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The frustration and aggravation of dealing with flooding doesn’t end once the water has been removed from your home or office building. Once the water is gone, it’s time to assess the damage; unfortunately, due to its very placement, carpet is invariably the worst affected in a building flood. Water damage can cause mold, a nasty smell, stains and so much more. It’s best to get your water damaged carpeting taken care of by a reliable carpet cleaning company, one who can handle the various difficulties associated with flooding and water damaged flooring.
In the case of a sanitary flood, generally the carpet can be restored to its pre-flooded conditions, providing prompt and professional action is taken. You’ll need to contact a technician from a carpet cleaning company, as they’ll have the necessary training and expertise to let you know whether your carpets can be salvaged, and if so, what to do. Once the water has receded, or been removed from within the building, the first and most immediate concern is wringing any possible excess water from the carpet fibers. After that, it’s of utmost importance to apply a disinfectant to the damaged carpeting. Failure to do so properly could result in the formation of bacteria and fungi that are very dangerous to the health of occupants within the home. If there is any furniture, or any other objects, that may potentially stain the wet carpet, it should be removed. Keeping traffic off of the wet carpet is ideal, to avoid further weakening the latex holding the carpet together.
Unfortunately, the carpets will need to be untacked, and the padding removed altogether; it’s unsalvageable. The carpet should, if at all possible, be elevated from the floor. If you have fans, dehumidifiers or heaters, these will greatly diminish the drying time. Carpets will need to be dried thoroughly, and usually finish drying after about 12 hours from the time of intervention. Once your carpet is dry, your carpet cleaning company technician should let you know whether your carpet is going to be okay, and if so, what steps should next be taken.
Of course, in the event of an unsanitary flood, these precautions may be immaterial. Despite the ‘unsanitary’ label, it’s not just nasty, dirty water that qualifies. Water from a dishwasher overflow, leaking water beds, anything that is not pure water can be considered unsanitary. Toilet water from a used commode also counts, as it is quite unsanitary. In most cases your expert will recommend that the carpet be scrapped. But, in the event you choose to try and salvage it, the number one priority is the use of disinfectants immediately. Also important, when dealing with this unsanitary water, is the consideration that the water damage poses a hazard to health, and therefore should be dealt with wearing appropriate protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, rubber boots, etc. If it is not treated for a period of time, the ‘unsanitary’ condition will become ‘black.’
Black flooding is anything that contains sewage waters. This includes sea water, sewer water and even water that’s been in contact with the ground. In the event of black flooding, you’re best bet is to hire a carpet cleaning company to handle your water damaged carpets safely and effectively.