How To Restore A Water-Damaged Carpet

water damage restoration madisonCarpet floors make your Madison home feel comfortable and cozy and can even make a room more attractive. With that being said, carpets are very susceptible to damage from water. Water damage is one of the worst ways to ruin carpets, and it happens all too frequently in homes. If left unattended, water damage to carpets is not only challenging to restore but also harmful to your health and the overall health of your home. 

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To reduce the harm done to your carpet and to bring them back to its former splendor, it is crucial that you begin water damage restoration as soon as you can. The following recommendations for dealing with water damage to your carpet will help ensure the restoration process is successful and completed as soon as possible, with the least amount of damage to your carpets.

Stop The Source Of The Water

If you do not stop the cause, whatever water damage restoration efforts for your carpet that you make will be a waste of time and money. If the water damage was brought on by a water spill, the source has already been stopped. But, if the damage is because of a leak or something overflowing, you will need to stop the source of the water. This may entail fixing a plumbing issue, resolving structural problems, or better safeguarding your home from excess rain, but whatever the source may be, you need to find it and get it resolved before treating the carpet. If you are unsure what the source of the water is, be sure to call in a professional water damage restoration company to help you.

Remove The Water

You need to remove as much of the water as possible before the carpet and carpet padding can begin to dry. Water damage restoration for carpets that have not been cleared from excess water becomes exceedingly challenging to resolve. Be aware that different carpets have varied water absorption capacities, but any extra water regardless of the type of carpet you have will need to be removed before it can be thoroughly dried out. The best tools for removing water from carpets are absorbent towels, wet/dry vacuums, and water pumps for standing water more than a few inches above the level of the carpet. Industrial-grade vacuums and water extractors are preferred when performing water damage restoration because they are more efficient and can cover a larger area in a shorter amount of time while still removing maximum amounts of water. 

Allow Ample Time For Thorough Drying

Not only will the carpet itself need to be dried out completely, but you need to ensure that the carpet pad underneath is also completely dried. This may require pulling up the carpet and bringing in commercial-grade air movers to create adequate airflow through the area. Dehumidifiers should also be used to remove the excess moisture from the air as water is evaporated during the drying process. Do not rush the drying process, let it take its time so that the entire carpet and padding have no moisture left trapped in its fibers. 

Clean And Sanitize

Harmful fungi and bacteria can develop and grow in wet, sodden carpets that are not only harmful to respiratory health but also leave behind odors that are difficult to get rid of. Microbial growth can be prevented by cleaning and sanitizing carpet that has suffered water damage with cleaning agents that can safely remove bacteria and prevent mold or mildew from growing. 

Be sure to select a cleaner that is safe for your type of carpet and will not cause discoloration or any further damage, but is also effective at eliminating health threats. For efficient and professional cleaning, don’t hesitate to call White Knight today!