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Floods are awful, especially if you have carpet flooring. Whether it’s due to a storm, melting snow, or a bust pipe, flooding should be addressed without delay! Failing to dry out the carpet as soon as possible runs the risk of mold and mildew growth as well as water damage to areas under the carpeting. If the carpets have gotten wet because of a sewage backup or black water flooding, then you probably need to throw out the carpets altogether due to pathogens and hazardous contaminants. If the flooding was caused by clean water, then we have some tips on how to dry the carpets. When you need a competent plumber in Blair County, you can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing.
Before we get to drying the carpet, let’s make sure the electricity is off to be safe. Head to your electrical panel and shut off the respective circuit breakers. Now, you can salvage any electronics or devices as well as furniture and so on. Next, open your windows and doors to allow air circulation. We can now get to the actual work!
Use a wet/dry vacuum or water extractor to suck out as much of the water as possible. Do not rush this step. Take your time, making sure to pull away as much water as you can. Pull back any corners of the carpeting and use the wet/dry vacuum to remove standing water under the pads.
With much of the floodwater removed, you can now focus on cleaning and sanitizing. Even if the flood was caused by clean water, you never know what contaminants might be there. Clean the surfaces with soap and water, then deep-clean using a solution of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Make sure to wear protective gloves when handling bleach!
Having the windows open should help eliminate a lot of the excess moisture in the air, but that is not going to cut it. Gather as many fans as possible, and don’t shy away from asking neighbors to borrow theirs. Set the fans up all over the area, aligning them so that they blow the moisture outside. You can also employ dehumidifiers and high-powered fans to help speed up the process. In any case, it could take several days for the carpet to completely dry.
Though flooding is hard to avoid sometimes, you are not helpless when it comes to it. There are many preventative measures you can take to minimize the risks. For instance, periodically inspect your pipes and drains for damage or clogging. Make necessary repairs and adjustments as soon as possible. Further, make sure your doors, walls, and roof are sturdy enough to keep outdoor elements from coming inside.
If you need a qualified plumber to repair any pipes, drains, or plumbing fixtures, then feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a price quote upfront. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch today.