Recovering From a Flood
From lost belongings to damaged structural materials, the results of a flood can be difficult to overcome. One interior item that is generally heavily affected in a home is carpeting. When it comes to carpet, the determining factor of whether it can be saved is the actual source of the flooding itself. In general, if the floodwater was caused by runoff seeping into your home from the yard and consisted of clean water, you are safe to simply dry and clean the carpets. However, if the floodwater was contaminated, such as from sewage, the carpet should be completely disposed of for health safety reasons.
After determining the source of the flooding, you may decide it is safe to clean your carpets. To do so, you can either have it professionally cleaned, likely an easier option, or you can dry and shampoo it yourself. Either way, you’ll want to make a few important considerations. Even if you are cleaning the carpet, you most likely will want to replace the padding beneath the carpet, as this layer is extremely absorbent and is, in turn, almost impossible to clean. As you begin the cleaning process, the carpeting needs to be dried as quickly as possible. Using a wet/dry vacuum to remove the excess water saturating the carpet will help the carpet dry more quickly. Also, placing a dehumidifier in the room will help remove excess water as will ventilating the space with fans, open windows, and air conditioning. After drying the carpet, the flooring must be vacuumed to remove excess debris and any remaining soil particles. Once dried and vacuumed, the carpet can be shampooed, dried, and then vacuumed again. While time consuming, this process is sufficient for cleaning carpet that has been flooded by clean water.
If the carpets have been contaminated, removing them and conducting a thorough cleaning of the space is the best option. The most important thing to keep in mind is protecting the rest of the home and flooring from exposure to the contaminated water. Drying the carpet exposed to contaminated water is also important prior to removal to avoid a larger contamination site. The same techniques for drying uncontaminated carpets can be used; however individuals must be very careful to thoroughly clean up any materials and products used. Choosing a trusted water damage repair or flood damage service is helpful for identifying the appropriate method for removal and disposal.
The process of cleaning up after a flood can be very difficult. Even after cleaning, a musty smell or humid feeling may permeate the room. An experienced flood damage company, like Certified Priority Restoration, offers skilled services and can help you avoid any lingering effects of water or flood damage. If you are interested in learning more about the effects of water and moisture on your home or business property, or how to remove water and dry out a flooded building, you are invited to contact Certified Priority Restoration at 561-847-3495 in Palm Beach County or 954-874-8016 in Broward County.