After a night of thunder, lightning and driving rains, you wake up early in the morning to the sun shining brightly through the window—and a puddle of water in your living room. The rainstorm last night has somehow caused water to seep into your home and soak into your living room carpets. If you’re experiencing flooding in your home from environmental circumstances or something within your home (like a broken pipe), the key to saving your carpets from permanent water damage is to act quickly. Here’s what you need to do.
Fix the problem
If the flooding in your home is coming from a plumbing issue, like a busted water pipe or a leak, the very first thing you should do is shut off your water to avoid any additional flooding. Call an emergency plumbing service to come fix the problem before you attempt any cleanup. If it’s something environmental, such as a leaky roof, attempt to stop the flow of water until a permanent solution can be found.
Remove the clutter
Once the source of the flooding has been dealt with, you’ll want to remove any clutter from the wet carpets. Water can seep under things without your even realizing it, so it’s important to remove all items from the room. Shelving, area rugs, tables and other furniture should be moved to a dry place until the carpets can be dealt with.
Clean and disinfect your carpets
Deep clean your carpets as quickly as possible after the flooding has occurred. Cleaning the carpets immediately can help prevent staining and save the padding underneath your carpet. It’s important that the carpet is not only cleaned, but also disinfected to remove any bacteria. If the carpets are not cleaned correctly, the result could be permanent damage to your carpets and, more seriously, health hazards for your family. If you do not have the equipment and cleaning products to properly clean and disinfect your carpets, call a professional carpet cleaning service in Washington, MO.
Thoroughly dry your carpets
Once the carpets have been cleaned and disinfected, the next step is to dry them thoroughly. Industrial grade fans can be used for preliminary drying. Once the carpets feel dry to the touch, you can use dehumidifiers to remove any additional dampness. If the carpets are not completely dried, mold can develop in the padding underneath your carpet, which is nearly impossible to get rid of and may require that you replace your carpets altogether. A professional carpet cleaning service in Washington, MO will have all the equipment needed to dry your carpets thoroughly and efficiently. They will also be able to ensure that your carpet is dry all the way through, right down to the padding beneath.
Even serious flooding doesn’t mean your carpets can’t be saved. With some quick thinking and a little professional help, you can protect your carpets from permanent water damage after a flood. Contact Premier Carpet Care & Water Damage Restoration to learn more about how we can help.
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