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saving your carpet after a flooding issue

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks, tub overflows, or dishwasher leaks in your Fort Worth property, water can quickly spread throughout your home. Whenever moisture gets into a structure, the carpet can get damaged. Carpet fibers are porous so water can soak into the material and hold moisture. If carpeting gets saturated, glues can weaken causing the backing to peel away from the fibers. 

Carpet can also hold in moisture causing microbes to develop on the surface of the sub-floor underneath. When mitigating water damage, our SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth technicians take extra measures to save carpeting materials. When the padding underneath the carpet gets wet, it can disintegrate and fall apart. Pad often gets removed and replaced since it is rather inexpensive to install. 

The first step in removing moisture from carpet is to extract it using specialized equipment. Either a portable or truck-mounted extractor is used to pull water into a tank, or heavy-duty weighted extraction tools get used to suck up the moisture if the carpet has a high level of saturation. Weighted extraction tools use the weight of the operator that stands on top of the unit and rides it across the carpet compressing the carpet allowing more moisture to get pulled out. 

After water extraction is completed, drying equipment will be set up to dry out the carpet inside your home. Air movers push air in a circular motion speeding up the evaporation process. Dehumidifiers then get utilized to pull moisture out of the environment and lower the building's relative humidity. 

In some cases, the carpet gets extremely wet and the sub-floor underneath is also affected by moisture. In cases like this, our SERVPRO technicians pull up the carpet and place an air mover underneath it to float the flooring material drying the floor covering from underneath while drying the sub-floor at the same time. Once moisture levels in both affected elements return to what they were before the loss occurred, the air movers are removed. 

Before we finalize the project we use carpet tools to put the material back into place like it was before drying procedures took place. The last step is cleaning the carpet with disinfectant.

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