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Carpeting Under Water? 4 Ways To Remove The Water And Save Your Carpet

by Warren Brown

The water heater broke and caused a flood in your home. Your carpeting is soaked and you're afraid it will need to be replaced. The good news is that you might be able to save it. The bad news is that you'll need to act fast. The longer your carpeting stays wet, the more likely it is that you'll need to replace it. Here's what you should do as soon as your carpets are flooded.

Remove the Water

As soon as you can, get the wet/dry vacuums in your home and get rid of the water. You won't be able to remove all the water, but you'll need to remove as much of it as you can. Go over the entire area with your wet/dry vacuum several times. This will allow you to remove water that has soaked into the padding.

Dry the Room

Once you've removed as much water as possible, you'll need to dry the room out. Fans will work well to dry the carpeting and the walls that might have been exposed to water. Set several industrial fans in the room and leave them on until the carpeting is completely dry. You can rent industrial fans from most tool rental services.

To test your carpeting for wetness, place paper towels on the ground in several locations and step on them. If the paper towels show signs of wetness, leave the fans on for another 24 hours and then test again. If the paper towels stay dry, you're ready to move on to the next step.

Get Rid of the Moisture

Even though your carpets are dry, moisture could still be hiding in the walls and baseboards of your home. Place a dehumidifier in the room and leave it on for several days. This will remove the moisture that could cause mold growth. You can rent the dehumidifiers when you rent your industrial fans.

Sanitize the Carpet

Now that you have everything dry and moisture-free, you'll need to sanitize your carpeting. You can do this yourself with a steam cleaner, or you can hire a professional cleaning company to come in and take care of it for you.

Depending on the severity of the flooding, you may want to have your carpets cleaned by a company that specializes in water damage restoration, such as Concord Carpet Care. They'll be able to sanitize your carpets all the way down to the padding.

If your home has been flooded, you'll need to get your carpeting cleaned quickly. These simple instructions will help you clean up the water and protect your carpeting.