Important things to know when handling water damaged carpets

Important things to know when handling water damaged carpets

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Let’s face it, nobody likes the smell of damp carpeting in their home and in many cases it can be quite hazardous to people’s health. Flood waters can contain bacteria or numerous other disease carrying contaminants. If the water is not extracted properly it can lead to water damage to the property and long term health issues for people living there for an extended period of time. This can create a hazardous environment for many people.

When your house gets flooded, due to any number of reasons such as leaking pipes, broken pump etc, and you have carpeting in that area, it’s important to extract the water from the carpet. Now one may ask, what’s the problem with cleaning the carpet? Isn’t it the same material as towels or any other fabric? The problem with carpeting is that it can become soggy, and begin to attract allergen materials.
Here’s a list of important things to know when handling water damaged carpets.

Can your carpet can be saved?
The first step is to determine the source of the water damage and how long it has affected your carpet. Depending on both these factors, you will be able to assess the extent of damage. Then comes the tough decision of deciding whether or not it’s worth saving your carpet.

If the damage is minimal, you may not need to remove any of your carpet. You can opt for easy DIY remedies. However, if the water damage is coming from a sewage leak source, then you should avail the services of a professional cleaning company like Classique Chem-Dry. Our experienced and qualified technicians have the expertise and right equipment to handle any sanitisation and carpet cleaning involved.

What are the categories of water involved in water damage?
Water damage is not the same in all cases. It is mainly categorized as from the source of the water damage. Identifying this helps to understand and tackle the water damage effectively. There are three different levels or categories of water damage.

Category 1: Clean water
This is if a water pipe breaks and soaks the floor or from any clean and sanitary sources like broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows, water faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. Though this is the least harmful in regards to removal, it could degrade to category 2 level if not cleaned quickly. The quickest solution to this type of water damage is turning off the source of the water and cleaning up the excess water.

Category 2: Grey water
This is chemically contaminated water that can come from chlorinated water being emptied from household utility appliances or where water has been “used”. This includes water overflowing or draining from washing machines / dishwashers, toilet water overflow, etc. In many cases if proper extracting chemicals are used, the carpet can be safe for removal. Grey water has a level of contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Hence it is dangerous for the people living or coming in contact with the water damage.

Category 3: Dirty / Unsanitary water
In case of dirty water, the carpet would need to be completely removed, because of the dangerously unsanitary contaminants in the water. This type of water damage includes water from sewage, sewer backup, toilet overflow with faeces and flooding from river or streams. Stagnant water that has become a habitat for bacterial growth is also categorized as dirty water. This type of water is biologically hazardous to a person’s health and could cause serious illness or even death if ingested.

How to start the water extraction process?
Water extraction is one of the most important things to do in case of water damage. With the use of specialized vacuums and dehumidifiers in order to remove water from the area you can ensure thorough removal of all the moisture parts from the carpeted areas. After this is done then the area will be sprayed down with decontaminants in order to prevent the spread of mould in the carpeted areas.

Call in the professionals.
When you are faced with water damage on your property and need the best of care for your carpets, give us a call. Classique Chem-Dry can handle all of these problems. With our trained staff we can help mitigate any type of water damage that may have occurred at your home. One of the primary aspects of water damage restoration is having a specially trained staff, and at Classique Chem-Dry you have qualified experts, specialized equipment and support readily available.

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