Wet Carpet Flood Tips
Drying Wet Carpet Guide
The following guide is to assist you in flood wet carpet drying work.
As hurriedly as possible, do away with the source of the water!
- If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers to wet carpet areas. Then, remove any small electrical devices from those areas.
- Avoid walking on wet carpet any more than needed.
- Remove small furnishings from wet carpet, or place coasters under legs. To help prevent rust, so, furniture stains which, maybe, become permanent.
- Hang draperies, also, pin up furniture skirts to avoid contact with wet carpet floors. This helps to prevent water stains..
- Remove breakables, therefore, high-value items, books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants. Also, any other items off the wet carpet that may stain, because, it could stain carpets. Check under beds, also, other furniture.
- Plan for flood water staining flood guys to move furniture, into, dry carpet or floor areas.
- Make sure to wash hands after handling affected items.
- To avoid the chance of electrical shock, so, do not use a home vacuum or shop vac to remove water from wet carpet.
- If sewage related, do not handle any contaminated items. Do not turn on fans, heating, or air con units as they may spread the contamination.
- Call a flood wet carpet professional, who is allied with you for insurance, when you call direct.
Urgent Flood Response
Why It Is Necessary to Act Quickly.
While each case is unique, water damage follows a similar pattern.
Be as quickly as possible, therefore, here is what will, therefore, happen over time.
Less than an hour Flood Preparation
- Water quickly spreads to other areas.
- Furniture may stain carpet.
- Upholstery furniture may discolor.
- Paper goods, probably, ruined.
1 – 24 Hours Flood Secondary Damages
- Furniture swells; legs can split.
- Pressed custom wood swells.
- Bacterial odor becomes apparent.
- Metal surfaces will rust.
- Normal household odors strengthen.
2 – 7 Days Flood Secondary Damages
- Mould growth will, probably, will appear, finally, a “musty” odor smell.
- Jib wall swell and get soft.
- Metal surfaces begin to rust.
- Door and window casings swell, and, distort
- Wood tongue and groove begin to swell, warp, or split.
- Electronic goods, may malfunction.
- Occupants with respiratory problems, asthma, also, compromised immune systems, probably, will experience distress.
One Week and Longer Flood Secondary Damages
- Microbial growth, as a result, of growth will appear, accompanied by a “musty” odor.
- Wood components warp, also, split.
- Chemicals within wood dissolve, discolor, or destroy finishes.
- Claim costs escalate dramatically.
- Health hazards will, probably, occur.