No one wants to walk into their home and step on a soggy carpet, but unfortunately, water damage in our Cincinnati homes is all too common. Dealing with water damage cleanup is overwhelming on its own. But then worrying about replacing a carpet that has sustained water damage on top of it makes it even more stressful. At ICON Property Rescue, we have years of experience cleaning up water damage in Cincinnati. We’ve learned a thing or two about how to handle water-damaged carpets.
First things first, you need to remove the water from the carpets. Carpet fibers are extremely porous so they absorb water almost immediately after coming into contact with it. Once they have become fully sodden with water, they will start to deteriorate and can even foster mold growth. The longer the water is present, the worse the damage will be. If you want any chance of salvaging your carpets, you need to remove the water as soon as possible. We recommend using a wet/dry vacuum to suck up as much water and moisture as possible.
Remove furniture pieces and belongings from off of the carpet. Rugs, sofas, end tables, beds, and dressers (just to name a few) need to be removed from the damaged area not only to be cleaned and salvaged themselves but to allow the carpets to be taken care of and pulled up to dry if necessary. Moving everything out of the room will ensure the best results for your carpets. So even though it may seem like a hassle, it could make all the difference between cleaning and saving or removing and replacing your carpets.
Once you have removed as much of the water as possible, and all furniture or belongings have been removed, you need to begin to dry out the carpet and carpet padding. Moisture left trapped in carpet fibers or underneath in the padding can lead to mold. It can also cause rot and mildew. Porous materials that are not fully dried out will begin to smell and can even degrade the air quality in your home because of the microbial growth that they can facilitate. Depending on how severe the water damage is, the carpet may need to be pulled up. This must be done in order to ensure everything is dried out both top and bottom. Commercial-grade air movers should be used to create good airflow through the area. Dehumidifiers should also be utilized. They help remove excess moisture and ensure thorough drying of the carpet and padding is achieved.
Last, but definitely not least, those carpets need to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Water damage can bring pollutants, debris, chemicals, and other harmful contaminants into your home. There they can become embedded in your carpet fibers. Be sure to use safe but also efficient cleaning agents. It’s important to clean your carpets without causing any further damage to them. Depending on the source of the water and the water contamination level, this step may only be achieved by removing carpets.
When all else fails, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can always consult a professional water damage cleanup company. They’ll help guide you in the right direction. In fact, if you want to ensure the best possible outcome for not only your carpets but your entire home, call ICON Property Rescue when you need a water damage cleanup crew.