Why hire us for water damage carpet drying and restoration?
Water damage can be devastating for your home or business. When you need fast, reliable wet carpet drying services, call Wet Carpet Cleaners. We are specialists in water damage restoration, and if we can't dry your carpet, no one can.
Water damage is critical and an emergency. It requires special tools for complete restoration. Drying a wet carpet with a house fan is not enough, or deodorising it with the perfume or scent is not enough to kill bacteria or stop mould from growing. It needs industrial air movers and LGR dehumidifiers to dry, special equipment for steam cleaning and appropriate sanitisation with anti-microbial to kill bacteria and prevent the growth of mould and mildew.
Suppose your attempted carpet and underlays do not get dried up as required. In that case, bacteria, mould, and mildew could grow underneath and which causes more damage to your valuable assets and occupants' health and makes the carpet un-useful. You may have to replace the carpet soon, which could turn expensive in the long run.
Do not ever try to attempt without specialised and required equipment for an emergency water damage situation. It also requires special skills to work on water damaged carpets.
We're the number one choice for water damage restoration services in Melbourne. Get in touch with us today for a free quote for all carpet cleaning and water damage restoration services. The best option is to call professional water damage experts near you. All our technicians are IICRC certified. Call us today on 1300 887 131.
Can water damaged carpet be salvaged?
You can clean the wet carpets if it is due to clean water like pipe leaks, and it may be perfectly fine if there are no stains or lingering odours.
Wet carpets from dirty water like flooding can usually be cleaned if they are not mouldy or mildewed. Whether you can save a flood-damaged rug or carpet depends on the source of the flooding, how long it was wet, and whether it can be effectively cleaned and disinfected.
If your rug has been wet for more than 10 hours, the chances are good that the carpet backing is already ruined. The pad under the carpet will also be ruined and should be replaced. If any part of the carpet is mouldy or mildewed, it cannot be saved.
How long does it take for mould to grow on wet carpet?
When moisture seeps into the carpet, it can cause mould and mildew to grow. If the carpet is in a room that's frequently used or if it's exposed to sunlight, the chances of mould growth are increased. Mould and mildew thrive in warm and damp areas so that these conditions can accelerate their growth.
If you don't see any visible signs of mould, but your carpet still smells musty or has a lingering odour, it may harbour mould or mildew in its padding. The padding absorbs more water than the carpet itself, especially if you could not extract all the water from the carpet before it dried out.
Mildew has a musty odour and appears as small black spots on carpet fibres. It may also appear on leather goods. Leather is porous and holds moisture for long periods, so it's a good breeding ground for mildew.
Do I have to replace the carpet after water damage?
Depending on the water source, wet carpets may need to be replaced. Carpets can be cleaned and disinfected when they become wet from a clean water source like a pipe leak. If drying is done quickly and thoroughly, you can still save your carpet in this situation and need not replace it.
However, if your carpet is soaked in grey or black water, it cannot be effectively cleaned. In these cases, professional carpet cleaning companies recommend that you replace the carpet entirely.
The key to whether or not to replace a carpet is how long they've been wet. The longer your carpet is exposed to the moisture, the higher the risk of developing mildew and mould. If you wait too long to begin the drying process, even if you manage to remove all of the moisture from your carpets, you'll also have to deal with mould removal.
If a large area of your home gets flooded with water from a storm or sewer backup, mould growth can spread quickly in your home and cause significant damage to your carpets and walls.
How long does it take to dry out water damage?
Ideally, it takes between 12 and 24 hours to dry a wet carpet using the right equipment and lift it off the floor. However, it will take two to four days if you house fans or don't lift them.
No matter the cause, you must dry the wet carpet as quickly as possible for mainly two reasons.
- Mould can start to grow in 24 to 28 hours.
- The water can cause your carpet to fall apart. Walking on it while it's wet will ruin it faster as well.
Otherwise, it can damage the sub-floor walls or even lead to mould.