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Common Questions Asked About Water Damage On Carpet

Why should homeowners take water damage to the carpet seriously?

When there’s too much moisture in the home, it will cause problems with any organic materials in the building. This includes textiles found in upholstery and flooring. Excess moisture is a common issue in homes with roof or plumbing leaks, older appliances, or foundation issues. The home’s textiles will become a virtual breeding ground for various pathogens when a pipe bursts, a valve on a failing appliance breaks open, or water seeps or surges in after a flood or heavy storm. Bacteria, viruses, parasites and mold are all common invaders that appear when too much moisture is present. Some of these pathogens, like E. coli, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, and spore releasing mold colonies can cause serious health complications.

This health risk is particularly serious in homes with children or pets, which spend most of their time close to the floor.

Why should professionals be hired to handle water damage remediation for the carpet?

Speed and thorough treatment are both essential for completely eliminating all lingering effects of excess moisture. Any textiles soaked through with contaminated water will likely need complete removal, but even clean moisture can facilitate pathogenic growth within 48 hours if untreated.

Remediation technicians know that a quick response is crucial, and having the proper equipment, cleaning solutions and methodology is essential for restoring the carpet to a healthy state. Certified technicians can also minimize the amount of restoration work that will need to be done using powerful industrial air movers and dehumidifiers if necessary to remove large quantities of moisture.

Why is certification important before professionals attempt to remediate water damage affecting carpet?

When a professional seeks certification for remediation, they undergo a detailed education process that teaches them the best methods and equipment to use during the restoration process. Without the proper certification, a technician may do more harm than good to the flooring. They will be more likely to miss pathogens during inspection, misidentify the source of the excess water, leave behind too much moisture, or not use the proper cleaning solutions during treatment. If a technician makes any of these mistakes, it will likely mean the end of the carpeting as a certified technician won’t be able to respond quickly enough to save it.

Where can industry professionals get certified for remediation?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is one of the most thorough and organized remediation certifying organizations in the industry. IICRC registrants are taught the most modern techniques and are introduced to the best equipment available, readying them for any remediation process. IICRC registrants also understand the underlying risks associated with excess moisture, so they are more efficient and can identify and address health risks.




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