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Do I Need To Replace Carpets After Water Damage?

It takes just one tropical storm, faulty water heater, or broken pipe to cause significant damage to your Tampa property. Though you may think water damage to your floors and carpets is irreparable, DRIRITE® is a water damage restoration company with the tools, technology, and experience to repair your property.

If you have water damage and are unsure if you need to replace the carpets in your home, you’re in luck. Below, we’ll unpack water damage to carpet, the benefits of replacing your carpet, and common causes of water-damaged carpets. 

When Should I Replace the Carpet After Water Damage?

Water Damaged Carpets

Light water damage to your carpet is no reason to completely replace it. Well, not entirely. It is important to note that carpet has several layers:  a surface layer, a backing, a pad, and the subfloor. The condition and the time your carpet has been wet will determine its need to be replaced. 

These are helpful tips to keep in mind: 

  • If water seeps into the bottom layer of the carpet, it will need to be replaced.
  • If the carpet has been wet for longer than 72 hours, you should get it replaced. 
  • Carpet with mold is a health risk and should always be replaced.

Additional factors to consider: 

  • Age and condition of your carpet
  • Amount of water that got onto your carpeting
  • Time water sat on your carpeting
  • Type of water that damaged your carpets

Contact a professional restoration company to professionally clean your carpets. DRIRITE® utilizes the superior cleaning process of steam cleaning to get below the surface of carpeting. Our tools and technologies loosen hardened particles and remove dirt and debris that may hide in the carpet fibers. Steam cleaning up to 250° kills bacteria and germs, creating an optimal environment for clean living.

If the current condition of your carpet potentially costs more to clean, consider a replacement. DRIRITE® can replace the carpet in your home during the reconstruction phase of your restoration.

Before deciding to replace or clean the carpet in your home, know the source of the water damage and contact a plumber to prevent additional leakage. Given the right conditions, moisture will lead to mold, mildew, and harmful pathogens. Stopping the source of water will prevent airborne bacteria from spreading to other areas of your home.

Most Common Sources of Carpet Water Damage

Unfortunately, water damage is one of the most common issues in a home. Check out the top causes of water damage to your carpet, floors, and tile:

  • Overflowing toilets
  • Septic tanks
  • Appliance malfunction (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.)
  • Roof leaks and burst pipes
  • Sump pump not working
  • Flooding

Benefits of Replacing Your Carpet

If the water damage is severe, you may need to pull up all carpet layers. Doing so will eliminate the risk of bacteria and prevent your carpets from turning dark or smelling—two signs of mildew. 

Review the additional benefits of replacing your carpeting:

  • Removes allergens and dust buildup
  • Feels soft and clean
  • Increases home value
  • Eliminates pet stains and smells

Can You Fix a Water-Damaged Carpet Yourself?

When it comes to water-damaged carpets, it’s best to let the professionals do what they’re trained to do. Not only will experts work quickly to revive the condition of your home or business, but they know what areas need to be cleaned and how to clean them correctly. Getting rid of moisture is difficult. If not done the right way, it could result in mold. 

Keep these tips in mind to help you manage water-damaged carpets:

  • Stop the source of water
  • Contact a water damage restoration company
  • Purchase a dehumidifier to minimize moisture
  • Always use a shop vac instead of a regular vacuum

Got Water Damaged Carpets? We Can Help.

With over 40 years in the business, DRIRITE® offers the best professional carpet cleaning service and restoration in the Tampa Bay area. We’re available 24 hours a day, ready to help with all of your restoration needs—including carpet replacement and cleaning. We’re an honest and upfront company built on the values of integrity, communication, and quality service. 

Do you have a water damage carpet emergency? Call DRIRITE® at (813) 283-2202 for 24-hour emergency services.

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