Water leaks can cause a number of damages to the house. Rotting of wood and other house structures, damaging paints and lamination, destroying upholstery and walls are not the only destructions included in the water damage. Damaging carpets is also inevitable due to water damage and you cannot do anything about it. That is why water damage is considered the most expensive and most messy damage to the house which is not always covered by the homeowners’ insurance.
If your house has been a victim of water damage recently and unfortunately your carpet also got wet in the process, you might be looking for ways to dry out your carpet after water damage. If yes then you have come to the right place.
Restore or Replace?
Luckily most of the carpets can be dried and restored to its original condition after water damage but sometimes they need to be replaced. You can decide if the carpet can be restored or not after damage based on the following points:
- How long has the carpet been wet?
- What type of water damage has the carpet gone through?
- Is there any sign of mold growth on the carpet?
- Are there any stains on the carpet which are more of a permanent type?
Based on the answers to these questions you can decide whether to restore the carpet or replace it. If the carpet has been wet for a few hours only and is soaked in clean water coming from rain or tap then it is quite possible to restore it. However, the carpet that has been soaked in contaminated waters cannot be restored and often need to be replaced.
Drying Carpet after Water Damage:
Below are listed the steps that you need to perform to dry out the carpet after water damage:
- Use a water extractor to suck up the water from the carpet. If you don’t have a water extractor, you can rent one from a nearby store. A water extractor is like a large vacuum cleaner that sucks the water up from carpets and helps you get the water out of the house.
- Remove furniture and anything else from the carpet in order to give it space to dry up. Water mostly get stuck in the areas under the furniture so this step is important.
- Pull back the wet carpet in order to allow air to cross. Separate the wet areas of carpet from the dry one so that the moisture may not cross to the dry portion and destroy that as well.
- Open doors and windows of the room to let the fresh air cross through to accelerate the drying process.
- Turn on the fans to dry up the carpets. You can also rent a blower and aim it directly to the wet portions of the carpet to make it dry quickly.
- Use dehumidifiers in the room in order to remove humidity and excess of moisture from the room. This will accelerate the drying process of the carpet after water damage.