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Water damaged carpets can become very smelly and hold bacteria within the fibres. If this happens, a professional carpet cleaning company can come out to your home and extract the water.
Flood Water Extraction
Extracting water successfully from wet carpets is the job of an experienced flood water extraction specialist, with the correct machine and back up equipment to do the job. The machines a carpet cleaning company would use for water logged carpets are a truck mounted machine or a portable extraction machine. The portable would only be used if the flood is in a unit complex, or where there is little access for the truck mounted machine.
The carpets would firstly be assessed to see what sort of water has affected the carpet. With contaminated water, a micro bacterial solution needs to be applied to the carpet before the extraction process starts. This solution also needs a dwell time to allow the solution to seep into the underlay and neutralise any odours and bacteria.
Then the extraction process starts. This is done with a moisture claw as seen in the picture below. It will reduce all the power of the extraction machines suction into one small foot print, allowing for the water to be pulled up from the underlay, without pulling all of the carpet up. This is a very cost effective way of saving wet carpets.
Dealing with Burst Pipes
If you have a burst pipe or the bath or sink has overflowed or even the gutters overflowed and the water came into the house, the water can be easily extracted by a professional carpet cleaning company. Some carpet cleaners offer an emergency flood damaged service providing a 24 hour 7 day a week service.
Always use a professional carpet cleaning company with flood water damage experience. This type of job needs to be handled by an expert, or months later you could be growing mushrooms in your carpet from the bacteria that was left there.
Another tool used in a flood water extraction situation is air movers. An air mover will generate 2800 cubic feet per minute of air movement, helping in the drying time. Air movers can also be used to remove the moisture between the carpet and the floor. This means the carpet, the underlying pad and the floor can be dried at the same time.