Home floods can be very detrimental and costly. Even after an insurance claim, it can take several days before action is taken place. Although, you do not want wet carpet sitting in your home for that long. Wet carpet and padding is the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and bacteria to grow. This can create a dangerous living environment for you and your loved ones. If you have experienced a flood or would like to know how to remove this wet carpet, here is everything you need to know:
Your first proactive step needs to be removing your furniture from the area. Your furniture can become damaged from the water but also needs to be transferred to take up your carpet. Disassemble any furniture that is too big to remove from the room. Put the furniture in a spot that will not inconvenience the household by staying there for several days.
Cut Carpet and Pad
Carpet and padding are heavy and wet carpet and padding is extremely heavy. You will need to cut your carpet into smaller strips to roll it up and remove it. Consider cutting your carpet into two-foot strips before rolling it. You should roll your carpet and padding separately. Use masking tape or duct tape to secure the rolls from unraveling. If your city will pick up your carpet, make sure you obey city ordinances when putting your carpet out on the lawn. You may need to call a company to haul it away from your home if your city does not take carpet and padding.
Prep for New Carpet
If there are still wet areas in your home, use a shop vac. You can also use a dehumidifier to help remove moisture from the air. Just make sure that your room is entirely empty to prepare it for your carpet installation.
Water damage can be very devastating. Make sure you take proper procedures to prevent any further damage. Taking care of the problem sooner than later can ensure less damage! Your claim may take several days before an installation crew makes it out to fix it. Therefore, taking up your own carpet may be the best action to prevent mold and bacteria from forming in your home.