Flooding is one of the worst residential disasters that homeowners can face. Water can severely damage your home, belongings, and your health, especially if mold has started to grow. This is why homeowners need flood damage cleanup to happen quickly and efficiently. As a rule of thumb, if flooding isn’t cleaned up within 48 hours your carpets and other waterlogged items can end up being a total loss.
Is the Carpet Salvageable After Flood Damage?
Carpets that are removable and area rugs can be sent out for professional cleaning after the water is removed from the room. Unfortunately, carpets that are installed with padding underneath are usually lost after being waterlogged. Installed carpets are nearly impossible to sanitize properly after flood damage cleanup and need to be thrown out and replaced in most cases.
Cleaning Wet Carpets
Not every flooding incident is a total disaster. Carpets that are waterlogged from overfilled tubs, running kitchen sinks, or smaller accidents can be cleaned up by using a wet/dry shop vacuum. This professional-grade vacuum sucks out the water.
If the carpets have been deeply saturated, but you want to try to save them, you may need to pull up the carpet to ensure adequate drying. You’ll also need to replace the padding underneath to prevent mold and spray with disinfectant after drying completely. There are also deodorizers that can help with the smell of wet carpet as it is drying. Fans and open windows will also help with air circulation, fresh scent, and faster drying.
When it comes to flood damage cleanup, professional mitigation is always a great idea. Mold is always a risk after any kind of water damage and, unfortunately, mold is not also seen or smelled until the growth is significant. Let professionals handle the cleanup. Calling a professional will remove the water and the stress. Relax and know the home is clean, sanitary, and free of mold after a flood.
If you’re in need of flood damage cleanup in Pittsburgh, call ServiceMaster of Greater Pittsburg at 412-826-1010.