Water damaged carpet can be amongst the most frustrating experiences for homeowners and businesses alike. If you have a leaking roof, burst pipes, overflowing drains or backed up sewerage pipes, the devastation to your carpets can be costly.
Any form of water intrusion into your home or business will likely cause more considerable headaches if you do not manage the extraction and drying process correctly. So what are the steps to take to remove the water and restore the carpets?
Clean, Grey and Black Water Damage
The process to deal with flooding events depends on the type of water that has impacted your property. If the water is considered clean water and does not pose health risks then quick extraction, drying and cleaning will be relatively easy for your carpet cleaning professional.
If the water is from a faulty dishwasher or washing machine, this grey water is not entirely clean, may contain some chemicals and could pose some risk to the colour of your flooring and the longevity of the carpets.
The most devastating type of flooding results from ‘black water’; this is highly contaminated water such as sewage, and in the majority of cases, you will need to replace your carpets entirely.
To expertly restore and preserve expensive flooring and upholstered furniture that has been exposed to water damage, the damage must be attended to immediately. Mould will commence its attack on a wet carpet within 24 – 48 hours – or even less for hot, humid climates like Queensland.
Mould can cause serious respiratory problems, so it is important to ensure mould does not have the opportunity to take hold.
Preventing mould growth following water damage to your carpet and upholstery:
- For small areas of water damage, removing excess water as soon as possible reduces the possibility of mould growing in your carpet.
- Remove any furniture that is on the wet carpet, and remove any floor rugs and runners as these may leach colour onto the area, creating more headaches.
- Firstly use some old towels to soak up as much water as possible, using your hands to press them down to absorb the moisture. Continue this process with as many clean, dry towels as you can.
- Open the windows to ventilate the room if there is a cool breeze that may assist in the drying.
- You can also put on any fans that you may have available to keep the air moving around.
- Alternatively, if it is a sweltering humid day, close up the windows and put the air conditioning on to keep the temperature cool.
- Mould loves hot, humid conditions, so you need to manage the temperature as best you can.
- Site Assessment
Depending on the exact type of water that has impacted the premises and the extent of the overall flooding, you may be wise to organise a site assessment by a reputable operator.
The assessment will determine the precise course of action you should take to restore the carpet and furniture to their original condition. This service will help you identify whether water extraction and carpet restoration are worthwhile or if you should consider claiming the resultant damage as a loss.
- Water Extraction
Following the assessment, if water extraction is required, this process should be performed immediately to prevent further damage and the build-up of mould. It may be necessary to remove the underlay and to expose the floor’s sub-structure to allow this area to dry out completely. This step will ensure any additional water damage is clearly visible, so you can take appropriate measures to repair the affected area.
- Drying and Dehumidifying
Drying out the carpets and underlays requires specialised commercial equipment in the form of drying fans and dehumidifying apparatus. It is essential that the carpets are completely dry and no moisture is trapped either in the carpet fibres or underlays, and that the sub-floor structures are also dry.
- Anti-Microbial Application
Any trapped moisture permits microbes such as mould and bacteria to thrive in underlays and carpet fibres. By applying an anti-microbial solution, you will ensure these nasties are prevented from developing. Providing complete peace of mind, particularly for those with young families.
Carpet Restoration after Water Damage
Complete restoration of a saturated carpet can take a few days. Our Elite Carpet Dry Cleaning technician will be able to confirm the process that best suits your circumstances at the time of your site assessment.