Oh no, a pipe burst in you basement and that beautiful new carpet you just bought a few months ago is under water. What should you do?
Do not panic. There are ways to save your carpet, but you will need to act quickly. A damp carpet is the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew.
First off, you will need to determine the source of the flooding. If the source is unknown, you will need to test for toxins. Do not risk your family’s health to save a carpet. Water testing kits are available commercially.
Unfortunately, some carpets are not worth saving, but if you are toxin free, then you can rejuvenate that rug with a few simple tips outlined in this article.
1. Stop the water. Find the source of the flooding and shut it off.
2. Remove all household items from the area – furniture, etc. Move these items to a dry area where they will not be in the way. If furniture is damp, make sure you clean thoroughly and dry.
3. If solid debrit is present, such as mud or dirt, remove with a broom. Make sure you do not push the debrit into the carpet, but skim the surface to remove the dirt or mud.
4. Open your doors and windows to allow fresh air to begin circulating. It will help to dry the carpet.
5. Rent, buy, or borrow an industrial vacuum and suck up the water. Move slowly and allow the vacuum to do its job. Go over the carpet several times.
6. Loosen the carpet around the walls and shake. This allows air to pass under the carpet and will decrease drying time.
7. Use fans to speed up the drying process. The bigger the better.
8. Finally, stay off the carpet for at least 12 hours as walking on the damp carpet can increase drying time.
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