How to Handle a Flooded Carpeted Floor

Flooded Carpeted Floor

Wet carpets are not fun. Whether a leaky pipe, Mother Nature, or your kids caused the flood, wet carpets can really put a damper on things. Not only are they extremely inconvenient, they may also pose potential threats to your family if they are not taken care of properly. Here are the steps you need to follow if your carpet gets flooded.

Evaluate the Situation

Determine the source of the water and evaluate whether or not it is worth the time and effort to salvage your carpet. If the flood was caused by sewage or muddy waters, it is best to remove the carpet and have new flooring installed. If you choose to leave the existing carpet and have it cleaned, your carpet may have bacteria left behind. However, if the water source is relatively clean, you should be able to salvage your carpet.

Call a Professional

The best course of action is to call in a professional. They will be able to quickly and accurately restore your carpets so you do not have to worry about any lingering effects. However, you will want to verify that the company guarantees their work, just in case. Depending on the cause of the flood, the cost of this may even be covered by your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Unfortunately, sometimes a professional service is not always an option. So what can you do?

Act Quickly

When it comes to wet carpet, time is of the essence. Mildew forms quickly and can make the damage irreversible. The first thing that you need to do is pull out your wet-dry vac. It is important that you only use a vacuum that was manufactured for wet pickups. Traditional household vacuums can be dangerous if you use them with water.

Get to Vacuuming

Now it is time to begin vacuuming. Be prepared to vacuum for a substantial amount of time. You will want to continue to vacuum until no water remains and the carpet is dry. As you are working, be sure to keep an eye on the fill line of the vacuum canister so you can empty it as needed.

Check the Pad

Once you have removed all water from the surface of the carpet, it is important to check your carpet pad. A quick test is to walk on the carpet; if you hear a splash sound, then you have a wet pad. A telltale sign may also be water seeping out of the edges as you walk. If your pad is wet, you need to dry it quickly. To do this, you need to pull back the edge of the carpet and put a fan under it. For the fastest results, commercial-grade fans are available to rent. If the outside is dry, open up the windows as well.

Check the Subfloor

At this point, you have a dry carpet and a dry pad, but what about the floor underneath them? The good news is that because subfloors are hard, they are easy to dry. The bad news is that you usually have to remove the carpet and pad to dry it completely. While it may seem like a lot of work, it is worth it to have a dry carpet that is not emitting harmful toxins into the air.

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