Having rainwater in the house can have many disastrous effects. Heavy rains that cause flooding can damage the floor, the walls, and the carpet quite significantly. Regardless of the cause, the extent of the damage is amplified if the water is allowed to sit for too long.
There is also the added threat of mould and mildew infestation that can cause many health issues. Therefore, we ensure that we take the necessary actions quickly to avoid any severe damage to the carpet and occupants’ health. Here’s how we do it.
1. Extracting rainwater
The first task is simple but requires some heavy machinery that is designed for this purpose. Fortunately, we own such equipment that can pump out a large amount of water in a matter of time. This can limit the damage to the carpet and increase the chances of saving it. Furthermore, this also keeps mould from appearing that can damage everything it comes into contact with and fouls up the air.
2. Removing water from the carpet
Next up, our skilled technicians make use of a wet/dry vacuum on the carpet to suck up as much rainwater as it can that gets absorbed by the carpet. Afterwards, we use heaters, dehumidifiers, and air movers on the damp carpet to dry it up as much as possible. These work well to remove excess moisture and dry out the air and can take a couple of days.
3. Exposing the floor underneath the carpet
By doing this, we expose the flooring to the blowers and the dehumidifiers that dry it up. This limits mould growth and protect the floor from getting damaged.
Rainwater that infests your home can carry a lot of dirt and bacteria, especially if it has runoff from the gutters and the streets. Therefore, to ensure the house is clean and devoid of bacteria, we use disinfectants as an added measure.
4. Replace the padding
Our team can salvage the carpet, no problem, but the padding may be an issue. The padding underneath the carpet is like a sponge that absorbs rainwater and takes longer to dry. It may lead to excessive mould growth and bacteria. More often than not, as a rule, we throw away the padding and replace it with a new one. These are relatively inexpensive compared to a full replacement of the carpet.
5. Stretching and cleaning the carpet
Carpets that are damaged by rainwater and are treated afterwards can may shrink up. Our technicians ensure that they stretch out the carpeting back to its normal state. After this, a thorough cleaning is due.
Many people think that a simple cleaning solution can take care of the cleaning. However, we know that some cleaning solution may weaken the carpet fibres, especially its colour that makes it look dull. In order to return your home and your carpet to its original pre-flooding state, we use a variety of cleaning methods and machines to thoroughly clean and deodorise the carpet.
6. Checking furniture
Rainwater can damage the furniture quite a bit. Not only does it provide conditions for mould and mildew to grow, but it can also damage the clean carpet. To limit any future contingencies, we assess which furniture can be salvaged and which can’t; whereafter, we get rid of the furniture that can pose a threat to the carpet and the general environment of your home.
Rainwater damage to the carpet can inadvertently cause many issues. Therefore, always seek the help of professional carpet drying and cleaning experts who work fast and are equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to return the carpet and your home back to its habitable state on time.