Wet Carpeting: 5 Ways to Detect Carpet Water Damage
The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton can help you restore your wet carpeting.
When a property suffers from water damage, there will be tell-tale signs that something is wrong, even if the affected areas are not immediately apparent. Water damage can cause several problems, including wet carpeting. When a property suffers from wet carpeting, it is vital to know the common causes and identify the signs so that the property owner can take action as soon as possible.
Unlike other types of water damaged floors, wet carpeting is not always immediately apparent and is not always salvageable. For example, the only restorable carpeting occurs when it undergoes clean water damage, and no mold growth is present.
The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton understand that water damage can happen at any time, and that is why we have put together the following blog post. We want to ensure that you save your wet carpeting before your carpet has been saturated beyond repair. This blog post will cover essential details regarding wet carpeting and the five most common ways you can detect wet carpeting.
The common causes of wet carpeting
Wet carpeting may occur for several reasons. But no matter the cause, it is essential to call water damage professionals as soon as possible to avoid mold damage. Mold will typically start to grow within 24-48 hours in wet conditions, so time is of the essence.
Some of the common causes of wet carpeting include:
- Plumbing leaks
- Broken pipes
- Overflowing tubs or sinks
- Leaking roofs
- Appliance leaks
Detecting wet carpeting
Now that you know the common causes of wet carpeting, you can start to look for any signs of wetness in your carpet. If you suspect that your carpet may be wet, here are five ways to help you confirm your suspicions.
1) Check for water stains
One of the most apparent signs of wet carpeting is water stains. If you notice any water stains on your carpet, the carpet has likely been wet for some time, and the water has had a chance to seep in and cause damage.
2) Musty odors
Another tell-tale sign of wet carpeting is a musty smell. If you notice a damp or musty odor in your home, wet carpeting is likely the culprit.
3) Look for warping or buckling
Wet carpeting will often cause the flooring to warp or buckle. If you notice any changes in the shape of your carpet, it has likely been affected by water damage.
4) Check for wet padding
If you suspect that your carpet may be wet, it is essential to check the padding underneath. If the padding is wet, it is likely that the carpet has been wet for some time and requires immediate attention.
5) Feel for wetness
Another way to determine if your carpet is wet is to feel for wetness. If the carpet feels wet to the touch, it is likely that it is wet and needs to be dried as soon as possible.
Steps to take after finding wet carpeting
Addressing wet carpeting as soon as possible is crucial to preventing further damage. Several consequences can result from not addressing wet carpeting. If wet carpeting is left untreated, it can lead to:
- Mold growth
- Bacterial growth
- Structural damage
Here is a step-by-step guide on what to do if you find wet carpeting in your home:
Step 1. Identify the source of the water
As we mentioned, wet carpeting can be caused by several different things. Therefore, the first step is to identify the water source so that you can address the problem and prevent it from happening again.
Step 2. Call water damage professionals
If you cannot identify the water's source, it is essential to call a water damage company. They will be able to help you identify the source of the water and determine the best course of action.
Step 3. Remove wet items from the affected area
Once you have identified the water source, removing any wet items from the affected area is essential. For example, removing the wet padding underneath the carpet will be a good idea.
Step 4. Dry the affected area
After removing all wet items from the affected area, it is essential to dry the area as soon as possible. Water damage restoration professionals will use various techniques to dry the area and prevent further damage.
Step 5. Install the new padding and dry carpeting
After the affected area has been dried, it is essential to install new padding and dry carpeting. Again, water damage restoration professionals will be able to help you with this process.
Let SERVPRO of North Fulton restore your wet carpeting.
When your property has wet carpeting, it is essential to address the problem as soon as possible. As you have learned today, the longer you wait, the more damage the water will cause. If you need help addressing wet carpeting in your home, SERVPRO of North Fulton is here to help.
SERVPRO of North Fulton is a professional water damage restoration company dedicated to helping our customers restore their homes after water damage. We have the knowledge and experience to quickly and efficiently address wet carpeting.
We understand that wet carpeting can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, which is why we are here to help. Please get in touch with us today for more information or to schedule an estimate.