Cleaning Carpet After Water Damage

Dealing with the after effects of water damage is one of the most important and stressful things that you will do in post-situation of water damage.  You will go through the ruined possessions you own in order to see what can be saved and what may need to go.  One of the most important clean-ups that you can do post-water damage is right under your feet.  You need to take care of your carpets.

Carpeting is great to have in the home.  It keeps your bare feet warm in a cold house, and there is no feeling like running your toes through a carpet that has just been vacuumed.  It’s a nice amenity.

However, in the presence of water, your carpet can hold water like a sponge, and it is important to make sure that water is cleaned out of the carpet and dried so that no issues can come from it.  Now you may ask, “a little bit of wetness in my carpet is not a bad thing”.  This may be true, but even a small water spill can become trapped in the carpet, and when it does, it will allow for mold to form and grow feeding on all the organic materials trapped in your carpet.  Before you know it, there might be a large mold issue.

In extreme water damage, drying of carpets becomes a necessity.  Luckily, this is a simple procedure that either you can do or if you want a professional water restoration company to work on it, this allows you to be confident in the results.

In tackling carper clean-up, the first thing you need to do is identify the source of the water damage and end the influx of water coming into the area.  You can spend hours removing water, but if you are not fixing the water problem, then you are doing very little to prevent the issue.  Water can enter through a leaky/busted pipe, condensation, leaks in the roof, and many other points.  Fix this problem first.

The next task would be to remove the water from the area as soon as possible.  Use a wet/dry vac in order to gather up all water.  As the wet/dry vac fills, you can empty the contents down drains and toilets assuming these are not the cause of the original water issue.  You can either purchase a good wet/dry vac from a local hardware store or they can be rented for just such occasions from hardware rentals in your area.  Get one or two as soon as you can.

As the water is being removed, use fans to help move the drying process along.  By having a constant flow of air on the wet areas, it acts as a way to quickly dry the areas through circulating fresh air over the wet areas of carpet.

A dehumidifier will also benefit water clean-up as it will constantly move water out of the air and the carpet.  As the basin of the dehumidifier fills, remember to empty it in a suitable location.  Run the dehumidifier non-stop for several days until the moisture is removed.

You will want to sanitize the walls and baseboards of the affected areas.  Remember that mold needs food sources and moisture to grow.  Through sanitizing the areas, you can prevent mold from gaining a true foothold in the affected areas.  Be careful not to mix cleaning agents as some will produce toxic fumes that can be very harmful to people.

Clean-up of water can be a very arduous task, but immediate response and action can prevent you from having thousands of dollars spent in a professional remediation.  Be diligent in the clean-up of water, and your home will be as good as new before you know it.


Call Water Damage Zone today (877) 520-1923  your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips. You can also visit our sister company for further information on restoration services at Best American Builders.

We specialize in the following services:

  • 24/7 Emergency Response, Water Extraction, Water Damage
  • Direct Billing to Insurance, Locally Owned and Operated
  • Water Cleanup, Water Dry outs, Visual Mold Inspections, Sewage Damage Cleanup
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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

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