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How To Deal With Carpet Water Damage

How To Deal With Carpet Water Damage

From flooding due to a natural disaster to flooding caused by a burst pipe, there are all sorts of reasons why your carpet can end up water-logged. The challenge for homeowners is to work out how best to sort the problem out.

Whilst in some cases the carpet can be restored using DIY drying techniques, in other cases, professional assistance will be required. Even then, there are circumstances where the carpet will need to be disposed of.

Here, we take a look at when to use DIY methods and when a professional is needed, as well as consider the various grades of water that may flood onto your carpet, and how each one should be dealt with. For further information or to get a quote for our water damage restoration services, please give us a call on 0419 266 161.

 

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Suitable for smaller areas of water damage, or carpet that's only slightly damp

A spilled glass of water, for example, or leaving a wet umbrella to drain onto the hall carpet, are typical examples of where homeowners may end up with a small patch of wet carpet. In these circumstances, the following method will usually leave minimum damage HOWEVER, we do always recommend you leave it to the professionals to minimise damage.

  1. Apply a towel or rags to the carpet and press it thoroughly onto the wet area.
  2. If possible, place a weight on top of the rags to enable as much water as possible to be absorbed..
  3. Finish drying the carpet by using a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, if you have one. If you don't, a hairdryer or dehumidifier will also increase the speed of drying. (Remember not to hold a hairdryer too close to the carpet fibres, or it may cause them to melt (depending on what the carpet's made of)).

 

Carpets that are saturated with water and/or cover a large area

If you've been the unfortunate victim of a major flood, you're likely going to need professional assistance. Professional carpet cleaners use high-grade suction equipment, along with powerful fans and dehumidifiers, to shift large volumes of water in a relatively small space of time.

Once the carpet has been dried, it may also need cleaning to remove any detritus that the water has carried with it. Mould is a real risk if any moisture remains in the carpet, so a thorough drying process is essential. Leaving the carpet even slightly damp can result in it attracting mould and bacteria.

 

Different grades of water and their implication for carpet flood damage restoration work

Leaks that have occurred due to a burst pipe are usually the best type of leak to get! That's because water from the pipe network is normally pure and clean.

Once dried, a carpet should be restored to pristine condition following a burst pipe leak. If the leak occurs from a washing machine, sink, bath, or shower, the water will be what's termed "grey water". This means it's likely to contain some bacteria. Carpets soaked with greywater will require a deep clean after they've been dried.

Water from outdoors due to flooding, or water from a burst sewage pipe, is referred to as "black water". This type of water is highly hazardous to your health. Professionals will use hazmat suits and respirators to dry the carpet so that it can be removed. Even with cleaning, the risks posed by flooding of this nature are too great to keep the affected carpet.

 

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