Water damage to carpets from flooding or leaking in a home is not uncommon. If you’ve owned a home for several years, you may have experienced it. It is almost certain that it will do so again in the future. When it occurs, you will need to water damaged services, how to restore them, and when to replace them. When the time comes, you could benefit from the repair steps below.
Step 1 – Assess the damage
Carpet that has been saturated with clean, sanitary water, such as rainwater can be reclaimed, depending on the type of carpet and how long it was wet. Water from contaminated bathrooms or other sources will ruin your carpet forever. Water-saturated carpet that is considered black, such as groundwater or sewage, is not recoverable and should be replaced immediately.
Step 2 – Determine the water source
For water that came from a single occasion, such as an overflowing bathtub or toilet, you generally won’t have to worry about a continuous flow of water over your carpet. You do not need to take any action to stop the flow. However, if the water that soaked your carpet continues to flow, you will need to stop it before deciding what to do with your carpet. If the water flow is coming from a broken pipe, you may need to call a plumber. If your water comes from sewage or groundwater, you may need the help of a contractor before you start cleaning or replacing your carpet.
Step 3: Treat a small area of Carpet
If you have decided to repair or replace your damaged carpet and have determined that the wet carpet needs to be disinfected, prepare a solution consisting of 1 gallon of clean water with 2 tablespoons of liquid bleach. If you have furniture on the carpet, remove it so the floor area is open. Use the solution to scrub the contaminated carpet. Use a box cutter or knife to cut the carpet and padding around the contaminated area. Lift the carpet and remove the padding.
Step 4 – Dry the dirty Carpet
Place large fans in the soiled carpet area, aimed so that they blow air directly onto the soiled carpet. Let fans blow for 36 hours or until the carpet is dry. If you have a dehumidifier, turn it on. Keep foot traffic away from the wet carpet while it dries. Mould will typically begin to develop after this period.
To Remove Odour and Mould
For several reasons, water can enter your home and soak your floors and carpets. Enter mould – microscopic organisms that send spores floating in the air. Always with moisture and food; that is, any organic matter such as wood, fabric, carpets, and other home furnishings, the mould quickly grows and spreads. The mould is destructive and bad for your health that proper treatment of water damaged carpet within the first 24 is optimal for successful mould prevention.
Step by Step Instruction
• Remove any mud or dirt from your carpet. Spray down with a hose while working to make trash pickup easier. Take any furniture, such as tables, chairs, and sofas, out of the room as well.
• Suck up the water using a dewatering machine or wet/dry vacuum. Remove as much water as possible with the mat in place and throw away the water, as it can be infected with mould.
• Pull up the carpet after removing debris and most of the water. Roll up and remove from the house, then pull up and remove the padded rug underneath. Discard the soaked pad as it tends to disintegrate in moisture. Save the carpet, to be cleaned and dried before replacement, as it can be cleaned within 48 hours.
• Mix a solution of 1/4 to 1/2 cup bleach with a gallon of water and spray on the subfloor where flooding was present, as well as any trim on the edge of the hardwood floor. Use this solution to kill mould and mould spores or disinfect when dirty, polluted waters invade your home.
• Sponge, mop or suck up any water residue left for disinfection or carpet removal. Avoid washing, instead of allowing bleach residue to dry in place. Run a dehumidifier and fans to quickly dry the subfloor and woodwork, to prevent mould from growing or regrowing.
• Clean any plan carpets to reinstall using a cleaner. Reinstall, then vacuum. Clean with a steam cleaner one more time, then vacuum again, UC Irvine suggests. Continue running dehumidifiers and fans at carpet drying speed.
Monitor your carpets after cleaning for any musty odours. Fight this odour by spraying carpets with baking soda and working on the carpet fibres with a brush or broom. Leave it overnight before vacuuming carefully to remove the baking soda.
Tips and Warnings
- Time is of the essence in the fight against water and mould.
- Check the walls and other surfaces when it comes to water damage to make sure you have not kinked up on other surfaces. Remove anything wet and thoroughly clean.
- Dispose of mouldy or contaminated items by placing them in an airtight garbage bag, tied at the top.
- Isolate areas where mould growth has occurred and wear gloves and respirators when cleaning mouldy areas. Be aware that mould can cause health problems, so take every precaution to limit exposure.