One of the hardest circumstances to face is water damaging carpet and other flooring coverings. This sitution is feared by homeowners and entrepreneurs. While there is no standard process for handling every flooding scenario, business and house owners should do the initial cleanup or restoration of the damaged items, including carpet and rugs.
Each flooding needs a particular way of handling its effects. Dealing with water-damaged carpet needs a special type of solution. The solution should be based mostly on the following factors: the kind of flodding that occurred and the water that affected the carpet.
In this article, I wish to discuss the best way to deal with carpet that is damaged by sanitary flooding.
When sanitary flooding influences your carpet at home, the carpet must be treated with a disinfectant after extracting excess water. Many homeowners believe that carpet should be replaced after flooding, but this is not usually the case in sanitary flooding.
There are just a few steps to take when restoring carpet in sanitary flooding. Here is your guide.
1. Traffic on the concerned carpet should be kept to the minimum level until the carpet is thoroughly dry. Note that the latex that put together the primary and secondary backings together is weakened when the carpet is wet. If there is unnecessary traffic, this can result in delamination. Drying should be done to reinforce the latex.
2. The key source of water should be cut off right after the initial damage has occurred. It is also vital to punch little holes in the drywall to allow standing water which has remained in the walls to be released. It is very impractical to start the cleanup and restoration efforts if the water source isn’t cut off.
3. Remove any furniture that could stain or damage the carpet.
4. Call in a restoration professional who can make an assessment of the extent of the damage on the carpet and work on restoring the damaged carpet and other items.
5. Water extraction should start immediately and the carpet should be fully dry inside twelve hours after the damage. Failing to do that will lead on to the development of several kinds of bacteria and fungi that might pose health risks. To get round this condition, disinfectant should be used on the carpet to kill these damaging organisms.
6. To speed up the drying process, the carpet should be removed from the tack strip and the padding should be discarded. Raise the carpet and dry it using fans. You need to use dehumidifiers if there's extreme humidity.
Author: Kiel MyersThis author has published 3 articles so far.