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Problem with Carpet Water Damage? Here’s What You Need to do

Published December 16

There’s nothing worse than the stains and smells that can remain on your carpet from water damage. When left untreated, your carpet can become home to mould, staining and permanent damage that can degrade the value of your property. With any damage, it is best to act swiftly and accordingly to water incidents. Here is what you need to do if your carpets suffer from water damage.

Remain calm

Water damage can be a very overwhelming experience, and you may want to write it all off and think about replacing everything. Treating significant levels of water damage is a challenging and complicated job which may put you at risk without professional knowledge. Suppose you don’t know what to do after water damage. In that case, the best thing to do is to contact a professional immediately for the right advice on how to deal with the water as it happens.

Act fast if possible

Carpets affected by clean water have a high chance of recovering if you can act quickly. This water could come from overrun sinks or pipe leaks, for example. The best thing to do first is to identify where the water is coming from and stop it. Then if you can, remove any furniture in the room and try to remove excess water from the carpet with dry towels or cloths. 

Now, this may sound extreme but if there’s a lot of water, cut a portion of the carpet out and air it out. Cutting this out will help stop the development of mildew and mould. Carpet can be easily stitched back together and preventing mould is much easier than killing mould in carpets. Once you do this, get some ventilation going with any fans you have. Industrial fans are the best and keep them aimed at the floor for around 1 – 2 days. If you have any dehumidifiers, they can also help in removing water.

If the water is contaminated and dirty, e.g. from a flash flood, then carpet replacement may have to be an option as its very difficult to restore and keep sanitary.

Don’t forget about your insurance agent

Water damage may be claimable by your home insurance provider, on the basis that you weren’t at fault. Get in touch with your insurance provider and sort out the paperwork related to water damaged carpet so they are aware and can begin to take action. Circumstances may vary depending on where you live. The City of Sydney website shows stats and plans about floods in Sydney and can be an excellent resource to start research.

Talk to a professional

Handling water damage can be a stressful and time-consuming job. To save yourself the risk of further damage from DIY resolution, request a flood damage restoration service in Sydney today. Carpet water damage is one of the biggest causes of carpet replacement, and it may be avoidable.

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