Water Damaged Rug Cleaning & Treatment
Excess rain, broken pipes, and flooding wreak havoc on rugs. To keep damage at a minimum, water must be removed quickly. Expert help is needed. Technicians arrive with state-of-the-art, powerful equipment that will extract the water. Certified restoration experts have the training necessary to deal with emergency water removal. They provide advice about minimizing the damage until the crew arrives.
• Stop the water source, if possible.
• If it can be done safely, turn off the electricity. Remove small electrical devices from the areas. Remove small electrical devices from areas of excess water.
• Avoid walking on wet rugs.
• Place aluminum foil beneath furniture legs or remove furnishings from the rug. This aids in preventing permanent furniture stain rust.
• Pin furniture skirts and hang draperies to avoid contact with wet rugs.
• Remove high-value, moisture-sensitive, and breakable items. Items that can stain rugs should be removed. Check under furnishings like beds.
• Plan for furniture to be moved into dry areas by the restoration crew.
• After handling items that are damaged, wash your hands.
• Do not use home or shop vacs to remove water. The safety precaution avoids the possibility of being shocked by an electric current.
• Do not turn on air conditioners, heaters, or fans. Then can spread contamination. This is especially important in sewage-related situations.
Professionals Remove the Water
Any free-standing water is physically removed with extraction equipment the crew brings to the home. Water is extracted from the rugs. Padding is removed to allow proper drying. The drying time for a rug is approximately 12 hours. Elevating the rug and using fans will speed the drying process. High humidity can delay drying time. Dehumidifiers are utilized to assist drying the environment.
The rug must be disinfected after extracting the excess water. Rugs do not have to be replaced if the technician considers the water to be sanitary. Traffic on the rug should be kept to a minimum until the rug is completely dry. Latex, holding primary and secondary backing, weakens when wet. Excessive traffic causes delamination. Latex regains the majority of its strength when it dries.
Professional grade dehumidifying and drying equipment dries the affected areas and returns the home’s humidity level to normal. Proper techniques in extraction and drying reduce costs and minimize the potential for microbial growth and secondary damage. Professionals monitor the drying process. Drying equipment is repositioned as needed. The rug padding should be discarded. Unsanitary water sources that cause water damage to rugs should be considered a health threat. The rug must be discarded and other surfaces evaluated. When the belongings and home are dry, everything is put back where it belongs.
The experts work with insurance agents to process an insurance claim. Water restoration specialists are certified by the Institute of Inspecting Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The ICRC is the most accepted certification program and is widely recognized in the industry. These individuals are trained and prepared for emergency water removal tasks. The trained technicians have your home clean, dry, and back to normal quickly.