When the unthinkable has happened to your carpet, by way of leaking water from various sources, in most cases your carpet can be salvaged! That is, if you assess the situation quickly and call in professional help. In most cases restoring water-damaged carpets is best left to the professionals to ensure it is done properly. Clean, dry carpeting ensures that the air you breathe in is of best quality!
Steps to go about salvaging your carpet from water damage
Assessing the situation
Assess the situation before calling in professional help! What is the source of water leakage? Has the leakage been stopped? Can you access the damaged carpet, or are there hazardous materials involved? These are some of the questions for which you need to find answers in this essential first step.
Determining whether to restore or replace the carpet
Identifying the category of water that had caused the damage plays a major role in determining whether to restore or replace your carpet after water damage!
- Category 1 water:-
This category of water is from a clean source such as broken pipelines, supply lines, rain or snow. If category 1 water had caused the damage, the carpet can be restored instead of being replaced.
- Category 2 water:-
Category 2 is water from sources such as toilet bowls with urine (no faeces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and dishwashers or washing machines. This water contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when exposed to it. If this “grey water” has caused the damage, it is better to replace your carpet.
- Category 3 water:-
Flood waters are category 3 and can be especially toxic! It can contain the worst kinds of contaminants, including mold spores and life-threatening bacteria! It is best to discard flood-damaged carpets.
Risks of unattended wet carpets
Leaving wet carpets unattended not only damages the carpet, but also the padding beneath and the subfloor. Furthermore, the highly toxic mold that grows on wet carpets will invade your home and taint the air supply. A professional flood restoration service can assist you to either save your carpet or save the hygienic air supply of your home by professionally discarding the carpet.
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