Water Damage: Can My Carpet Be Saved? Three Questions To Ask


If you're a homeowner, chances are that at some point in your ownership lifetime, you'll deal with water damage in one form or another. One common issue that many homeowners are faced with when dealing with water damage is determining whether their carpets can be safely cleaned and restored. To learn more about making such a decision, consider the three questions below.

1. Is the Carpet Wall-to-Wall or an Area Rug?

So, the answer to this question won't necessarily decide whether the carpet can be saved or not, but it can help you determine whether you want to put the effort into saving it that each type of carpet would require.

As you can imagine, it can be much easier to restore an area rug that's been affected by water damage than it can be to restore wall-to-wall carpeting. In fact, many people can handle the restoration of water damaged area rugs without the help of a damage and restoration professional. Wall-to-wall carpets, on the other hand, require special care and equipment to be restored to their former glory. A damage and restoration professional is your best bet at saving your wall-to-wall carpet, and they'll provide all of the equipment needed (such as dehumidifiers and wet vacuums) to remove the water and restore your carpet.

2. Is the Water Sanitary or Unsanitary?

The answer to this question will be the biggest indicator of whether a water damaged carpet can be—or should be—restored.

Sources of sanitary water include a burst pipe, rain, and tub or sink overflow. Carpets that have come into contact with such water are generally easy to restore, and aside from the risk of mold (which a qualified damage and restoration professional can help you to prevent), they post no risk to your or your family's health. Sources of unsanitary water, however, such as an overflowed toilet or a punctured waterbed (which usually contains harmful chemicals), can really go either way. It's best to let a professional handle the aftermath of such damage and decide whether your carpet can be saved. Now, aside from the unsanitary water examples mentioned above, there's one source of water damage where your carpet cannot be restored, and that's if you're dealing with raw sewage. Under the care of a professional, your carpets should be removed and disposed of, and the surrounding areas should be sanitized and dried appropriately.

3. How Long Has the Water Damage Been Left Untreated?

While it's important to treat water damaged areas of your home as quickly as possible, sometimes surprises happen when you're on vacation or on a business trip. In cases such as this, you should consult a damage and restoration professional to learn more about whether your carpets can be saved.

A general rule of thumb when determining whether a carpet can be saved is 24 hours. That is, if the carpet hasn't been properly dried in that amount of time, it's best for the health of you and your family that the rug be tossed. Unfortunately, you may not always be able to determine how long the water damage has been present. In those cases, it's best to err on the side of caution and dispose of the rug completely.

If you're dealing with water damage and want to avoid any complications associated with it, consult with a water damage restoration service.


27 October 2016

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