individuals spend thousands of dollars annually replacing their water damaged carpets. Indeed, unknown to them is that they can quickly restore the water-damaged carpets by themselves or have them professionally cleaned by experts.
Here are instructions and guidelines on cleaning water damaged carpet.
Initially, you need to trace the source of the water. This, in turn, will determine if you can save your rug. There are two kinds of water, namely sanitary and unsanitary. Sanitary water damage originates from rain and piped water, whereas unsanitary water originates from overflowing toilets and other sources that could be contaminated. Carpets that have been damaged with groundwater or raw sewage need to be uplifted and discarded. Therefore, using experts such as Steam ‘n’ Dry Flood Auckland Services is a good idea.
When you traced where the water is coming from, you need to block it to deter more damages to your carpet. If you encounter some challenges, you need to seek the services of a plumber precisely so that they can permanently block the water source.
With the use of a utility knife, cut around the drenched areas and raise the carpet. Steam ‘n’ Dry Flood Auckland Services recommend removing the underlay to ensure that the carpet is lifted. If there are tables and chairs within the room, you have to move them to a different room to provide some working space.
Run the fan at the optimum speed for at least a minimum of three days following the carpet being soaked. If the floodwater has got to the walls, allow five days minimum drying to prevent black mould growth and keep electric wires from the wet areas while drying the carpet. For added peace of mind, Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry Limited also recommends moisture testing.
Attempt as much as possible to minimise foot traffic in the area to ensure that the carpet dries well. Minimising foot traffic guarantees optimum airflow to the wet areas, therefore, preventing it from weakening.
If the carpet, underlay, and behind skirting boards have not dried after three days, you should call a professional carpet cleaner to do the work, such as Steam ‘n’ Dry Flood Auckland Services. This is to avoid moulding and allergens from infesting your carpet or walls.
By Graeme Stephens
Published: 29/04/2019 Updated: 26/08/2021