Use a professional carpet cleaner to fix your flooded carpets?
It pays to contact a professional carpet cleaner with the right equipment to handle any flood situation, when and if you are misfortunate enough to have to deal with a broken water pipe in your house or unit.
When a carpet gets wet it needs to be dried out as soon as possible, if the carpet is just left to dry out on its own, there’s a good chance that mould will start to develop over time.
Wet carpet needs to be lifted and dried out from underneath along with the underlay, if left untreated mold spurs will start to form on the underside of the carpet and underlay, and can even start to form over the walls and clothing in the effected room.
What to do if it happens?
The first thing you need to do is isolate the leak or broken pipe, the best thing to do is to turn of the mains water, the tap is usually at the front of the property.
Then call a licensed plumber to come out and fix the problem, so that water can be turned back on again, the last thing anyone wants is to go to long without water in the house.
Then call in the help of a professional carpet cleaning company to extract the water from the effected rooms.
Furniture will need to be moved from of the wet carpet so that the water can be removed properly, this will also help prevent staining from the furniture transferring to the wet carpet.
What does the carpet cleaner do?
The job of the carpet cleaner is to firstly remove the water from the carpet; this can be done a few different ways.
The first extraction can be done with a wand followed by a suction board; the idea of the suction board is it can remove a lot of the water from the carpet and the underlay at the same time.
Once the carpet is at a point of not being squelchy under foot, a section of it may need to be lifted to allow it to dry properly.
After the carpets have been dried they then need to be relayed by a carpet layer, this will ensure that they are stretched back into shape properly.
Once this final step has been completed it’s time to put all the furniture back again.
How long does it all take?
In most cased where carpets have been flooded it is possible to save them and have them back to normal within a few day, but it needs to be done by a carpet cleaner that has experience dealing with wet carpets.
By using a professional carpet cleaner you are minimising the chances of mould and bacteria from starting to grow and cause more damage, and in some cases making the carpets irreparable.
Tips to help prevent water damage?
When going away for a holiday for a few weeks it can sometimes pay to turn of the water at the mains to prevent your home being damaged by a burst pipe.
Know where your shut off tap is located in your property encase of an emergency.
Have the number of your local carpet cleaner and any other emergency services you may need in your phone for fast and easy contact.