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Did Your Carpet Get Wet In The Recent Storms?

Did Your Carpet Get Wet In The Recent Storms?

 

Torrential rain and strong winds can unfortunately cause of a lot of wet carpet in homes.

If you’ve been affected by storms and your carpet has gotten wet then it’s important to take action to ensure that the carpet is totally dry and healthy.

While the carpet fibres (face yarn) will often dry naturally when small areas are affected, the underlay and subfloor often retain moisture for long periods of time, resulting in mould growth. Wet carpet can also sometimes result in delamination of carpet, where the latex glue holding the backing of the carpet breaks down resulting in a “floppy” carpet usually causing ripples in the carpet.

So what should you do if the carpet has been wet?

If a small area has been affected, pull back the carpet to allow airflow. Lift the underlay as well if possible. Try not to lift more than a foot or 2 from a corner of a room otherwise you may find you need the help of a professional to relay and re-stretch the carpet. Create air-flow in the room with a pedestal fan and use the air-conditioner if possible. Air-conditioners act as dehumidifiers taking moisture out of the air creating a better drying environment. 

If you can smell any mould or fungal growth, or notice you or family members have itchy eyes or runny noses then there is probably mould growth in the affected area which means that there is still moisture in or under the carpet. In this case, we suggest you call a professional to inspect the carpet - you may wish to notify them in advance.

If your carpet has been significantly affected (more than a metre of floor area) then you may require professionals. If it’s been a few days since the carpet was initially affected and it’s still wet, then the carpet needs to be attended to immediately to prevent permanent damage and mould growth.

A carpet restorer will lift the carpet and install equipment to quickly dry the carpet and subfloor as well as sanitise and clean the carpet. If the carpet is not restorable due to mould growth, delamination or other factors then a professional carpet restorer such as Electrodry can provide the required report for your insurance company.

Act Quickly

The faster the carpet is tended to, the less likely the risk of permanent damage and or mould contamination. Electrodry is a qualified carpet restorer and can assist you with carpet drying and reinstallation as well as carpet cleaning and mould decontamination. Electrodry can also directly bill your insurance company to simplify the process for you.

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