Dealing With Flood Damage to Carpet

“When it rains, it pours” is an old adage that certainly holds true if you have ever had to deal with carpet water damage. Flood damage can come from just about anywhere, even when it’s not raining. A broken hot water heater, a frozen water pipe, a backed up sewer line or a washing machine or dishwasher gone haywire could all be to blame – and then there’s the rising creek or river that floods your home and property. No matter the cause, the resulting mess can be a nightmare to deal with.

Home owner’s policies may not cover all types of flooding, so be prepared before you call about any damage to your property or belongings due to water by reading your policy and having it on hand when you talk to your representative.

If a pipe broke or came loose, you may have come home to a lovely waterfall coming from your ceiling. While lovely additions to a swanky hotel lobby, it’s just not the same in the middle of your living or dining room. The water from this type of issue is clean water and although it makes a mess, it’s relatively easy to deal with.

First, turn off the water! Then get a wet vac or shop vac and suck up as much water as possible from the carpet. Move any furniture standing on the wet carpet to dry ground and be sure to check upholstered furniture to make sure it did not soak up water that may damage the wooden frame. Once you have as much water as possible removed from the carpet and all the furniture out of the way, roll the carpet up until you are beyond the affected area. Now use the wet vac to removes as much water from the padding underneath as possible then return the carpet. Use a rotating floor fan to blow air across the carpet to help speed up the drying process and in a day or two the carpet should be almost as good as new.

If the water damage was not confined to a small area, or there was standing water, be sure to discard the carpet and padding after removing as much water as possible. Then use a fan to dry the bare wood floor completely before installing new carpet and padding. Don’t rush into purchasing new carpet however. Think about different types of flooring or even just get a lot of carpet samples to consider before you rush in.

If the damage is from a broken sewer or waste water line, call in the professionals immediately. The bacteria and organisms in dirty water can cause serious illness to everyone in your home. A cleaning company that specializes in disaster clean up will safely remove the flood damaged carpet and treat the area with chemicals designed to kill mold, mildew and harmful bacteria.

Being prepared by knowing what your policy covers, and calling in the right people to do the job right will make dealing with carpet flood damage if not easier, perhaps a little less stressful.