The water damage restoration process is a complex procedure that requires the use of specialized equipment. This is why it’s important to call in a professional water damage restoration company.
The presence of moisture and damp conditions favor mold and mildew growth. These organisms can contaminate carpet, wood, drywall, furniture and other materials.
Whether your carpets can be saved depends on the type and severity of water damage. It also depends on how long they’ve been soaked, since the longer a material is exposed to water, the more damage it suffers.
Professionals examine the extent of the damage and its origin to classify it. Water damaged materials are typically classified as Category 1, 2, or 3. Category 1 is clean water, such as rainwater, clean washing machine or dishwasher overflows, and clean toilet overflows without fecal matter.
Class 2 is gray water that contains contaminants and can cause sickness if swallowed or touched. If not treated within 48 hours, this type of damage will progress to black water (sewage). Blackwater is a serious health hazard and requires immediate restoration.
Mold and mildew thrive in warm environments such as those found inside carpets. Wet carpets provide a breeding ground for these contaminants which can affect your health in a variety of ways, including itchy eyes, nose and throat and wheezing. When long-term exposure occurs, your health can be seriously harmed.
Whether your carpet is wet from category 1 (clean water) or category 3 (dirty, contaminated water that contains sewage and/or other harmful bacteria), it’s important to act quickly to prevent these organisms from spreading. The longer your carpet remains wet, the greater the risk of mold and mildew. You should also sanitize walls and baseboards that may be exposed to the spores. This is especially important if you have infants, children, elderly adults or anyone with a respiratory condition like asthma.
Sewer line backups, septic system problems, or other plumbing issues can cause sewage to back up into homes and businesses. This is a highly unpleasant and dangerous situation that requires immediate attention. If carpet and/or pad has been impacted by sewage, it should be discarded and replaced. The longer sewage sits in a home, the more bacteria is produced.
It is important to note that if your home or business experiences category 3 water damage, you should never attempt to salvage carpets involved in this type of event. Category 3 water is also known as black water, and it contains serious contaminants like bacteria, fungus, parasites, and viruses.
Wet carpets emit foul odors that aren’t just unattractive. They can also negatively impact your health, especially if you suffer from breathing issues or a weakened immune system. Lingering odors may be the sign of mold and mildew growth, a dangerous fungus that can cause respiratory problems and gastrointestinal discomfort.
If a musty smell persists after you’ve cleaned the carpet and its underlying padding, consider bringing in a restoration professional to inspect for fungus. Avoid spraying the area with air fresheners or using scented carpet products – these only mask the odor, rather than eliminate it. Instead, use dehumidifiers and fans to reduce humidity levels and speed up the drying process. White distilled vinegar works well as an odor neutralizer. It can be sprayed directly on the carpeting, then allowed to dry.
If you discover water damage to your carpeting, it is important that you call in professionals to save what you can. The extent of carpet water damage will determine whether or not your carpet can be restored, cleaned, or discarded.
Stagnant water that sits on top of your carpet can cause serious structural leaks and problems. You may notice stains on ceilings, roof or drywall as well as signs of water seepage.
Drywall and wood absorb moisture from the wet carpet, which can result in warping, swelling and rotting. Moisture also promotes mold and mildew growth which can make your home a health hazard for your family. The best way to avoid these dangers is to find the source of the water and address it as soon as possible.