Repair Carpet Water Damage

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Extreme weather has been no stranger to in 2017 and the storms only continue to get worse near southern areas in the country. Inclement weather can do major damage to a home and if water enters the home it can do major damage to flooring, especially carpet.

In our previous post we explored some ways to prevent water damage in your home. But sometimes that is not always possible.

If you experience water damage to your carpet following a major storm or from faulty plumbing or a leak in your home’s roof or windows, there are a few things you can do to attempt to repair carpet water damage and possibly avoid the need to replace the carpet:


The first option is to call a local service certified in water damage restoration. There are several services to choose from if you research online. The cost of the service will not be cheap but there is a much higher chance of success if you hire a professional than if you attempt to repair the damage on your own.

Depending on how bad the damage is, you might be able to save some money and hire a local carpet cleaner to extract the water from the carpet and the pad beneath and avoid a full-scale repair service and costs.


The first thing you need to do is to survey the extent of the damage. We recommend that you pull up the carpet from the corners and see how well the carpet pad and subfloor beneath have held up after the damage.

You want to identify if the carpet pad is saturated or not and if there is any evidence of mold growth on the subfloor, pad or the underside of the carpet. If mold is already present, you will have no choice but to remove the wall-to-wall carpet from your home. You can find several tutorials online for how to remove carpet from a floor.

If there is only minor saturation beneath the carpet, we recommend running multiple floor fans and dehumidifiers in the room with the corners of the carpet pulled up so that air reaches the areas beneath the carpet to dry it.

You should also use a Shop-Vac® and continue to extract water from the carpet pad and the carpet itself. You will need to run suction over the floor for several hours in order to remove all of the water from the carpet. You will have to run the dehumidifiers and fans for a minimum of 24 hours or more.

You should start to see signs of the carpet drying out within 24 hours. If there is still no mold and no moisture, you can consider the carpet in OK enough condition to keep it in your home. However, we would still recommend a deep cleaning appointment from a carpet cleaning service in order to deodorize the carpet and ensure 100% of the moisture is gone.

If you can avoid replacing your carpet or the costs of total water damage repair and restoration you will save several thousands of dollars in the process.

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