How to Dry Wet Carpet After Water Damage?

Do you know what’s worse than a wet blanket? Wet carpet. Be it from a broken pipe, malfunctioned appliance, or roof leak, no home or business owner wants to deal with the soggy carpet. When you have a water damage emergency, you need to act fast to prevent mildew, mold growth, mildew, and other issues. 

DRIRITE® is an experienced water damage restoration company that specializes in carpet cleanup and drying. We provide residential and commercial water damage restoration services to the communities of Tampa Bay. Contact the certified water damage professionals at DRIRITE® today. We’ll work around the clock to dry wet carpet and minimize any damage. 

Things to Consider Before Drying Your Wet Carpet

Things to Consider Before Drying Your Wet Carpet

In the US, nearly 14,000 property owners experience water damage emergencies every day. Of course, no one thinks it’ll happen to him/her. But when it does, you need to act fast. Here’s what you do: 

Control the Leak

You don’t necessarily have to fix and/or repair the leak; just do your best to mitigate the damage. If the water-saturated carpet is caused by an overflowing appliance or broken pipe, turn off the water source. 

Dispose of Damaged Items

Although water damage restoration companies can salvage most items, there are items that can’t be saved:

  • Photographs
  • Paperwork
  • Personal items

Clear the Room

Minimize the amount of furniture exposed to extensive water. If you can, remove major pieces of furniture sitting on the floor. 

This includes but is not limited to the following: 

  • Dressers
  • Bedroom furniture
  • Electronics + stands
  • Dining room furniture

Limit Foot Traffic

Aside from bringing excessive amounts of dirt, heavy foot traffic wears down the carpet in your home. Before the experts at DRIRITE® begin to expel water from your carpet, make sure you avoid walking in and out of the room. This will limit the spread of water and any pathogens or bacteria lingering inside the water. It’ll also prevent water from being soaked into the fibers of the carpet.

How Do You Know Carpet is Wet?

In most instances, you’ll be able to see the wet area on your carpet. However, if you have dark-colored carpets, it may be difficult to determine water damage in your home or business.

Musty Odors

Lingering smells should always be cause for concern. If there is a mustiness in your home that won’t go away, you may have wet carpet lingering somewhere in your home. 

Mold & Mildew

Respiratory issues that occur inside of your home and not outside typically indicate bacterial and microbial growths. If your allergies act up or worsen in your home, contact a professional water damage restoration company to evaluate your establishment. 

How to Dry Wet Carpet Fast?

When water is involved, time is always of the essence. Follow the tips below to prevent the spread of moisture from spreading to other areas of your home.

1. Remove The Moisture

Remove The Moisture - How To Dry Wet Carpet Fast After Water Damage

If your carpets are soaked, wet vacuums are very helpful. They’re the ideal solution to extract excess water from your carpets. As if that wasn’t beneficial enough, they’re multi-faceted. Wet vacuums can also be used to clean up dry debris. 

Bonus tip: Check your local superstore or home improvement warehouse to rent a wet vacuum.

2. Get the Air Moving

Get The Air Moving - How To Dry Wet Carpet After Water Damage?

Generate as much airflow as possible. Unfortunately, this goes beyond opening windows and doors. If you want to dry wet carpet and limit water damage, you also need fans and dehumidifiers. With enough airflow, you’ll remove lingering water and ensure small molecules evaporate before they can cause additional issues. 

Make sure you space out fans and other heavy-duty equipment. The more efficient your distribution of airflow, the sooner your carpets will dry.  

3. Check Subfloor

Check Subfloor - How To Dry Wet Carpet Fast After Water Damage

Your carpets are dry, fantastic. But your work is not done. Take a peek underneath the carpet. 

How to check subfloor:

  • Go to the corner of your room
  • Get a firm grip on the fibers 
  • Carefully pull up
  • Check the area thoroughly

Can you see any moisture, standing water, or mold growth? If the padding is damp, there’s already a significant chance mold and mildew have begun to develop.

4. Blow Air into the Padding

Blow Air Into The Padding - How To Dry Wet Carpet After Water Damage?

If subfloor moisture is minimal, you may not need to pull up all of your carpets. Simply keep a section of your carpet exposed and bring in a dehumidifier as well as fans to create enough airflow. 

Bonus tip: Apply wet vac hose to the subfloor and promote warm airflow. 

If you have soaking wet subflooring, you’ll likely need a professional water removal company to dry and/or replace your wet carpets. When you do this, make sure you choose a high-quality company with decades of experience to do the job. To ensure water damage is fully mitigated, call the experts at DryRite.

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™.


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