Water damage on your carpet is something many homeowners try to avoid. A little water stain on the wall or the ceiling is annoying, but not as annoying as walking over a wet floor. Fortunately, there are things you can do to repair and replace your carpet when this happens.
Water damage can happen on your carpet for many reasons, but the most common are emergency floods, human error (spilling water on the floor), and plumbing leaks. In this post, we will go through some steps you can take to replace your carpet after water damage.
Steps to Replace Your Carpet After Water Damage
Here are a few steps to take to replace your carpet after severe water damage:
1. Find the Cause of the Water Damage
Finding the source of the damage is crucial because it prevents you from dealing with the same issue again. All your efforts to follow the steps in this guide will be useless if you don’t find the cause of the damage.
2. Check That None of Your Furniture Is Affected
Tables, chairs, cupboards, etc., can be affected by water damage to your carpet. If this happens, they could decay. Therefore, check the ones that are damaged and give them utmost attention.
3. Get the water out of the carpet.
Get as much water as you can out of the carpet. Use a shop vac to get the moisture out if need be. A shop vac is suitable for this procedure because it has a higher suction power than a regular vacuum cleaner.
If you find that you don’t need a shop vac, you can use an absorbent towel. An absorbent towel can also help you get more water after using the shop vac.
4. Sanitize and Dry the carpet
Having molds on your carpet is not suitable for environmental health and hygiene. However, sanitization and drying the carpet can help you deal with molds in the carpet.
You can use a bottle of sanitizer or shampoo to sanitize the carpet. However, you must know how to apply them to prevent further damage. If you aren’t sure, call professionals.
You can start by air drying the carpet with fans and adding dehumidifiers. After using fans, take the carpet outside to sun dry it properly. Sun drying kills molds, insects, and other unhygienic lifeforms growing on your carpet.
5. Remove and Replace Damaged Parts
Sometimes, some parts of your carpet are beyond repair, no matter how hard to dry. For example, the carpet padding could get irrepairably damaged. If this happens, you have to change the carpet padding.
Also, cut out parts of your carpet surface that are damaged and patch them up with new ones
6. Replace the carpet in its position
When you’re done with all these steps, you can put the carpet in its original position.
Sometimes, the damage to your carpet is irreparable. In these cases, you may have to have the whole carpet replaced. If you aren’t too sure, call a professional to look at it carefully and tell you what you should do.