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Can a carpet be saved after water damage?

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

The major casualties of a flooded home is flooring, particularly carpets. Once it's soaked, both it and the underlying padding will potentially need replacing, which is an added expense that most homeowners would like to avoid. In the case of heavy flooding, whether it's from a natural disaster, broken appliance, burst pipe, or other water emergency, many people think that there's no chance their carpet can ever be saved.

We have provided some helpful information about the three types of water damage that can occur due to flooding and how each affects carpet and rugs. 

Clean Water 
If the flood damage in your home is caused by a burst pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or tub or sink that has overflowed, odds are it's a result of what's called clean water. Basically, this type of water is treated and contains no contaminants or waste and is the least risky to clean up. If it is Clean water Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we most likely able to save your area rugs, carpeting, and floor pads. 

Gray Water 
Water That doesn't contain any solid animal or human waste, but it has been used. An example of this would be a toilet that's overflown or a broken washing machine that leaks a large amount of water mid-cycle. This water has potential to cause illness, even if there is no threat of disease usually isn't present since there's no solid waste. Better to be safe and avoid the risk. The carpet pad that's been soaked with gray water has to be thrown out for safety reasons, the carpet itself can often be saved. Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we will carefully clean, disinfect and dry.

Black Water 
This is the dangerous type of water involved in flood damage. It's unsanitary since it either has potentially carrying disease or solid waste. If your home was flooded due to a sewage back up, storm, or natural disaster. It would be consider to be black water in most cases. Here at Servrpo of Fall River we recommend to be replaced for the sake of keeping your family safe. 

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging..

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