About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
If your home was recently flooded, you may still be waiting on your carpets to fully dry out. Wet carpets are a big problem because they hold onto moisture for a long time. This adds humidity to your home that can cause mold to grow on your ceiling and walls. Therefore, you want to dry out your floors as quickly as possible. Here are some things to decide when dealing with a flooded carpet.
Save or Throw Out
First, you need to decide whether the carpet is even worth saving. If not, you want to pull it out right away so it doesn't keep humidity levels high in your house. Deciding on whether to keep your carpet depends on the type of water it has soaked up. Water from a flood in your yard due to rain or a rising river is likely to be contaminated. Plus, the carpet will probably be littered with sand and other tiny debris. In that case, the carpet is not worth trying to save. The same is true if the carpet was flooded with a sewer or toilet overflow. If the water was from a clean source, such as an overflowing bathtub or broken water pipe, then you may be able to save the carpet if you dry it out quickly.
Another factor is the age of the carpet. Newer carpets are made to resist water damage and mold growth. Older carpeting or carpets made from natural fibers are more easily damaged by water and may need to be pulled up and thrown away. Just keep in mind, if the carpet is contaminated or showing signs of mold growth, it may be best to leave the cleanup to a contractor who knows how to get rid of the carpeting without contaminating the rest of your house.
Dry in Place or Pull Up
The next decision is whether to dry your carpet in place or pull it up and dry it outside in the sun. If the carpet is on top of the subfloor or concrete, then you may want to try drying it in place. However, if the carpet is on top of wood flooring, it may be best to pull out the carpet so the wood can completely dry out much quicker. Otherwise, the wood floor may be ruined.
Another factor to consider is the carpet pad. It holds a lot of water and takes much longer to dry out than the actual carpet. With carpeting on top of the pad, it's hard for it to dry out, and without air circulation, mold will grow quickly. Therefore, the best option may be to pull up the carpet and the padding. This will allow the floor to dry thoroughly. Let the padding dry outside in the sun. You can air-dry the carpet outdoors too or place it back on the floor. With the padding gone, the carpet will be easier to dry out with a wet vac and fans.
DIY or Contractor
The most important thing about drying out your carpet is to do it quickly. If you decide to do it yourself, you'll need heavy-duty equipment. A wet vac is needed to pull as much water out of the carpet and floor as possible. You'll need to make several passes until you can no longer extract water. The carpet will still be damp, so you'll need to increase air circulation by placing several large fans in the room that point to the floor. Until the carpet is dry, the humidity in the room will be high, so you'll need to rent some dehumidifiers too. When you compare the cost of renting all the equipment and all of the hard labor you'll need to do with the cost of hiring a contractor, you may decide it is better to let a pro handle the job. Plus, a professional has the experience and skill needed to make sure there is no water left lingering behind walls or under flooring that will lead to problems with mold later on. And unless you have a lot of help, it is difficult to work with wet carpeting on your own. Carpeting is heavy when it is dry, and when it and the padding are wet, it is extremely difficult to move it around unless you have a crew to help.
Talk to a company like Complete Restoration Services for professional help.Share
9 November 2016