It would be an ill informed individual that would choose to down play the critical nature of water damage. Being flooding, a leak in the pipes, there are a myriad sources through which water can encroach upon the sanctity of your living space, eliciting devastating consequences.
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Carpeting is one of those areas most critically attacked by water leaks, and nowhere can this issue prove more disastrous than in the basement. Whether through cracks in the foundation, damaged plumbing pipes, faulty boilers, when a leak of one sort or another occurs it is always critical to act immediately to mitigate drastic occurrences.
A water saturated carpet in basement is breeding ground for Mildew and mold, organic elements that will prove detrimental to the health of all those individuals that share a domicile; and this doesn’t take into account cracking likely to occur on the floor as a result of water allowed to pool in the spaces between the floor and the carpet.
The first step is always to determine what actions you as an individual can take to counter the damage likely to occur from wet carpeting, with steps including the following:
- The first step is to always open the windows, if there are any to begin with, the idea being to allow fresh air to flow into the basement. All items, be it boxes or furniture that are contact with the wet carpet should be removed from the basement.
- You will, at this point, have to turn to a dry vacuum to draw the water out of the carpet, though taking care not to press too hard as you might end up pushing the water further into the carpet and the corners. This process will require multiple attempts, emptying the vacuum container each time, until there is finally no more water to drain.
- You will need to secure multiple large fans which you will strategically position across the basement such that air flows over the carpet, the process proving effective in expediting the drying process.
- A dehumidifier is essential to draw out moisture from the air, further mitigating the occurrence of mold and mildew. You will have to use dehumidifiers in conjunction with fans for several hours each day, over a considerable period of time, until the carpet shows signs of drying. At this point you can return to the dry vacuum; eventually, with the fans turned to their highest setting, the carpet will dry.
But of course one must realize that there is only so much an individual can do in some cases. There are emergencies that prove too overwhelming for a home owner to handle; like when the carpet is completely saturated. IN such cases you have no choice but to turn to the services of professionals like Tidal Wave Response in Metro Atlanta.
As explained, water damage is a critical occurrence worthy of the description of emergency; you must understand that your carpet need only remain wet for 72 hours before it is formally classified as a category 3 black water loss; at which point no cleaning or extraction services will make much difference, in which case you will have to remove the carpet and padding.
You do not want to contact Tidal Wave Response at such a late point in time where their only role would be to analyze the damage caused, possibly make use of thermal imaging systems to ascertain the length to which the drywall has been corrupted, and take steps to pretty much overhaul that portion of your premises.
Along with contending against roof leaks, sewer backups, sink/toilet irritations and foundation cracks, it is imperative that one contact the proper authorities the moment water damage occurs; such firms understand the critical nature of a saturated carpet in basement, usually responding in less than 60 minutes, with the aim of mitigating damage, working with your insurance to analyze the extent of the destruction and executing restoration processes where necessary.