Drying Wet Carpet FAQ
Q. What do I do when I first notice flood wet carpet water damage
Following a water-related incident, quickly switch off circuit breakers that distribute power to flooded areas. Remember that safety comes first. If you think it is unsafe or even if you are not sure, call us 1st ont 376 7007 or 021 287 5454 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2nd Call your insurance company to inform them of the damage. This drying wet carpet FAQs guide should help. If not or you are unsure, immediately make arrangements to stay elsewhere.
Q. How long will it take my property for proper structure and carpet drying
The drying process depends on several factors including location, duration and source of water, the types of building materials, the weather conditions and how quickly emergency services begin. Time table depends on many scenarios such as carpet, underlay, sub floor, skirting boards, walls and structure. We use moisture meters to find and monitor the moisture in walls etc to insure satisfactory drying. The general rule of time table is:
3 days – Carpet only
4 days – Underlay and carpet
5 days – Sub flooring, walls, underlay and carpet (in most cases)
7 days – For significantly affected structure or double stuck installations
Q. How fast will mold and bacteria start to grow after flood drying
Within hours. Call us on 376 7007 or 021 287 5454 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Q. What are the causes of a flood
Even though the most obvious causes of water damage are severe forces of nature, such as hurricanes or flood, a simple rainfall or snowfall causing a leak somewhere can result in water damage.
Q. Should I open the windows to help the drying process
Outside weather conditions may vary, so the technician will determine when and if the outside air is appropriate.
Q. Can my carpet be dried restored or will it have to be replaced
Although it varies from case to case, here are a few reasons your carpet drying may not be salvageable:
De lamination: Occurs when the backing separates from the carpet fiber.
Q. Why are carpet dryers, air movers and dehumidifiers used
Water can be absorbed into the drywall, baseboards, sub-flooring when water damage occurs. Drying these surfaces requires high-velocity air movers to accelerate the release of absorbed water into the air. It is necessary to place dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture to help protect property and create conditions for efficient drying.
Customer Flood Information
The following information is to assist you in understanding the system for flood restoration work.
Flood Call out
Auckland Steam n Dry will try to be on site within an hour, to minimize secondary flood damage.
Things You Will Need to Do upon the flood
On our first call-out please provide the technician with the following for our mutual benefit:
a. Provide us with insurance details: Insurer, policy holder, policy number, claim number, excess amount.
b. Pay excess amount to the Technician on the initial visit.
How long will it be before the flood restoration is dry and complete
It is important to allow the drying to complete satisfactory as if not dried properly it will create a long term/permanent unhealthy, musty mold smell from black mold grown within the buildings structure. Black mold can be be carcinogenic. Also wooden sub floor and structure root damage.
Successful Flood Restoration
Air movers blows dry air under to dry carpet (or above for glued down carpeting) – which draws the dampness out of the walls and sub flooring also and dispels the moisture into the air for the dehumidifier to remove.
Dehumidifier rentals. To draw out moisture to IICRC industry standards. To draw the dampness out of the hard surfaces which are generally the last areas to dry.
- Your carpet may brown during the drying process. Do not be too concerned, because, this usually comes out with the carpet cleaning out.
- We may need to make service calls to monitor the dry down with none evasive moisture meters for hard surfaces, moisture probes for sub flooring, underlay and a hydro sensor for air relative humidity readings.
- What happens next – Our office will phone you to make appointments for completing the restoration process.
These drying wet carpet flood tips are provided to you from Graeme Stephens an IICRC 2001 Master Restoration Technician. To help you best care for your home, also, save on unnecessary mold health issues or replacement costs. For the the p clean experts, call 0800 783-266, or email Auckland Steam n Dry