How to Dry Out Your Water Logged Carpet
Water damage is always difficult to clean up, but it is especially hard to do on carpeting. If you want to save the carpet, you need to act fast before mold begins to grow, which typically happens in just a couple of days. Here are some things to consider before you begin work on your wet carpet.
Know the Water Source
Water is classified as clean, gray, or black. Clean water is from a plumbing supply line or overflowing sink or tub. The water is clean before it soaks the carpet, so it is safe to try and clean yourself as long as you can get started within a couple of days of the incident.
Gray water is used water that is not considered sanitary such as from an aquarium that spilled on the floor. Since gray water is unsanitary to begin with, it can become toxic quickly. Black water is from a contaminated source such as a broken sewer line, overflowed toilet, or flood water. You shouldn't attempt to dry out your carpet if it is soaked with black water. Instead, call a professional to tear out the carpet and sanitize the room.
Check if You Can Get Power to Your Equipment
Drying out carpet requires a wet vac and fans at the very least. You'll need a source of power to operate these appliances. If you home was in a flood, you want to have the house checked by an electrician before you enter it and begin using the power source. This could cause a delay in your cleaning plans if the power is out. Also, you may need clearance from local authorities before you can enter your home after a flood. If these delays cause your carpet to be soaked for more than a couple of days, you should probably call a professional for help because of the risk of mold growth.
Make Sure the Carpet Is Dry Underneath
If your carpet is soaked, there's a good chance the carpet pad and maybe even the floor below that is soaked too. You need to dry the carpet from the bottom up. You may need to pull up the carpet and dry it outdoors so you can dry out the floor underneath. Wet carpet pad will need to be replaced with a new pad. The floor may need to be replaced too, especially if it is made of particle board that swells when it gets wet.
If your carpet is glued to the floor and there is no pad, then you may be able to dry out the carpet without lifting and moving it. Just keep making passes with a wet vac until the water is extracted. Then leave fans running in the room to circulate air and dry out the carpet.
When your carpet is flooded, there's a good chance your home has other water damage too. It may not be worth the effort to clean a heavy wet carpet yourself if you're going to call in professionals to work on the rest of your home. Let the contractor dry out your carpet with commercial extractors or throw your carpet out if you don't want to save it. Before you start throwing things out though, talk to your insurance agent. You want to know what costs will be covered under your flood policy.
To learn more about the process, contact services like Fire & Flood Services Inc.