Is your carpet salvageable after a flood?
Can my carpet and pad be saved after a flood?
After a flood, homeowners often wonder whether or not their carpet and pad is salvageable. Knowing what type of floodwater that caused the damage is a key factor in determining whether or not you should get rid of it. There are three categories of floodwater that you should familiarize yourself with so that you can have a better idea whether or not your carpet and padding can be restored. Here are the 3 categories of floodwater:
Category 1 (clean water): water that is non-contaminated that usually comes from a broken pipe, sink, etc. Carpets and pads effected by this type of floodwater can be dried and restored in place once all water has been properly extracted.
Category 2 (gray water): dirty water released by sump pumps, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Carpets effected by this type of floodwater can usually be restored if it has been wet for less than 48 hours. In most cases the pad is replaced.
Category 3 (black water): water that contains hazardous contaminants from sewage and toilet back-flows or floods caused by natural disasters. Carpets and pads effected by black water should be removed and replaced.
Every water damage situation varies, so you should always call a professional to inspect the damage before deciding if your carpet or pad is salvageable. We have the damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-flood condition.
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