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Carpet Care Tips: Flood Damage

By EugeneYeng Subscribe to RSS | January 28th 2012 | Views:

We have seen it time and again – damaged carpeting due to flooding. Regardless of whether you had a water pipe break in your home or experienced some weather-related flooding, the water damage that you endure can frustrate you and put quite a dent in your pocket. However, there are a few things that you can do early in the process to help save your carpeting and limit the damage that has been done by standing water. Many homeowners make the mistake in assuming that carpeting that has been flooding is a “lost cause” and should be immediately replaced. This is the truth if you don’t act quickly. Take the following steps when your carpeting has been flooded, and you’ll drastically increase your chances of saving your carpeting, and ultimately quite a bit of money.

Initial Steps

So, you came home from work only to find that a pipe beneath the sink in your hall bathroom has given way? Once you have finished cursing under your breath, immediately move toward opening as many blinds or curtains as possible. Nothing evaporates water like sunlight, so you’ll want to expose as much of the damaged area to as many hours of sunlight as possible.

Once you have “flooded” your house with sunlight, it’s time to consider the removal of the carpeting itself. If this is possible, and you’ll definitely need help as it will be heavy given the water retention, do your best to remove the carpeting from the room and bring it outside. Lay it flat in your driveway, or anywhere that is level and directly in the sun.

Carpet Cleaning To the Rescue

Carpet cleaning services can be very important when trying to save your carpeting from extensive water damage. The fibers that make up your carpet do not last long under these conditions, and once mildew and rotting begins to set in, not only will it need to be replaced, but you’ll spend weeks getting rid of the smell. The tools that carpet cleaners use are perfect for sucking standing water out of a carpeted room. The wet/dry vacuums that many utilise can be a life-saver in this situation. Reputable carpet cleaners will assist in the removal of the moisture from the carpeting, and if you act quickly, even the padding. The fees associated with such a service do not come close to the costs of replacing the carpets, that’s for sure!

If the carpeting has already been removed from the house, have them extract the water while on the cement of your driveway. If it hasn’t been, be sure that they are drying your carpets properly. Some carpet cleaners Brisbane may dry your carpet but fail to get the moisture from the padding. This will ultimately ruin your carpeting, and render any efforts you have made up to this point useless.

Restoration Carpet Cleaning Services

Some carpet cleaning Sydney services have specialized equipment and treatments that can help you to restore your carpets after flooding. If you have dried them out properly, all that is left to do is treat them to bring them back to life. Handle this selection process much as would if you were choosing just a carpet cleaner, as expertise will vary and experience isn’t equal across the board.

Water damage is a huge concern when trying to keep your carpeting looking new and lush. Follow the steps outlined above when you first learn of the situation and call a local carpet cleaning Brisbane service immediately. Don’t choose just anyone, however. Take a few moments to find the right skill set for your particular problem. If you handle everything properly, you won’t be shopping for new carpet in the days that follow.

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