WHAT TO DO FOR FLOODED OR WET CARPET!
Wet carpet: TRYING TO SAVE THE CARPET
If you are calling in a professional, there is plenty you can do in advance of their arrival to get the process rolling, as oftentimes professionals may be hours, or even days before they can be there. Professional carpet cleaning, Clean up and Restoration Companies have the tools and know-how that makes contacting them a wise decision, but if you are the handy type and looking for some tips…read on!
We’ll start with a general outline of the process. Please keep in mind that these are general guidelines to assist you in understanding the process and your situation could vary from any point. We recommend consulting with the professionals at FloorShow, or any service company regarding any additional questions or guidance you may need.
- Please also note that this process is for carpets installed over a separate cushion. Should you have a carpet installed with an attached cushion, it will be virtually impossible to remove all the moisture from the capret/cushion, and the carpet would need to be removed and almost certainly replaced, if you so choose.
- Removing water.
- Detaching carpet from tac strip.
- Removal of all wet cushion.
- Drying of carpet.
- Evaluating the dried carpet condition.
- Replacing the cushion.
- Reinstalling the carpet.
- Begin the process of water extraction and remove as much water as soon as possible. The more water you get out sooner than later, the more damage you can potentially prevent. Extract as much water as possible first with a wet vac.
- You should then separate that carpet from the tac-strip. You can generally do this by starting in a corner of the room, and with a pliers or channel locks, clench the backing of the carpet (careful not to pull the fiber “tufts” from the backing, and pull toward you to release the carpet from the backing.
- Wet cushion acts like a sponge and will need to be removed and discarded. You can access the cushion by folding back the carpet in each area of the room to expose the cushion. “Always remove a foot or two more cushion than what appears to be wet.
- When the cushion has been removed and all water extracted, you may attempt to salvage your carpet by raising the carpet off the floor, (this can be done with plastic buckets or pails, not metal) and using fans to expedite the drying process. The use of a dehumidifier will also help draw moisture from the area.
- Evaluating your carpet: Most carpets sold since the early 1980s are entirely synthetic, so once dried they potentially can be salvaged. If permanent damage has occurred, it is typically a process referred to as delamination, where the primary and secondary backing of the carpet separate. If you notice this separation, your carpet most likely will not be salvageable. It also could be the case that there is no evidence of delamination after the carpet is dry, but delamination could occur in the future. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOUR CARPET IS COVERED UNDER A MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY, ONCE FLOODED THAT WARRANTY IS NULL AND VOID. IF THIS IS THE CASE YOU MAY WISH TO VISIT WITH YOUR INSURANCE CARRIER.
- Replacing the cushion: When your carpet is completely dry you may repeat the process of folding back the carpet in order to install new cushion. Small amounts of cushion adhesive are typically used (over concrete) and seams are taped together. You can contact FloorShow or any flooring store for these supplies.
- Reinstalling the carpet: Look to reinstall the carpet by “stretching” it back to the tac-strip.
- All carpets are different. Some carpet sizes may be distorted through the soaking and drying process, and may need to be professionally stretch back into position. You can contact our store or any professional flooring contractor who will have the proper tools to fully stretch the carpet back in place. Other carpets may be guided back into position using a “knee kicker tool,” and still other carpets may simply just lay right back into place.
- All carpet should be hooked back on the tac strip and the slight excess carpet tuck down under the baseboard. You can see the method of affixing carpet to tac strip on YouTube.
- Depending upon the source of the water, you may wish to clean and sanitize your carpet, baseboards and walls.
- If your situation precludes you from being able to remove all furniture, and you must move the furniture from side to side, be certain to place aluminum foil under the furniture legs to avoid damage to the furniture and/or carpet.
These guidelines have been posted to provide general information when facing flooded and wet basement situations. Do to the many variables in these situations we recommend seeking professional guidance when additional questions arise. Floorshow nor their assigns makes any guarantee of success nor will be held liable for any damage, injury or liability that results from following these general guidelines.