Should You Throw Out Your Carpets After Flooding or Water Damage?
Having your home inundated with water whether due to an accident or an act of nature is a devastating experience.Very often, affected homeowners don’t know where to turn for help or advice and answers to the many questions they have. Fortunately, our water damage experts can take care of your problems and help to respond to any issues you may have.
One common question flooded homeowners ask concerns whether their carpets are ruined or if they can be salvaged. Unfortunately, the answer to that question depends on many factors and is best answered directly by water damage professionals after they’ve inspected your home.
So should you throw out your carpets after water damage and flooding? These are some of the main factors they’ll take into account:
1. How Long Your Home Has Been Inundated by Floodwater
The first and most crucial factor influencing the chance of salvaging your carpets is the length of time they’ve been in contact with water. With clean water, anything up to 24 hours should be a cause for optimism though obviously it depends on many factors.
If you call experts in immediately, then they have a good chance of drying and removing the moisture from your carpets before mould has taken root. They can then deep clean your floors and apply anti-browning agents. This way, your carpets should be ready for use within 12 hours or so depending on the circumstances.
2. The Type of Floodwater
The second crucial factor that determines the fate of your carpets is the type of water involved. Clean or sanitary water contains no contamination and generally, the main issues it causes are mould and possibly fibre rot over time.
Unsanitary water, which includes dishwashers, toilet overflows and sewage, and black water that contains raw sewage or natural water from rivers or ponds, generally means that the carpet will have to be discarded. You’ll need to consult your water damage experts for a definitive verdict.
As you can see, whether your carpets will be safe or not depends on a number of factors that can only be determined by experts on site. If you suffer any home flooding, don’t delay in calling for professional help.
Whenever you need help with water damage, Water Damage Specialist is available 24 hours a day and only ever a phone call away.
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