How to Dry Out Soaked Carpeting and Padding in a Flood

Flooding on carpeting occurs very frequently. Many of the homes in OB have carpeting not only on the first floor but also the second and third floors in multi-level homes / buildings. There are better ways to dry out and save the carpeting in these cases other than replacing the carpeting. And there are considerations other than wet carpeting to pay attention to when dryout out the area (i.e. perimeter wet drywall, cabinetry, furniture, etc).

The first step in most flood cases is to shut off the water supply. If it is from a clean water source (i.e. a supply line) then there is usually a main shutoff valve either in the garage, near the water heater, at the perimeter of the building, and/or at the curb. Get this turned off immediately to minimize damage.

The source of the water is a HUGE factor in how to deal with the flood. For example, if it is sewage water then the carpet and padding SHOULD be replaced. If it is a clean water source that has been seen within say a few hours then the carpeting and padding can be dried in place. If it is in-between “grey” water that, for example, has been sitting for a day or so but doesn’t show microbial growth and/or is from an overflowed washing machine or dishwasher that has fairly harmless yet still un-consumable water within it, the padding should be replaced and the carpet can be dried in place. We are going to assume that the water is from a clean water source for this article.

For clean water sourced water damage, the next step is removing the water. We at Dry Express Restoration have a weighted extractor that will suck 85 – 95% of the water through the carpeting and padding without having to remove either one (see photos below). Additionally, we can put furniture up on blocks so that they do not have to be packed off-site, into another room, nor into a temporary storage container. Furthermore, the padding can be saved. Most other companies will remove the pad (which holds most of the moisture) and “float” the carpet which means putting fans underneath in an attempt to dry them out. Our state-of-the-art machines eliminate all of this and reduces the time needed on-site.

For a 1,000 SF finished floor, our process can save you between 40 – 60% on costs. The costs savings are in labor to NOT have to remove and replace the padding, NOT have to remove and reset the furniture, and time NOT have to be spent longer on-site since the padding will not need to be replaced.

After our technicians remove nearly all water from the carpeting and pad then we would place dehumidifiers and airmovers to remove the remaining moisture. The moisture content of all items would be tested the day we arrive and each day until the moisture comes back to normal.

Additionally, we would check and dry if needed the areas surrounding the water loss. These could include but not be limited to drywall, baseboards, subflooring, hardwood floors, cabinets, underlayment beneath linoleum, furniture, insulation, etc.


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