Rug and Carpet Restoration after Water Damage

Following a storm or pipe leak, water tends to flood within the house posing serious detrimental water damage effects. Carpets and rugs tend to absorb a lot of water and thus can be ruined if not cleaned and dried immediately.
Rug and carpet restoration following water damage involves a series of steps and can be done by either an individual or by a professional. These include;

Locating the source of water

It is important to first identify the source of water and try to stop it and this will also help determine how best to handle the damaged carpet. For clean water sources, cleaning the carpet at home is not hazardous but for sewer water sources, it is important to ensure hygienic ways of handling the carpets and rugs to prevent health hazards.

Removing any stagnant water

Depending on the amount of water, this can be done by pumping it followed by the use of a wet or dry vacuum which helps in sucking away water from the carpet. This will help reduce water damage within the rugs and carpets.

Drying the rugs and carpet and floor

The damaged carpets and rugs are first separated from the wet floor before the drying process begins.
Carpet pudding is always destroyed following water damage. Therefore it is first removed and disposed before drying the carpet. The carpet, rugs and floor are then dried using either air blowers, carpet fans or dehumidifier which aid in removing water and circulating fresh air within the room.
This will prevent moulds from growing on the floor and water damaged rugs and carpets.

Sanitizing the floor and carpets

The carpet and floor are then sanitized using a steam sanitizer or chemical sanitizer. This will help prevent mould growth and kill microbial organisms.
Deodorizing of the carpets is also done at this stage to prevent bad odours from occurring following restoration.

Replacing the carpet padding

This is done after the floor and carpet are completely dried and sanitized. The desired carpet budding is then installed by fitting it onto the floor space.

Re-installing the carpet

Following carpet padding installation on the floor, the dried carpet reinstalled onto the floor by placing it on top of the carpet padding.

Factors to consider during rug and carpet restoration:

  • Time; it is important to dry the rugs, carpet and floor not more than 24 hours following water damage. This will help in preventing mould growth and more damage.
  • Type of water damage; water damage from pipe leaks does not pose detrimental health problems but that from flooding or sewer lines should be handled with care and with proper gear as it is known to contain disease-causing microorganisms.
  • Ensuring proper and complete drying of the damaged rugs and carpet; incomplete drying will result in a dampened rug and carpet which harbours mould growth and bad odours. The time taken for the rug and carpet to dry is dependent on the amount of water contained in the rug or carpet, the type of drying equipment used and the type of drying method used.
  • Contacting a professional; if the restoration process seems difficult for an individual, it is important to call for a trained professional who will effectively deal with the water damage.