It is possible to repair water damaged carpets without calling a professional, especially if you don’t have homeowner’s insurance or you aren’t covered for flooding. Just keep in mind that what we are talking about here is clean water damage, which is a burst water pipe or rain water damage to carpets. If your carpets are damaged by sewage water (also known as black water) you will actually have to throw the carpets out as they will become a health hazard.
Steps For Repairing Carpets Damaged By Clean Water
Step 1. Determine that this flooding of water is an isolated incident and will not happen again. Otherwise, get the cause of the water damage fixed before you start repairing water damaged carpets. These repairs will have to be completed within two days so that you can start drying the carpets. Otherwise, you run a health risk of the carpets developing mold.
Step 2. Open any windows that you can and put a dehumidifier along with heavy duty fans in the room to start the drying process. Next, get a water extraction vacuum and get as much water out of the carpet as possible. (Dehumidifiers, water extraction vacuums, and large commercial fans can all be rented from a rental shop if you don’t want to buy them.) Turning on the heat in the home, if it is possible, will also help dry out the carpet.
Step 3. If this doesn’t start working within 24 hours, you will have to remove the tack strips that hold the carpet down to access the underlying padding, which may still be soaked. Many professionals recommend throwing out the padding if it is too soaked to avoid a mold problem underneath the carpet. The problem with mold under the carpet is that you won’t be able to see or smell it until it is too late and poses a health hazard. You may also be able to prop up the carpeting at the edges and aim the dehumidifier and fan directly at the padding to dry it faster.
Step 4. Once the carpet is mostly dry, go over it with a vacuum cleaner to keep the pile from matting. You will also need to spray disinfectant over and under the carpet to prevent mold from growing. Apply the disinfectant sparingly and in two or three passes so that it does not harm or discolor the carpet.
Step 5. At this point, you may have water stains where the water originally pooled or dried unevenly. Since the stains are fresh, you can rent a steam cleaner form the hardware store to get them out. A thorough steam cleaning will also help with sanitizing the carpet. You may also opt to get the carpets professionally cleaned if the water staining is really pronounced.