Cleaning Up your Carpets After They Have Been Flooded
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by Jason Neale
Wet flooded carpets are a major cause for concern. Wet carpets should be dealt with as soon as possible by a professional carpet cleaner that has the equipment to extract the water from the carpets and the underlay.
Call a Plumber to Fix Leaking Pipes
If the underlay is left wet, this can cause mould to grow, mold can be detrimental to the health of the people living in the effected property. Using an extraction machine is the only way to safely remove water from carpets. Most floods are caused by over flowing showers or baths, but can also be caused by a burst pipe. If it is the case of a burst pipe, then a licensed plumber should be called out to fix the pipe before the carpet cleaner can start the clean-up.
Once the water has been extracted from the affected areas, the carpet should be cleaned with steam and also deodorised and sanitised to ensure all traces of bacteria are removed.
Shower water can hold germs and bacteria that can make you feel ill over time. This is why it is so important to use a trained professional when having water extracted from carpets. This way you are sure your family is safe.
Once the carpets have been fully extracted and then cleaned, they must be left to dry. The drying time can be increased significantly by using air movers and dehumidifiers. The air mover will help to circulate the air and the dehumidifier will help to reduce to moisture in the air. Using these machines can dry carpets and underlays much faster.
Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast Areas
Brisbane, Ipswich Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas all have plenty of carpet cleaners, but you need to make sure you choose a company that has the right equipment and skills to handle the big and small jobs. It’s also important that a company has an emergency service so that the flood can be cleared up as soon as possible.
In most cases, your insurance company will cover for accidental flood from such things as baths overflowing or sinks overflowing or even gutters overflowing in a storm. So it is important to receive a receipt from your carpet cleaning company with exactly what has been done to remove the water from the house.
If a house has a water leak from the upper levels, it can cause a massive amount of damage to the ceilings underneath. If you are leaving your home for some time, it’s best to turn off the water supply at the mains. This will ensure you don’t come home to a wet house. This can also be the same for people living in units. If a burst pipe or overflowing bath is not stopped straightaway, it can eventually leak to the units underneath. This can be a big problem because there are electrics that can also get wet, and as we all know electricity and water don’t mix.
Work with a Local Carpet Cleaner
Always have the number of your local carpet cleaner handy because the sooner you get the wet carpets dry the better the end result will be. By removing the water quickly, it can save you from having to replace the carpets and also stop them from stretching or shrinking out of shape.
When carpets get wet they can often lose their shape and you end up with big wrinkles in them. If this does occur, then a carpet repairer will have to come in and re-stretch them after they have fully dried.
Wet carpets can also become smelly if they are not treated. Once they have an odour about them, they will require a deep steam clean to help remove the odor. The odour can be caused from the build-up of bacteria, so it’s always best to use a company that understands the correct procedures to fully extract the water.