Drying Tips for Water Damage

If there’s a flood or leak in your home you need to act quickly to try and repair or restore items that have been damaged by water. There will be things that are permanently damaged, but you should sift through what can be saved.

Your carpet is a big target for water leaks. Determine whether or not the water from the leak or flood is coming from sanitary water, which comes from pipes or rain, or if it’s unsanitary water that comes from toilets, underground or sewage. Black or murky water that floods onto your carpets means that you should get rid of the carpet, as well as the carpet padding. Water damage can bring up serious health hazards even if it’s sanitary water, because moisture allows mold and bacteria to thrive.

D.Y.I Process for drying water-damaged areas:

  1. Move the furniture away from the water-damaged area.

  2. Disinfect the area that has been damaged by water. Mix about 3 tablespoons of bleach with a gallon of water and scrub the cleaning solution to the wet areas.

  3. Make sure the room is ventilated very well.

  4. Switch out the carpet padding. Reach the carpet padding by using a box-cutter. Keep the surface carpet elevated when removing the padding underneath. Put the new carpet padding in, and lay the carpet back down starting form the inside and moving out towards the edges.

  5. Adhere the carpet back down to the tack board with something strong.

  6. Acquire heavy-duty fans to blow directly onto the carpet for about 30 hours minimum. Use a dehumidifier to speed up the drying process.

If the carpet doesn’t seem to be getting dryer after about 12 hours, you will probably need to replace the carpet completely.

Carpet Cleaning D.I.Y. Tips

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Carpet flooring is by far a favorite for homeowners because there are quite a few advantages it has over tile or wooden flooring. No matter what look you are going for, carpet flooring can make a home look just right. There’s extra comfort in carpets, especially when you’re walking around barefoot, and it provides more warmth than other types of flooring.

The negative about having carpet flooring is the stains. Accidents happen all the time, and tiny spills here and there can build up and become unappealing to the eye, as well as it can become a hazard to the atmosphere of your home. Once a spill happens, you must act upon it immediately, blotting out the stain the best you can with cleaners. A weekly vacuuming of the carpet is also a plus. For areas that aren’t used as frequently, vacuum once a week. For areas that are used often, try to vacuum them twice a week. There are also tips and tricks you can learn to lift particular types of stains.

Examples:

Wine stains need to be cleaned with cold water and salt before being vacuumed. Acid stains need to be cleaned with baking soda, cold water and club soda. Both need to be blotted and not rubbed in.

If your carpets meet a flood or water damage, make sure you have your carpets serviced by a certified and trusted carpet cleaning company. If you attempt to clean up the flood damage, you will more than likely miss spots that can create mold and mildew. In addition, you should have major pet stains or burned parts cleaned up by professionals as well.

If you have plush carpeting, make sure to vacuum the carpet at least twice. Once through will not be enough for a plush type of carpet. For areas with heavy traffic, make sure to go over the carpet in a criss-cross pattern and go over them several times. Make sure to clean your carpets well, and they’ll have a long life.