Considering the variables from burst pipes, broken appliances, sewage backups, and even natural causes, the odds of experiencing water damage inside your home is high. With water flooding your home, the floor is the first thing to become endangered by water damage, and if not quickly and efficiently processed, the damage can be detrimental and costly. Carpets in particular are most susceptible to mold, mildew, bacteria and other contaminants potentially getting locked in the fibers, which not only expedites the structures deterioration, but can pose a harmful health risk to you and your family. With professional assistance, you can save money on home repairs and avoid serious health risks. With that in mind, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share the basics when it comes to the process used by experts.
Extraction of Standing Water
Removing the water is the professional’s first concern. To ensure efficiency and to spare your possessions of further damage, all furniture and clutter is moved to a dry location. Once it has been removed, the experts can identify the extent of the problem and effectively remove the water. Evaluation of the carpeting, padding, baseboards, casing, drywall, and insulation is extremely important due to the porous nature and the ability to facilitate the growth of mold and other microbes. Determining what can be saved after an in depth inspection is conducted once the standing water is completely extracted is the secondary concern as the professional is focused on immediately starting the water extraction process. To start the procedure after all the possessions are removed, professional quality water pumps are placed to pull the water up and contain it for disposal.
Complete Drying Procedure
After the water is extracted, the next step is to remove the lingering moisture. Specialists strategically setup industrial strength air mover fans and dehumidifiers in optimal patterns to expedite the drying process. The dehumidifiers are utilized to ensure the excess moisture in the air is drawn out, where the wicking moisture off of the saturated materials is from the fans circulating air around the wet items. Professionals are able to easily monitor the progress by using moisture meters during the drying process. These moisture meters are equipped with probes that detect the level of moisture in a specific location; allowing the technician to assess the rate the carpet and other affected areas are drying. Typically, the drying phase takes several days, but depending on how quickly you got professional services, the current climate conditions, and the extent of the water damage impacts how long it takes to drive.
Deep Carpet Cleaning, Sanitizing & Deodorizing
The carpets and possibly the subfloor, depending on the surrounding circumstances, will need to be deeply cleaned and treated for proper sanitation and neutralizing the odors following the complete drying of the structure and carpeting. The carpets are at a high risk of absorbing bacteria and odors due to the composition of the fibers, particularly the water damage derived from backed up sewers. With detergents designed to destroy harmful microbes and powerful equipment, specialists will meticulously provide a detailed carpet cleaning. Additional treatments may be applied if the professionals believe that the carpets need more than the sanitizing and deodorizing effects the first cleaning did. By the end of the service, your carpets are immaculate and fresh after being effectively sanitized and deodorized.