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Signs That You Need to Replace Flood-Damaged Carpets and Padding

A House with New Carpet

Whether you have experienced wild weather, a plumbing issue, or some other type of water damage, your carpet is soaked. And not only is the carpet wet but also the padding underneath it.

Letting your carpets air dry isn't an option for serious water damage. Unlike a simple spill, completely soaked carpets present a more complex situation that requires an expert's help, as well as a water extraction and restoration.

While some carpets are salvageable, others require removal and replacement after the water extraction process. How do you make the decision whether or not to replace your carpets and the padding underneath? Take a look at some of the red flags that signal the need for new carpet.

Strange Smells

You notice a strong odor in your home, and it's coming from your carpets. Mold growth can start as soon as 24 hours after water damage occurs, meaning that if moisture is sitting on surfaces, such as your carpet and the padding underneath, a mold infestation can take hold.

Keep in mind that removing the water from your home is the first step in remedying the situation. But some damage is too severe for extraction alone. If that moisture has seeped down into your carpet's padding, you may have mold growth that stays out of sight. In this case, the musty scent may be the only clue that you have a problem.

Instead of trying to evaluate the moldy issue that may be living under your rugs, call in a damage/restoration professional to assess the situation. If you do have mold under the carpets, removing the carpet and padding is likely the safest answer.

Streaks and Stains

Sometimes, the smell isn't what alerts you to a mold problem growing on your carpets. Mold growth is dark and may appear as streaks or stains on surfaces. Unlike mildew, which is powdery and whitish/grey, mold doesn't easily wash off. Never try to DIY your way to a mold-free carpet. Scrubbing a damp carpet won't necessarily remove the mold.

If a restoration expert feels that the problem is too serious to clean, you'll need to have the padding/carpet combo completely removed before installing new flooring.

Gray or Black Water

What type of water caused the flood damage in your home? Some types of water are less sanitary than others. For example, the fresh water that's flowing through your pipes and out of your faucets is much cleaner than what comes from a backed-up sewage pipe.

Gray water is unsanitary. This type of floodwater likely contains bacteria or other microorganisms that can cause illnesses in humans. Gray water can come from a variety of sources, including your pipes, appliances (such as washing machines or dishwashers), or the outdoors.

Water that is heavily contaminated is considered black water. Letting gray water sit untreated for up to 48 hours gives it time to turn into black water. While a carpet and its padding that are damaged with clean water may stand a chance, those that have been flooded with gray or black water don't.

Just like mold that is growing in your carpets, never attempt to clean or remove gray or black water yourself. This water is highly contaminated and can make you sick. Always hire a qualified professional to extract this water and remediate any contaminants that are left behind.

After the pros remove the water, they also need to remove the carpet and padding because you can't guarantee the complete safety of carpet and padding that has sustained gray or black water damage.

Do you have water damage? Contact Floodmasters to get the remediation services you need.