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Types of Carpet Water Damage And How To Deal With Them
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 April 2011 02:28 Written by admin Wednesday, 27 April 2011 05:55
A carpet water damage can be terrible, especially if it occurs following floods. Some of the people that have faced a similar problem in the past took the easiest way out – buying a new carpet. While buying a new carpet is unavoidable in some cases, the older one can work if properly treated. So, the first thing one would find out is the source of the flood water.
It can be categorized as black, unsanitary, and sanitary water. Most people feel safer reusing carpets that have been wetted by sanitary flooding. This kind of flooding is clean and safer. If you are facing this kind of problem now, there are few things to do.
ü Prohibit movement of people on the wet carpet as this would damage the carpet’s latex( it holds together the first and second backings of the carpet) further.
ü You must identify and control the origin of the water, of course, and remove any other item that would damage the carpet further
ü Contact professionals in your local area if you feel the water damage is severe and would require expert restoration.
ü Buy stain resist products or treatments if there is a chance that the floor mat would remain wet for longer than half a day.
ü Look for devices that may enhance the drying process of the mat such as dehumidifiers, fans and so on.
The other kind is unsanitary flooding, often contaminated with sewage, dishwasher overflows, or any other harmful overflows. To protect human health and fitness, the contaminated carpets should be either damped or thoroughly disinfected. If the latter should occur, the person doing it must wear glooves and other protective gear like gumboots and eyewear.
This kind of flooding can pose some threats to human health but not in the same way the black type would. This is the kind of flood water that has remained untreated for a very long period. Since it contains raw sewer, or any other severely harmful dirt, this kind of water is very unsanitary.
If it contaminates a floor and its carpet, humans should no longer make use of them. They are better off discarded to avoid causing terrible diseases. In some cases, even the flooring material that has come into contact with this kind of water can be removed and thrown away.
Now that you know the main types, cleaning the soiled carpet should not be very difficult. As you might have realized so far, there is a degree of contamination that you cannot handle. You may need professional help to get rid of unsanitary or black water drainage issues. Besides, floods affect a big area and it means that the professional work would be necessary to eliminate the flood water first.
After this people can be allowed to repair their homes. Although floods are rare, their occurrence is so unpredictable just as the weather conditions are. So, you are better off armed with the right information since you can use it to help others. Even though flooding may never happen in your locality, your own compound drainage pipes may leak or rapture and cause a major water damage mess.