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What to do when your Carpet gets wet


What to do if your carpet gets wet

Whether from weather-induced flooding, a burst pipe or a sump pump problem, having wet carpet can create big headaches. If you have water on your carpet get it out as quick as you can.

 

Glue-Down Carpet & Loose Lay with No Pad
*Use a wet-vac to carefully and thoroughly remove as much water as you can. Slowly moving the nozzle over each area will remove more water then quickly sweeping back & forth.
*Use fans and blowers to circulate air over the carpet. If the weather permits, open windows to reduce excess humidity and speed up the drying process. Use dehumidifiers to further reduce humidity.

Loose Lay with Pad
*Pull carpet up to remove and dispose of the carpet padding. Once you have removed the padding lay the carpet back down flat.
*Use a wet-vac to carefully and thoroughly remove as much water as you can. Slowly moving the nozzle over each area will remove more water then quickly sweeping back & forth.
*Use fans and blowers to circulate air over the carpet. If the weather permits, open windows to reduce excess humidity and speed up the drying process. Use dehumidifiers to further reduce humidity.

Carpet is Installed over Pad
*Carefully pull up the carpet to avoid damaging it. Use a pair of plier to firmly grip the carpet at the corner. Once you have the carpet started, it should lift away from the tack strip.
*You are pulling up the carpet so you can remove and dispose of the padding that is underneath the carpet. Once you have the padding removed, lay the carpet back down flat
*Use a wet-vac to carefully and thoroughly remove as much water as you can. Slowly moving the nozzle over each area will remove more water then quickly sweeping back & forth.
*Use fans and blowers to circulate air over the carpet. If the weather permits, open windows to reduce excess humidity and speed up the drying process. Use dehumidifiers to further reduce humidity.

You will want to monitor the drying process to be sure your carpet dries quickly. It may be necessary to repositions fans and blowers so the carpet dries evenly.
Once the carpet is completely dried call Thornton Flooring at 605-368-2568 to install your new padding and re-install your now dried carpet. It could be impossible to re-install your carpet if it has shrunk too much, or if the backing starts to separate.

 

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