If your home has flooded and water has gotten into the carpet, you might be wondering what you should do next. Do you need to replace it or will professional cleaning be enough? The truth is that it depends on many factors. In this blog, we’ll be sharing some obvious signs that replacement is your best option.
1. Large Amounts of Water Are Present
The more water that gets into the carpet, the more damage it is doing. Lots of water could mean the flooring, subflooring, carpet pad, and carpet are moist. This can be very hard to dry, clean, and retain. It could end up being very expensive and there’s no guarantee it will work. If you can’t be sure how much water is there, carpet shopping is your best option.
2. Water Has Sat for Over 48 Hours
Based on information from FEMA, carpet cleaning needs to occur 24 to 48 hours after the water gets inside. If you wait too long, it’s far more likely that mildew and mold will grow. Have you waited a bit too long to handle the water? You are likely going to need to replace the carpet.
3. The Water Is Contaminated
Where did the water come from? If it’s from floodwater, toilet backflow, or another source of sewage, cleaning will not be enough. This isn’t something that should even be considered. These types of water have lots of contamination and need to be removed from the home. Only consider cleaning if the water is clean and would otherwise be safe to drink.
4. Carpet Can’t Be Pulled Up
Sometimes, pulling up the carpet will damage it. If this is true, replacement is the best option. Removing all the carpets as a single piece can be challenging, especially in a large room. Most carpeting is cut into pieces to be removed, which means it will need to be replaced.
5. The Carpet Is Getting Old
If your carpet is already old, you might be better off replacing it even if you can clean it. It’s a matter of whether you want to bother with the process. The damaged old carpet might not be worth the risk, expense, and hassle of saving.
In some cases, water-damaged carpet needs to be replaced. However, in other situations, a good cleaning can get things back to normal. If you need professional cleaning for your carpet, look no further than Green Gen Carpet and Fine Rug Cleaning. We’ll make sure your carpet is clean, free of bacteria, and ready to use again.