Dealing with carpet spills is not just annoying because of the potential for staining. It can actually lead to a host of serious issues like the growth of mould and allergens. If your carpet is flooding or you are experiencing significant water damage, don’t fret. Follow through on these five simple tips to resolve the issue.
Call a Professional
If ever you find your beloved carpet substantially wet, contact a professional such as Electrovac in Melbourne. Water damage goes much further than superficially; in fact, water damaged carpet can lead to mould and bacterial growth deep within the carpet, thus creating a respiratory hazard.
The best way to avoid the danger of living in a household with mould and bacteria is to have it treated by a reputable professional in water damage for carpets. Don’t expose yourself and your family to health hazards.
Find the Source of Water
It’s of the essence that you immediately find and isolate the source of water damage. Normally, you should find little difficulty when the water is starting to seep into your carpet. Follow the source of the water upstream and try to cordon off the carpet from future flooding.
If the damage was a one-time affair, there may be precautions that you can take to prevent water flooding onto your carpet in the future. If it’s a regular occurrence, check your plumbing for leaks and see if it needs repairing. After all, it wouldn’t make sense to replace or clean carpet after every occurrence if the problem lies somewhere else.
Whether inclement weather or from water from within your household, cutting off the carpet from future damage is essential before proceeding to repair and clean the carpet.
Dry it Out Quickly
There are a few great ways to effectively dry up a flooded carpet. Place fans around the damaged area and allow them to run for around a day or longer as required. Special fans exist precisely for this task, so consider investing in more heavy-duty fans for this purpose.
You may also wish to run a dehumidifier to soak up much of the moisture in the carpet. These are great to have in humid areas, so chances are you already own a dehumidifier or know someone who does.
Lastly, heavy duty wet/dry vacuum cleaners are one of the most efficient means of soaking up moisture. Don’t use your everyday household vacuum cleaner but instead opt for a wet/dry vacuum purpose-built for cleaning up flooded carpets. These can often be rented out for a nominal fee.
Clean Damaged Areas
Once most of the water has been removed from the carpet, you’ll want to give it a thorough cleaning to prevent the growth of bacterial colonies and mould. Shop around for a quality product such as a shampoo or powder that’s designed for treating water damaged carpet. Always use the product as directed and ensure you use gloves or other personal protective equipment if required.
Whilst cleaning the carpet, look for any sections that have been affected deep at the roots. Carpet replacement can be costly, but carpet padding is quite inexpensive. Remove carpet padding (located underneath the carpet) and replace with new padding.
Stay Off the Carpets
As much as possible, keep off the carpets. That goes for family and pets, too. Furniture should be removed immediately so that you can clean those areas as well as to prevent the dyes from furniture from seeping into and discolouring the carpet permanently.
Let Electrovac Clean Your Water Damaged Carpets for You
Carpets are a great investment to give your home or business a sense of warmth and comfort. Unfortunately, they’re susceptible to water damage that can create health problems later on if left unchecked. If this happens to you, don’t despair. With Electrovac, you’re in good hands. Our qualified experts can visit your home or business and repair your water damaged carpet for you professionally.