If you’re not sure if carpet padding can be dried after water damage, you’ve come to the right place. The truth is, it depends on two factors: the amount of water and how long the pad has been wet.
When water is involved, time is always of the essence. Besides being extremely heavy, carpet padding is very hard to dry. That being said, the task is not impossible. If your carpet padding has minimal saturation, it is possible to save it within the initial 24 hours. Unfortunately, if the material has been wet for longer than 24 hours, mold may have already started to develop.
Flooded Carpet Cleaning: DIY or Call a Pro?
When water damage happens, it strikes fast. In minutes, backed-up sewage pipes, a leaking washing machine, or an overflowing sink can flood your home. Before seemingly irreparable damage can impact your furniture, floors, and walls, you need to make a decision. Is this a do-it-yourself project or a job for the pros? Again, it depends on two factors: the type of water and the severity of damages.
Water Damage Categories
Water malfunctions fall into one of three categories: clean water, greywater, and black water. Here’s what each one means.
Clean Water Damage
Clean water originates from rainwater flooding, overflowing home appliances, broken water lines, or an accidental spill.
Greywater contains moderate contaminants. This water damage typically comes from a dishwasher discharge pipe or a toilet overflow.
Blackwater has high amounts of contamination. Black water is primarily a result of sewer backups. The category your water damage fits into will help determine how your carpet got contaminated.
DIY vs. Professional Water Restoration
If your home or business has minimal clean or greywater damage, it could be a DIY fix. Keep in mind, a shop vacuum, towels, and ceiling fans are no match for professional extraction and drying equipment.
If the flooding is significant or is caused by any type of blackwater, you need professional restoration services. Blackwater damages call for carpet (and padding) replacement. Besides, a water damage expert can mitigate and remediate the whole loss, not just the carpet. With a professional, you won’t have to worry about mold, mildew, or other contaminants.
For any of your flooded carpet cleaning needs, call the professionals at DRIRITE®. Our restoration teams provide an industry-standard estimate and create a proper plan of action to restore your carpet quickly.
Why Should You Completely Dry Carpet Padding?
If the carpet pad is dry within 24 hours, the likelihood of microorganisms and mold is significantly low. Without completely drying your carpet padding, your carpet will start to smell, and mildew may develop.
The padding under your carpet is similar to a sponge, so it soaks up moisture. Although drying your carpet subfloor isn’t easy, it’s possible. Failure to completely dry your carpet materials will likely cause more problems in the future.
Common Causes of Carpet Water Damage
Despite your best efforts to prevent it, water damage happens at the worst possible times. Listed below, we’ve listed the most common reasons your home may experience flooding or severe indoor water damage.
- Broken, frozen, leaky plumbing
- Clogged drains
- Crawl space water damage
- Dishwasher malfunctions
- Flooded bathroom
- Hot water tank flood
- Leaking roofs and windows
- Overflowing bathtubs, toilets, or sinks
- Rainstorm flooding
- Sewage or septic tank backups
- Sump pump failures
- Washing machine overflowing
Don’t let untimely emergencies impact your day-to-day. As soon as you discover water damage in your home or business, contact professional water removal specialists immediately. Get in touch with certified and trustworthy technicians.
Get Professional Carpet Cleaning Services
DRIRITE® ensures residential and commercial properties are rid of contaminated water as well as dangerous pollutants. Our team of water removal specialists vows to restore your property correctly the first time. In fact, we guarantee all of our projects against secondary damages. We’ll monitor your project daily, utilizing infrared imaging cameras as well as other tools to ensure accuracy and efficiency during the drying process.
Call DRIRITE®. It’s Not Just Our Name, It’s Our Guarantee™.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike Campbell is a highly experienced professional specializing in structural drying, mold remediation, and environmental consulting. With certifications such as OSHA HAZWOPER, council-certified microbial remediator, and state of Florida licensed mold remediator, he offers tailored solutions to clients at DriRite. With specialized training from the IICRC, Mike is equipped with advanced skills in categories such as applied structural drying, commercial drying, and water damage restoration. This expertise allows him to deliver comprehensive and effective solutions to water-related issues. His dedication to providing exceptional service and expertise makes him a valuable resource in the field.
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