There are tons of possibilities how your carpet flooring can be damaged. Either done by nature or plainly out of luck, your water-soaked flooring may have to be cleaned immediately, repaired, or even replaced as the last resort.
Lessen The Damage
Once carpet flooring is soaked in water, its best to eliminate as much water as you can, as fast as possible. Make air circulate inside your house and open the door and the windows to exchange moist indoor air for drier air if humidity outside is low. Utilize fans directing on the floor area to maintain that dry air circulating, and focus the fans on those areas where water may have soaked into the subfloor. Additional option to dry the floors faster is to try cranking up the furnace or radiant floor heating.
The wet/dry vacuum may not have all the ability to extract liquid concealed deep within the carpet and padding depending on how soaked your floor is. If that’s the situation, seeking the professional help is what you’ll need: to remove large amounts of water quickly in order to facilitate rapid drying, opting to rent a carpet cleaner, or hire a floor-care company. It would be a better option to have it professionally cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized to extend the life of your carpet.
As long as it is dried out quickly, carpet made from synthetic materials can stand a thorough soaking. For other materials, rot can be a serious problem like for a wool carpeting. There are signs that the water-damaged carpet may be fostering existence of mold or mildew so take a closer look at the carpet for any discoloration and odor. Occasionally, with new material that integrates well with the rest of the floor, a small section of damaged carpet can be replaced. In most cases though, there is a need to remove and replace the whole carpet flooring to completely eliminate the damage especially caused by nature.
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