What to do with Wet Carpet or Wet Rug from Water Damage?
When you get flood and water damage in your property where rug and carpet involved, We’d love to say everything will be fine, but it depends. Wet carpets from clean water like from pipe leaks can be cleaned. Carpet acts like a sponge and absorbs water, but underpad, can not be saved. The source of water is very important to determine if the flood-affected Rug or Carpet is savable. It depends on how long it was wet, and if it can it be effectively cleaned and disinfected.
IICRC and other standards for remediation recommend removal and replacement if your carpet was soaked with water that was contaminated with sewage OR if your carpet remained wet for more than 72 hours. Flood-damaged carpeting can pose serious health hazards from mold, bacteria, and other toxins. It is important to wear eye and respiratory protection as well as rubber gloves if you are around these materials or call your local professional.
Still not sure about your situation? Here are some basic questions to help you decide whether to keep or throw out your carpeting and rugs:
1) Was the source of the floodwater “clean” (like from a burst water pipe) or “contaminated” (like a backed-up toilet or water that came into your house from outside during a storm)?
- If the water that soaked your rug/carpet was clean, that you may be able to save it. Professional Cleaning is required, along with disinfecting the area.
- If you aren’t sure whether the water was contaminated, general IICRC guidelines recommend removal and replacement.
2) How long was the carpet or rug wet? What should I throw out?
- If the water damaged rug and carpet were for less than 24-48 hours and the flood water was “clean,” you can have them professionally dried/cleaned.
- However regardless of the situation, wet underpads for Rugs and Carpets are to be thrown out. All guides set for health and safety recommend the full removal of wet underpads. Professionals can target wet areas only with equipment and experience, and leave the dry underpad for cost-effective services. Along with re-installing the wet underpad cut out.
3) Can the carpet or rug be effectively cleaned and disinfected? How can I dry my carpet?
Carpet Cleaning is required after water damage has affected your carpet. Water can attract bacterial and unhealthy toxins and requires deep cleaning. Along with this process, disinfecting is required as well, to prevent mold and bacterial development.
The carpet needs to be dried before the carpet cleaning is performed, the water damaged rug and carpet will not dry on their own, and with water/moist areas the risk of bacteria and mold are high. You will require air movers and dehumidifiers to properly dry the carpet, along with extracting the moisture from the air.
Rugs also need proper care, to avoid bacterial and mold. The moisture in the rug might also cause the color of the rug to mix and change. Professionals rug cleaning needed in the plant, along with cleaning and disinfecting the rug, to restore the rug.
**5 Star cleaning provides professional 24/7 water damage restoration services by IICRC certified technicians. Our company also has a professional rug and care cleaning, repair, and carpet stretching services after ware damage services. If you have any questions or need our services, please do not hesitate to call or 24/7 emergency line at 416 315 7562 or visit 5starcleaning.ca or email email@example.com
source by: 5 Star Cleaning Team