Did you discover squishy carpet in your basement after a flood? What can you do to protect the surrounding drywall and to save your carpet? Will you be able to enjoy your basement again? Should you do it yourself or hire an expert? Once the inflow of water into the basement has been stopped, you might have an urge to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
If the water in your basement is clean, such as from a broken pipe, you could try to dry your carpet yourself. However, if the source is from storm water or a sewage leak, it may be best to hire someone to take care of it for you, and you should be prepared to replace both the carpet and the pad. These types of companies have the equipment and knowledge needed to restore your basement.
The key to saving your carpet after flooding is to act quickly. You have between 24-48 hours before mold begins to grow. Your priority is to dry the carpet immediately to prevent the mold and its long-lasting musty odor, but put safety first! If there is any risk of electrified water, do not enter your basement until you have shut off the power. If you have any question regarding what is or isn’t safe regarding your flooded basement, contact your utility company before you take any personal action to clean up.
If your flood was only enough to saturate the carpet, remove all of the furniture in the room, and get as much of the water out of the carpet as possible with a rented wet vacuum. You can use large towels to soak up water as well. After you have removed as much of the water as possible, pull up the carpet. You might find yourself wanting to keep the pad, but if the water damage is widespread (as opposed to just one area of the carpet) you should replace it completely.
Tenting the carpet and pointing one or more fans both underneath the carpet and on top can help save your carpet from mold and odor. If the weather is sunny, warm and dry outside, open the windows; if the weather is humid, keep them closed and run your air conditioner to help remove moisture from the basement.
Sometimes, no matter what steps are taken, the carpet and pad cannot be saved. This is always the case if the water contained any contaminants that could pose a health risk. Even if the water was clean, the carpet must be replaced if mold has begun to form. If you find yourself looking to replace your basement carpet after a flood, click here to contact a reputable company in your area that can help you.