There are a number of different reasons why your house might be flooded with water. The easy answer would be because of a natural flood. But, other acceptable reasons like a burst pipe or a flooded gutter are also acceptable answers.
Carpets come in different price ranges and are made of many different materials. They really do bring the look of the whole room together. Taking care of the carpet in your office or at your home is not a difficult task except for when it gets flooded.
Whether or not your carpet needs to be replaced after a flood depends on many things.
Duration for which the carpet was wet
How long was the carpet in water is the first question that you will have to answer if you were wondering whether you would have to change the carpet or not.
If the carpet was wet for less than 48-72 hours then a professional dry cleaning company should be able to make it as good as new. But, if it was wet for more than 72 hours then you should seriously think about changing it. A lot of it also depends on the type of water the carpet was wet with, which leads us to our next question.
The water that affected the carpet
Whether or not the carpet has to be replaced after a flood depends upon the type of water that the carpet was wet with. If the water came from a natural flood then it would be recommended that you get rid of the carpet as soon as possible. It may get cleaned easily but it now carries a lot of infections in it that could possibly make you and your family very sick.
On the other hand, if the carpet got wet for a couple of hours because of a burst pipe or due to some other source of clean water then just drying the carpet out in the open should do the trick although it is recommended that you get it professionally cleaned to get rid of all the infections.
What to do if your carpet is damaged by water
If you just discovered that your carpet has been damaged by water then here is a list of things that you should do to save and protect the carpet against more damage.
- The first natural thing that you will do is to turn off the source of the water. In case of a burst pipe or leakage, it would be best to switch off the source of the water to your household completely and if it was a natural flood then you could try to prevent the carpet from getting wetter.
- Take out the carpet from the wet area if you can and take it out to dry in an airy and warm place.
- After it dries, you could analyse the damage and decide whether the carpet is still salvageable or whether it is best to get rid of it altogether. If you are not sure whether it is okay to keep the carpet or not then the best thing to do would be to call a professional and take their advice.
Although changing the carpet of the whole house or even an area can seem like a lot of work, keeping carpets that are not fit to be used could give way to a lot of infections and could make your family members very sick. It is better to spend a little money on changing the carpet instead of having to pay the big hospital bills instead.