There are many situations in which a carpet may become flooded or saturated with water of some sort. This could be due to unexpected household mishaps, such as a toilet backup, a bathtub overflowing, a pipe bursting, or a dishwasher malfunction. The cause could be natural flooding. Either circumstance can lead you to call in reinforcements to properly extract the water as well as maintain or restore your carpet.
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When you have a water emergency at home, the first thing you should do is locate the cause of the water and make it stop. The next thing to do would be to call an emergency service company as soon as humanly possible. Water needs to be extracted and cleaned up within 24-48 hours or you can find yourself facing a myriad of unpleasant issues such as:
- Fungus and mold growth
- Bacteria multiplication
When clean standing water permeates flooring such as carpet, flooring can very quickly become vulnerable to mold and the growth of fungi. Moisture is the very thing that allows these organisms to grow and thrive, so it is paramount to do whatever possible to dry the carpet. Mold is microscopic, so when it starts to grow, you will not be able to see it. This can be a big problem, especially if anyone in the home is especially sensitive to bacterial growth. People may have a worse reaction if they are asthmatic, have allergies or have a depressed immune system. Some obvious systems that may occur are respiratory issues, but other symptoms could include: headaches, rashes and skin irritation, joint problems, fever, and intestinal issues.
When you hire a contractor to perform water extraction for you, they work to prevent these issues by getting rid of the moisture and dehumidifying the area. Mold, mildew and bacteria all thrive on humidity and moisture, so eliminating these conditions will eliminate the mold. Your service company will extract the water with high-powered, vacuum type equipment and will also set up dehumidifiers to accomplish this goal. High powered fans will then be used all over the flooded area, to dry the carpet from all angles.
It can’t be stressed enough that time is of the essence, when removing water from carpet. In as soon as 24 hours you may be in the danger zone. Once you get to 72 hours, then mold and bacteria have started to multiply. When you let a professional handle water extraction, in many cases you can restore your carpeting without having to replace it. In flooding that involves the infiltration of any type of dirty water (dirty toilet water, sewer lines, etc), your contractor will need to go through some extra steps such as treating the whole area with anti-bacterial solutions to fight bacteria and germs, following water extraction. Even in this situation, though, quick treatment of the flood may be enough to salvage and restore your carpet.
Flood Kings serves customers who need water damage restoration in Dallas, Plano, Frisco and surrounding cities.