Do I Need To Replace Water-Damaged Carpet?

Posted on: 29 August 2019

When your home has water damage, you'll want to remove the water as soon as possible and remove anything that has become contaminated by the moisture. However, you might be reluctant to remove carpeting because you won't want to spend money on replacing your carpet. But if your carpet begins to smell bad, this is a sign that you definitely want to replace your carpet. 

Mold Grows Quickly

Mold takes 24 to 48 hours to grow. If you're very fast and can remove the moisture, you might be able to salvage your carpet. However, some floods can last longer than that time period and you may fail to remove the moisture in time. The mold spores won't simply remain in the carpet but will spread to other parts of your home, such as the drywall, insulation, and anything else that the mold spores can attach themselves to. 

Just because you cannot see mold in your carpet, that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. When mold has become visible, this is because it is colonizing. At this point, the mold has grown out of control. However, you should still check your carpet for dark stains. 

Sometimes Only the Padding Is Infected

In some cases, you may get lucky and the carpet padding is the only thing that needs to be replaced, not the carpeting itself. The carpeting needs to be lifted up and rolled out of the way. Then, you replace the old padding with new padding. Then, simply roll the carpet over the new padding. 

Hire Experts

If your carpet has a mold problem as a result of water damage, you will want to replace your carpet. For this reason, it's important to hire a water damage restoration company shortly after you develop a water problem.

One of the features that a water damage restoration company will offer is a carpet drying service. The water that is still in your home can be removed with a pump. A dehumidifier can be used to remove excess moisture from your home. Also, tools such as a water extractor can be used to remove the water from your carpet as soon as possible to avoid mold growth from forming.

You can also use a hot water extractor to remove the excess water. Simply avoid spraying water on the carpet. The extractor will suck the water up into the reservoir that you use to dispose of the excess water.