If your home becomes flooded, then it is wise to replace drywall and cushioned furniture items that may have come into contact with the water, since these items are extremely difficult to dry out. You also may want to replace carpets that have been destroyed by black flood waters that are likely to contain fecal matter. However, if the carpet has been exposed to clean or gray water, then you can probably clean and dry out the carpeting. You do want to get cleaning right away though. In fact, you should try to remove as much water as possible from the carpet within 48 hours. Otherwise, bacteria and mold spores will take over. Even if you do work quickly, you should replace the carpet pad. The pad is likely to soak up a great deal of moisture and mold will build underneath your carpet. Keep reading to learn what you should do to replace the pad as quickly as possible. Read on to learn more about flood damage repair.
The first thing you will need to do is remove as much water from the carpeting as possible so you can pull it up easily from the floor. You will need to use a wet vacuum or a wet/dry vacuum to suck the water up from the carpeting. If possible, rent or buy a vacuum that is powerful, so you leave as little water behind as possible. You will want to look for a vacuum that has a good amount of horsepower. A medium to large sized device that has at least 3.5 horsepower is a good vacuum to remove water from the floor. Also, make sure the device has good water suction power. This is called the sealed suction, and should be over 50 inches. The higher this number, the faster the machine will pull up water.
Once you get the right vacuum, attach the wide vacuum attachment to the hose. Place pressure on the attachment and move it slowly across the carpet to pick up water. Watch the canister and empty it when it starts to fill up. Continue the vacuuming process until you can no longer suck water out of the carpet.
Pull Up the Carpet
When you are done removing the water, you will need to release the carpeting from the tack strips that keep it in place. The strips will sit fairly close to the wall. Use a putty knife to pull up the carpeting from a corner and start to roll it back. Once you hit the tack strips, you will need to yank on the carpeting to release it. Yank the carpet away from the strips and roll the carpeting from one end of the room to the other. Move the carpet roll into a clean and dry room. Make sure to place a dehumidifier in this space so water can continue to release from the carpeting.
You will see the carpeting pad on the floor at this point. Most carpeting pads are secured with staples. Look for the staples and use a flathead screwdriver to remove them. Roll up the pad and throw it away afterwards. When you purchase a new pad, you will need to secure it with new staples or an adhesive. However, you should make sure the base of the floor is completely dry before adding the pad. While some floors may have a concrete base, many have a plywood structure. Place fans in the room for several hours before securing the carpeting pad to make sure the wood is dry.