What To Do When Water Damage To Carpet Happens?

How To Handle Water Damage To CarpetCan water damage to carpet be repaired?  Some homeowners may think that this type of loss cannot be recovered.  Fortunately, in many cases with the right process, the carpet can be restored.

What should a homeowner do if this happens?  The most important step is to contact a specialized technician that is trained to handle this type of situation.  When a company is found, make sure that that business is associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning, Restoration and Certification, or the IICRC.  The IICRC is a non-profit organization that sets the standards for the industry.  This non-profit also provides certification to technicians.  IICRC-certified technicians are highly skilled and know what to do when flooring in a home is in need of repair.

Time is of the essence when water damage occurs. Mold can begin to grow if the water is left standing for long.  The experienced technician will come out and assess the damage and determine whether or not the carpet can be salvaged.  There are a number of factors that go into deciding this. One of the factors to consider is the source of the water.  Is it clean and pure, or did sewage get mixed in during the incident?  If the water contains harmful bacteria and is allowed to sit for an extended period of time, carpeting may need to be replaced.  Only a trained technician can accurately assess the damage and determine what steps need to be taken. Water damage to your carpet is a frustrating situation.  To ensure peace of mind, contact a certified technician that can handle this type of situation and get things back to normal.

Photo Credit: Justin Awad, Maize & Blue Water Restoration, Ann Arbor, Mich.