There’s nothing more frustrating than finding out that your carpets have all of a sudden become soaked with water. Whether it happened while you were away at work or in the middle of the night, wet carpet is a problem that needs to be dealt with immediately.
Your first need to decide if your carpet is salvageable or not. If you have decided that it’s worth trying to save, you need to start the drying process immediately so that mold doesn’t start to set in.
You can either decide to call in professionals to get the job done quickly, or you can follow our steps below to make sure you do the job correctly.
1. Determine the Source or Cause
If the flood in your home was not caused by rain or a heavy storm, the first step you need to take is finding out what the cause is. Check areas where a pipe could have burst, such as basements, crawlspaces, underneath sinks, and where your water heater is located. If you do find a leak, turn off your water and have the pipe repaired before turning it on again.
2. Remove All Furniture From Effected Areas
In order to dry the carpets properly, you need to remove the furniture from all of the rooms that need to be dried. Moving the furniture out of the room will also ensure that no further damage is done to the furniture itself.
3. Begin To Remove Water From Carpet
Cover the entire area that is wet with towels and blankets to absorb as much water as possible. However, if the amount of water is severe, you will either need to call a professional or rent a heavy duty wet/dry vacuum cleaner. Remove as much water as you can with the vacuum. This may take several tries.
We use the Hydro-X Xtreme Xtractor, which is a ride-on tool that allows us to extract the most water out of the pad and carpet. This tool lets us avoid pulling up the carpet and pad as we dry it in its place.
4. Keep The Air Moving
Once you’ve soaked up as much water as possible, place fans throughout the effected areas to continue the drying process. Regular household fans may not be enough to get the job done. The best thing you can do is rent one or more high-power commercial fans. Leave these fans running for 24 hours a day for as long as a week.
5. Place Dehumidifiers Around the Area
You will also want to place a dehumidifier in the rooms that you are drying. The dehumidifier will remove excess moisture in the air and reduce the chances of mold growth.
6. Clean Your Carpets
Never use a steam cleaner as it adds too much moisture to a post flooded environment. Call All-Star Chem-Dry to deodorize and sanitize your carpets.
7. Clean Your Walls and Baseboards
It is important to sanitize anything that may have come in contact with the water. You don’t know what was in the water so you will want to take caution. Use a mold killing product to properly clean all areas.
Too Much For You to Handle
If you find that you were unsuccessful in drying your carpets on your own within 3 days or less, call The Flood Medix before you decide that you cannot salvage them. We will assess the situation and do everything we can.