Can My Carpet Be Saved After a Flood?
The short answer? Probably yes! But the only way that your carpet can be saved is if it's tended to immediately by a professional.
Ask yourself these questions:
Where did the water come from? This is very important information to know and will determine the next steps taken by the professionals.
Category 1 Water (ex. water supply line): Carpet can be salvaged from clean water if it's tended to within 48 hours (if not, it will turn into category 2 water)
Category 2 Water (ex. washing machine overflow): Carpet can be cleaned if it's tended to within 48-72 hours, if not it will turn into category 3 water. And it must be cleaned and sanitized and the underpad of the carpet must be replaced.
Category 3 Water (ex. sewer back-up): Both the carpet and underpad must be replaced.
2. How long has the water been there? Under IICRC standards, if each category of water is not tended to on time, you will have a bigger issue on your hands. So yes, clean water has the ability to turn into category 3 water (highly contaminated water) if left alone for too long.
3. Can the carpet be cleaned effectively? Again, depending on the category of the water, it can all be cleaned if it hasn't reached high contamination levels and if it isn't category 3 water.
As a homeowner make sure you are on top of water damage in your home. Know what to do when it happens and who you should call. Corner 2 Corner Cleaning & Restoration is your 1-stop shop for all things restoration and cleaning and we are happy to be able to provide both after a flood. Call us for your next flood!!