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5 Steps to Saving Carpets in Flooded Rooms

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage causing drenched carpet in a Woodstock, GA facility

Flooding due to a heavy storm or a pipe break can lead to water damage throughout your home in Woodstock, GA. A quick response from restoration experts can help you reduce the extent of damage. One area where costs can be high is the replacement of flooring in affected areas. If you hope to keep your carpet after it has been covered by flood water, you'll need to take the following steps:

1. Act Immediately

The severity of damage increases quickly as water is allowed to sit and remain in contact with the flooring and other building components. The longer those contents are wet, the more likely it is that mold will grow. The most effective response is to remove all water and dry the area within 48 hours.

2. Ventilate Thoroughly

Moisture on materials, such as the paper-backing of carpeting, provides an ideal environment for mold to take hold. Slow the rate of damage to hidden areas by opening the windows and installing fans. This ventilation allows you to keep air moving to dry the area more quickly and will help maintain ideal drying temperatures. One exception to this is when remediation experts install heated fans. If the technicians close the windows, don't open them until you have the go-ahead.

3. Complete Clean and Disinfect

Discuss the availability of specialized cleaning products for rugs and other flooring with a restoration expert. As you clean, protect uncontaminated areas to avoid spreading water or mold damage.

4. Assess the Damages

Do you need to replace the carpet? If the water was from a clean source, such as a pipe break or a water supply line, you'll be able to save your flooring, clothing, and other items. The best way to determine what to save is to weigh the actual replacement cost and the sentimental value of the item. However, if the flood water contained any contaminants, you should work with a professional to determine what is safe to keep.

5. Confirm Proper Drying

Don't begin reconstruction until all wet materials have been appropriately dried. Get confirmation from your water restoration professional before covering affected wood or returning furnishings rooms with a carpet.

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