Carpets are occasionally subjected to large amounts of water. The results of this vary. Sometimes this is a temporary inconvenience; occasionally it requires the carpet and underlay to be replaced.
Clean Water Flooding
If the water on the carpet is clean, and if the moisture can be removed promptly, the carpet can often be saved. However, unclean water is a more serious matter, and will be discussed afterward.
- Start by soaking up water with towels or old linen. Replace the wet towels and linen with dry.
- Hire a vacuum that works wet and dry. Keep vacuuming the wet area till no more water is forthcoming. Remember to empty the water out of the fill tank of the vacuum cleaner.
- Use fans, hairdryers and dehumidifiers to help get rid of the remaining moisture in the floor. Open window and doors to ventilate the room. This may take several days.
- In some cases it is difficult for the underlay beneath the carpet to dry properly. It may be best to remove the carpet, allow it to air, and completely replace the underlay. Underlay is less expensive than carpet so this cost is not too great.
Always have the carpet steam cleaned after flooding or serious water spills. This will remove any remaining moisture and 99% of any contaminants. In doing so it will prevent mould and mildew issues.
Important- Flooding can often affect the electrical power in a home. Have an electrician check if there is in any doubt.
Black or Grey Water
Water that has been polluted in any way at all is a health risk. Water from dish washers, fish tanks, water that has touch the outside ground or anything connected with animals will almost always cause health problems. Any carpets exposed to this type of grey water, along with the underfelt, should be destroyed. Any water connected with sewage is termed black water. This black water will also render carpets unusable. The health risks of contaminated carpets are severe; replace carpets and see what your insurance says about flooding.