How to Deal with Flooded Carpets

Wet vacuum cleaner used on carpetFlooding inside a home can cause unprecedented damage not only to your house, but also to all your valuables. One of the most difficult things to restore after a flood would be your carpet. Apart from the moisture ruining your carpet’s fabric, the humidity trapped in the material can become the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew and fungus.

If this is not resolved immediately, this can cause serious health risks for everyone. Prolonged exposure can irritate people’s eyes, nose and throat. Airborne mold can also lead to severe allergies or even trigger asthma attacks.

Don’t worry, though. There are still several ways to salvage your carpet, as long as quick action is taken. Here are a few easy-to-follow steps that you can do to deal with your flooded carpet.

1. Remove all traces of water

It’s important to reduce the amount of water trapped in your carpet. First, you’ll need to place dry towels on top of the carpet and press down on them to absorb as much of the water from the fabric. Make sure to check the bottom side of the carpet as well and then repeat this process.

Once the initial traces of water have been removed, you can now move on to drying the carpet using a wet vacuum cleaner. Make sure that you are using a vacuum cleaner that is specifically designed to remove water and not just a regular one.

2. Dry your carpet ASAP

To further remove any excess moisture from the carpet, you can take additional steps to dry it out using a household fan, a hairdryer or a dehumidifier. Just focus the fan or hairdryer on one spot until it is totally dry. This also helps circulate the stale air off the carpet and prevent it from developing a musty odor. Dehumidifiers can do a very thorough job of removing all moisture from your carpet, as well as limit the growth of mold and mildew, so this is the most useful tool to get the job done.

3. Treat the carpet

Treating your carpet with shampoo or baking soda not only removes the musty smell, but can also reduce the risk of molds growing on it after the drying process is done. When using baking soda, sprinkle an even layer over your carpet and leave it overnight. You can then vacuum out all traces of the baking soda. Be sure to check if your carpet’s fabric is safe for whatever treatment you plan on using. Delicate carpets can be damaged even further if you use strong treatments that can wear on their fibers.

If you aren’t confident with your DIY skills, then you can always send your carpet to a professional cleaner to get it properly dried out. All County DKI specializes in all types of water damage remediation and restoration. If you have a problem with flooded carpets or areas in your home, then give us a call. You can reach us through our contact page or by dialing our number at 888-616-6811.