If your basement is flooded, saving your carpet and other possessions from water damage might be a race against the clock. Oversaturated earth around your home, an overflowing river or stream, a damaged sump pump, storm sewer backup, a burst pipe, defective appliance or plumbing fixture, and even seepage through the foundation floor or walls can all contribute to a flooded basement.
What should you do if your carpet floods?
- Remove the water – If you have standing water, such as in a flooded basement, remove as much as you can with wet-dry vacuums or pumps. You can generally rent a wet-dry vac from a local hardware store if you don’t possess one. If the area is smaller, big towels can also be used to sponge up water from the carpet. Using your hands, remove as much water as possible.
- Evaluate the carpet damage – Some carpets can be preserved depending on the type of water and the intensity of the flood. Wet cushioning, especially in greywater floods, cannot be stated the same. Carpet padding acts like a gigantic sponge, absorbing bacteria and other hazardous elements from floodwater. You should remove the carpet from the tack strip and destroy the padding as quickly as possible.Remove the rolled-up carpet from the premises. This will also allow the subfloor to dry completely, eliminating additional damage.
- Call the Experts – It’s best to call the professionals at Prestigious Professional Carpet Care if your carpet padding is wet or worse flooded. We can help you extract water you can see and water you can’t. We can dry carpet, carpet padding, tile and grout, hardwood floors, natural stone, concrete, laminate flooring, and vinyl flooring. Call us today at 412-295-3078 to learn more about how our services can benefit you.