There are numerous forms of carpet water damage and a vast number of treatment solutions. Choosing the right method is essential to both the look of your home and the health of all household members. Failure to address microbial issues in many instances, could lead to serious consequences.
With serious flooding inevitably comes serious problems. Luckily if you respond quickly enough and in the right fashion you can avoid some of the more major and common headaches associated with water damage. The more rapid your response, the less likely you are to have issues related to the sub-floor which could result in extensive carpentry repairs.
Depending upon the type of water that the carpet has been subjected to, you may have serious bacterial issues on hand. This is especially the case if the flooding came from a septic system. Professional treatment is the only way to go, as a regular carpet cleaner isn’t likely to remedy bacterial issues in the carpet, carpet pad or those beneath it.
A professional cleaner will typically give the carpet a thorough chemical cleaning. This will include strong cleaners as well as a mold inhibitor and a deodorizer. This will prevent stains from rising to the surface in the near future. It will also ensure that the carpet is safe for walking on barefoot or for small children that frequently pick up small items such as toys and put them in or near the mouth area.
In fact, even if the flooding came from a clean water supply, it is always recommended to have a professional perform the clean-up job. Rapid attention paid to all of the details of a flood prevents future latent water damage, such as warped or softened floor boards, or latent stains which may not present themselves until several days or even weeks after the event occurred. An incomplete self-clean-up also always leaves room for mold to grow.
With severe flooding if you issue a tardy response it is likely that once the carpet has been pulled back for proper drying you will find that the sub-floor has begun to warp. It may appear soft in some areas and have a deep, dank, musty smell. Failing to treat this not only devalues your property but lends to an unstable surface. Further, there is often a huge chance of mold and bacterial issues that can permeate their way back into the carpet and padding even after it has been cleaned.
Whenever the sub-floor is treated it is usually the case the soft and warped boards must be pulled out and replaced. The remainder of the sub-floor should be treated with an anti-microbial solution to deal with issues of mold and bacteria. After the sub-floor has been addressed the clean carpet can then be re-stretched and reinstalled to complete the job.